3-D Art Project

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Updated on Jul 20, 2012

Your child makes a pretty picture using scrunched-up fabric pieces which add color and a three-dimensional look to her artwork. These directions tell how to make a sun picture. Your child could also choose a different picture to make, such as a flower or rainbow.

What You Need:

  • cardboard
  • pencil
  • markers
  • fabric scraps, various colors
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun

What You Do:

  1. Heat up the hot glue gun, so it will be ready in a few minutes.
  2. Have your child draw a sun outline in pencil on the cardboard. Later she’ll fill in the outline with fabric “crunches.”
  3. Help her cut pieces of yellow fabric into 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
  4. When the hot glue is ready, put a drop of glue on the back of a fabric square. Then let her fold up or “scrunch” the fabric around the glue dot. The glue will help hold the fabric into a scrunched-up piece.
  5. Your child can carefully use the glue gun to put some glue inside the sun shape, and then push the scrunched-up fabric piece onto that spot of glue. Hold the fabric in place until it feels tightly glued to the cardboard.
  6. Let her repeat steps #4 and 5 for all the pieces of fabric until the sun shape is filled. Voila! She has a three-dimensional image of the sun!
  7. She can use sharpies or regular markers to fill in the cardboard around the sun, for example with clouds, sky, or a rainbow.

A similar process can be used if she’d like to make Fabric Crunch Art of a flower or a rainbow or some other picture design. Just remember to start with a pencil outline which can be filled in with colored fabric crunches. Let her hang her new artwork and enjoy!


Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.