What You Need:
- Brown paper bag
- Brown or black tempera paint
- Paper plate
- Shapes for printing such as blocks, paper rolls, or cookie cutters (optional)
What You Do:
- Start by looking at examples of kapa cloth with your child online or at the library. This will give her an idea of what kapa cloths usually look like.
- Although kapa cloth is made from bark of a tree, reusing a paper bag will work just as well. Cut a used paper bag to create a piece of 12" x 12" paper.
- Encourage her to sketch out her kapa design on the paper bag before painting. Often kapa cloths have a nature-themed picture in the center and a border of various geometric designs. They can also have other embellishments such as straight or zigzagged lines.
- Pour a small amount of black or brown tempera paint onto a paper plate and have her begin creating her design, starting with the outside border.
- If she wants do some printing, she can use cookie cutters, blocks, or even toilet paper rolls for circles. Just dip them in the paint and press onto the paper bag.
- Set the finished design aside to dry.
Once the kapa cloth has dried, it can be framed and displayed in her room as a unique and beautiful decoration!