According to Ancient Greek mythology, the messengers of the gods wore winged sandals to help them fly speedily from place to place. Capture a bit of the same magic with winged socks! While this clever sock craft may not grant you the power of flight, it may help you slide faster around your house.
What You Need:
- Freezer paper
- Craft knife
- Ironing board
- Gold acrylic paint
- Paint brush
What You Do:
- Help your child draw a wing on a piece of freezer paper.
- Have her protect her work surface with a few sheets of newspaper.
- Working on top of the scrap paper, have her carefully use the craft knife to cut out the wing. Make sure she knows that the freezer paper will serve as a stencil for her craft. The outside outline is more important the the wing itself.
- Help her flip the stencil over and trace it on another sheet of freezer paper.
- Have her use the craft knife to cut this wing out as well. Now she should have freeze paper stencils for two wings.
- Preheat the iron.
- While the iron is heating, help your child position the stencils on the socks. The wing tips should point toward the heel of the sock. Make sure that the shiny side of the freezer paper is against the sock.
- Help your child iron the stencils onto the sock.
- Prepare the sock for paint by slipping a piece of foil into each sock. Position it beneath the stencil to keep the paint from bleeding through.
- Have your child paint the wing onto the sock, starting from the center of the wing out towards the edge of the stencil. Make sure she adds as little paint as possible. Puddles of paint on her sock will take a long time to dry.
- When the wing is completely covered with paint, remove the stencil.
- Repeat this process with the second sock and stencil.
To make more mythological socks, try creating stencils for Poseidon's trident, Zeus's lightning bolt or Athena's owl!