Create a beautiful hand-printed card for Mother’s Day or to celebrate spring. Kids paint on yarn wrapped around cardboard to “print” onto white paper for both a card frame and the base of a flower picture. Flowers, stems and leaves are then cut out of colorful construction paper creating a colorful layered collage.
What You Do:
- Tape the end of the string on one side of a cardboard rectangle. Wind the string around and around the cardboard rectangle until you have lines of string covering the width of the cardboard. Leave space between the string for a more interesting print. Cut the string and tape it on the same side as the first piece of tape.
- Paint the string on the side of the card without tape with a bright colored paint using a paintbrush. Stamp the wet, painted strings onto the white card.
- Print more lines on the card, adding more paint as you go. To add more colors to the print, wind new string around cardboard, Start a new cardboard wound with string for each color. Allow the card to dry completely.
- Cut a square from one of the sheets of construction paper. It should be smaller than your card. Then, cut another square from a different color construction paper that is smaller than the first square.
- Print strings onto the smallest square you cut out and allow it to dry.
- Glue the un-printed square in the center of your card. Glue the small printed square in the center of the solid square.
- Cut a flower head out of a piece of construction paper. It can be a tulip, daisy or any other flower you can imagine. Cut out a small circle for the center.
- Glue the flower head onto the center of the small printed square, and the center dot in the middle.
- Write a message in your card to someone you love and brighten their day!
If you have room on your card, you can cut out a stem and leaves from green construction paper to add to the flower. Or, you can make multiple flowers by cutting out more shapes from the construction paper.
Ellen Dean has worked as an art educator in Thailand since 2005, working with both children and adults. She has also been a professional artist working in painting, sculpture and photography since 1996.