I am writing my first article in the creative section. Let me start by asking you a simple question.
Are you into recycling old items into new crafty kinds of stuff?
If so, read on.
This project uses some old things to make new items, so it’s a great way to teach kids about recycling. You will need some cardboard drink carriers or empty egg boxes to make the paper pulp.
Ages: 6 and up (adult supervision recommended)
- Cardboard Fast-Food Drink Carrier or Cardboard Egg Boxes
- White All-Purpose Craft Glue
- Paint Brush
- Wooden Clothespin
- Old Plastic Bowl
- Styrofoam Ornament Balls
- Blender with tap water
- Foam Sponge Paint Brush
- Black, White, and Orange Acrylic Paint
- (optional) scrap piece of fleece fabric
Preparing The Paper Pulp – Cut your empty paper drink carrier or empty egg box into tiny pieces. Place the pieces into a plastic bowl. Pour in just a little bit of water and let the parts soak for an hour. Once they are right and wet, pour the paper mixture in a strainer. Using your fingers, squeeze out excess water. I love this step. Place paper pulp into your blender container and mix on la ow speed so that it gets soft. Pour the paste back in an empty plastic bowl. Mix in some white craft glue so that you are making sticky paper pulp. Mine is the texture of lumpy dough.
The Snowball- Using a foam-style paintbrush, gently spread white craft glue on half of your Styrofoam ball. Use your fingers and pat on the paper pulp dough so that you include the top half of your decoration ball. Repeat this process on the below half of your ball. Once done, attach the ball up via the clothespin so that it can harden and dry.
Adding The Facial Features – Once your ball is drained, paint with two white acrylic coats. Once that is dry, draw on black eyes, black dots for his lips, and eventually, an orange angular shaped nose.
Optional Scarf: Cut a piece of fleece measuring 2″ wide by about 10″ long, tie it into a loop and then glue it to the bottom of our ball to match a fur scarf.