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Monthly Archives: July 2018

  • DIY Wrapping Paper

     

    DIY Wrapping Paper

     

    If your house is anything like ours, you're looking for ways to entertain kids in the waning days of summer. Homemade wrapping paper is a great idea for a way to spend a day being creative while creating something useful.

    Over on Pinterest, we found a bunch of ways to make homemade wrapping paper. For each idea, start with either a large roll of craft paper or a few big sheets of art paper. (You can even cut up a paper grocery bag in a pinch!) Here are three of our favorites:

    Potato Watermelon Print

    This one requires just a paintbrush, some paint, and a potato. Cut the potato in half once, then in half the other way. Use the edge to make red prints onto the paper. Once dry, add black "seeds" and green "rind."

    Twine

    This one has a sophisticated, artsy look we love. Wrap a small woodblock with twine. Make sure not to be too neat with the wrapping, since you want a loose, organic look. Then use a stamp pad to make prints of the wrapped block. Try different patterns.

    Corn Cob Print

    How fun is this? Use a corncob like a rolling stamp to make interesting prints and patterns. See if the recipient of your gift can guess how the prints were made!

    Spend a day making a few sheets of DIY gift wrap. School will be here before you know it, but so will the (gift-giving) holidays!

  • Map Art Makes Kids Rooms More Fun!

    Watercolor Map - Bright by Katie Vernon Watercolor Map - Bright by Katie Vernon

    Map Art is on our minds today because next month bring us Hawaiian Statehood Day! The third Friday in August is the official celebration of the day Hawaii became our fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.

    Hawaii Fast Facts

    Hawaii is the world's largest island chain.

    Hawaii's nickname is the "Aloha State." "Aloha" means hello and goodbye in Hawaii.

    There is only one land mammal native to Hawaii: the Hawaiian hoary bat. People brought all the other land mammals to the islands.

    Hawaii is the only state with 2 official languages: English and Hawaiian.

    The Hawaiian capital of Honolulu is the birthplace of our 44th president, Barack Obama.

    Hawaii expands more than 40 acres per year, thanks to Kilauea, Hawaii's largest volcano. Its eruptions add lava to the island that makes it larger every time.

    Can you find Hawaii on a map? Check out our map art!

    We can help! We have a lot of map art for kids, and some of it can even be personalized with a child's name. Some of our map art features the whole world and others feature the US. Map art combines learning and art in a creative and fun way.

    Happy Statehood Day (almost), Hawaii!

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