Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Recycled Angel Craft

Recycled Angel by Mia, Age 3 1/2
  • paint brushes
  • 2 coffee filters 
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • scissors 
  • acrylic paints (or tempera)
  • gold pipe cleaner (or yellow)
  • empty plastic canister with lid (from Gerber puffs)
  • watercolor paints (optional)
  • rick rack (optional)
  1. Paint a skin tone on the front section above the neck of the canister to be the angel's face. We mixed pink and white paint for ours. (If you don't have a plastic canister like this one you could use a Pringles tube or a paper towel tube.)
  2. Paint the remaining parts of the top section to be hair. Also, paint the lid to match. Mia chose brown for her angel's hair. (You might also use yarn for hair.)
  3. Paint the bottom section of the canister as desired to be the angel's clothes. Mia chose pink. Any color would work. Once the paint was dry, we glued lavender rick rack around the neck line and closer to the bottom of the angel's dress. You could decorate your angel with different colors of paint, permanent markers, puffy paint, or paint pens.
  4. Once the paint is dry, add facial features. Mia painted a red mouth, lavender eyes, and a turquoise nose. You could also use googly eyes and permanent markers, puffy paint or paint pens.
  5. Put some glue around the outside of the lid. Next, wrap a gold pipe cleaner tightly around the lid, twist it closed, and trim off the excess (about 2 inches).
  6. For the angel's wings we used 2 coffee filters. Mia wanted them to be red so I had her paint them with watercolors. After they were dry, we pinched them together and glued them to the back side of the angel.
Tip: For something a bit different, you could adapt this craft to make a fairy (glitter would be perfect!) or add extra (colorful!) wings and some pipe cleaner legs to make a butterfly.

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