Make Easy Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 1

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Raise your hand if you've made or plan to make salt dough ornaments this season! Yep, I see a lot of you out there. It seems we're not the only ones, but in case you haven't committed to this yet, I have one piece of advice for you: While the recipe is simple, give yourself some time! This is a 2-part post. In the first part I'll share a salt dough recipe with baking … [Read more...]

Halloween Tradition: Little Fabric Ghosts

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This little fabric ghost tradition began last year, and N has been begging me to revive it for weeks. We haven't had any white fabric in the house, I didn't have the energy to make a fabric run, and then low-and-behold I found a quarter yard of fabric in a closet sweep a few days ago! Yay for "free" fabric. It's more craft than art, but you'll see in a minute how this can be … [Read more...]

Tin Painting for El Dia de Los Muertos

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The Mexican folk art of tin painting is eye candy for little kids, such a fun medium to play with, and it's perfect for El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead, November 1 & 2). I used to lead this activity when I taught art in Los Angeles elementary schools, and I've seen 100's of children get sucked right into it, inevitably asking for more. I was curious to see if … [Read more...]

Soap Making Experiments

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We made soap wrapped in hand-painted paper for Mother's Day! I've never made soap before, so this was a fun experiment for us all. First: Hand-painted paper... Materials liquid watercolors assorted paintbrushes pipettes a big sheet of watercolor paper to cover her work area small pieces of heavy, absorbent tissue paper that came with some packaging in the … [Read more...]

Holi Colors

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Stanford throws the biggest Holi festival celebration in the Bay Area, and we were lucky enough to join in the fun this weekend. In India, Holi marks the beginning of spring and it's celebrated by covering friends and strangers with bursts of powdered colors. It's also a day when enemies turn friends, which I can only imagine is symbolized by everyone donning the same rainbow … [Read more...]