Bring the whole family to our free Drop-in Art classes to create projects to take home, and to draw on the Great Wall of Chalk! Choose one project or several to get your dose of creativity!

Starting March 2017, Drop-In Art will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at both Landis House (67 N. 4th Street, Newport) and Roseglen United Methodist Church (722 New Bloomfield Road, Duncannon).

SCHEDULED PROJECTS

January 6

Egg Carton Snowman
Soda Bottle Snowflakes
Tin Can Snowman

February 3

Paper Heart Wreath
Glue Batik
Heart Tassel Necklace

MAKE IT AGAIN AT HOME!

Canning Lid Ornament

Canning Lid Ornament

Supplies:

Canning lid Scissors ribbon
Christmas card Modge podge brush

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by selecting an image from an old Christmas card or magazine clipping.
  2. Using the canning lid as a guide, place the lid over your chosen image and trace the circle shape. Cut out.
  3. Using modge podge and a brush, apply a thin layer to the top of the canning lid and add the Christmas card circle.
  4. Lightly brush over the surface of the card with another layer of modge podge to seal the card and add a glossy sheen. Allow to dry.
  5. Choose a short length of ribbon or twin and tie into a loop for hanging. Affix the loop to the back of the canning lid with glue or tape.
  6. Hang your canning lid ornament up and enjoy!

Cupid's Arrow

Cupid’s Arrow

Supplies:

Small twigs Felt glue
Baker’s twine or ribbon

 

Steps:

  1. Find some small twigs and trim to about 5-6 inch pieces.
  2. Cut two small felt triangles of the same color to make the tip of the arrow.
  3. Cut two small felt rectangles of the same color to make the arrow ends.
  4. Cut fringe detail into the rectangle end by trimming the felt close together in little strips along one edge of the rectangle. Do not cut through the entire rectangle. Rotate the rectangle and fringe the other side as well. Set aside.
  5. Lay out the triangles. Put glue on one triangle and lay one stick end on the triangle.
  6. Add additional glue (if necessary) and put on the other triangle. Line up the edges of the triangles as best you can making a sandwich with the twig end in between the triangles.
  7. On the other twig end, make a sandwich with the fringed rectangle, gluing the stick in between the felt.
  8. Add bakers twine ribbon on the end of the arrow with the fringe. Add ribbon for hanging if desired.

Bubble Painting

Bubble Painting

Supplies:

Bubble liquid and wand Large white paper Flat tray/dish (2-3+)
Liquid food coloring

 

Steps:

  1. Open your bubble liquid and pour into several flat trays or dishes and add a few drops of different colors liquid food coloring to each dish.
  2. Gently swirl the mixture to evenly distribute the food coloring throughout the bubble solution.
  3. Lay out a large sheet of white paper on a washable surface.
  4. Dip your bubble wand into the colored bubble solution of your choice and blow bubbles over the sheet of white paper.
  5. Choose as many bubble solutions as you’d like, blowing all bubbles on the paper.
  6. The colored bubbles will pop and overlap making beautiful mixtures of color and pattern.
  7. Allow the painting to dry.
  8. Hang and enjoy your one-of-a-kind bubble masterpiece!

Easter Banner

Recycled Cardboard Easter Banner

Supplies:

Thin cardboard (cereal box, etc.) Twine/ribbon Scissors and pencil
Decorative Fabric/ Paper Easter shape stencil glue

 

Steps:

  1. Choose a piece of thin cardboard from an old cereal box and cut into pieces about 4 inches long by 6 inches tall.
  2. Fold over about two inches of the longer side to make a 4in by 4in square, set aside. The folded over piece will be how you hang the cardboard over the twine.
  3. Select an Easter themed shape and trace the image onto the plain side of the cardboard square. Cut out the image.
  4. Choose a piece of fabric slightly larger than your image and glue it to the back of the cardboard with the decorative design appearing through the image opening.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 several times until you have the number of “flags” you desire for the banner.
  6. Cut a length of twine slightly longer than all of you banner pieces, allowing for an inch or two between the flags and several inches on either end to hang.
  7. Using the folded over flap, slide twin into the fold and glue shut. Allow glue to dry.
  8. Hang up your awesome, festive banner!

Flubber

Homemade Flubber/ Slime

Supplies:

Borax detergent Elmer’s glue water
Popsicle stick Measuring cup Liquid food coloring

 

Steps:

  1. Mix 1 TBSP Borax with 1 cup of water. Stir until Borax dissolves, then set aside.
  2. Put 1 cup Elmer’s glue in a bowl and mix with clean water (1:1) using a stirring stick, such as a popsicle stick.
  3. Add several drops of liquid food coloring to get your desired color of slime.
  4. Add the Borax solution to the Elmer’s glue solution little by little to create the slime.
  5. Keep your slime stored in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out.
  6. Have fun with your slime! Enjoy!

Glitter Resin Necklace

Glitter Resin Necklace

Supplies:

Bottle caps Jump rings/ wire Craft glue
Baker’s twine or ribbon Glitter glue Decorative paper
Clear adhesive stickers

 

Steps:

  1. Take an old bottle cap and punch a hole in the rim. Using a jewelry jump ring or small piece of wire, thread through the hole and close, making a loop to hang.
  2. Choose a decorative piece of paper and make a circle the same size as the interior of the bottle cap. To do this, trace the back of the cap and cut out.
  3. Glue the paper into the interior of the cap.
  4. Apply a small amount of glitter glue on top of the paper.
  5. Take a clear adhesive sticker and gently push it into the glitter glue. This will spread out and swirl the glue. (Clear adhesive stickers can be found on either Amazon or at your local craft store.)
  6. Thread a length of cord through the wire loop and tie closed.
  7. Wear your awesome piece of jewelry proudly!

Heart Burst Card

Heart burst “masking” card

Supplies:

White cardstock/

watercolor paper

Cardboard (cereal box) Paint (red, pink)
Pencil with eraser / q-tips watercolors straw

 

Steps:

  1. Create a heart shape from the cardboard from a used cereal box. Stencils or cookie cutters can be used to trace a heart shape.
  2. Fold the piece of cardstock in half to make a card.
  3. Make splatters of watercolor paint and, with your straw, blow from the center out to “burst” the drop. Repeat as often as you like for desired background.  Set aside to dry.
  4. Place the cardboard heart on the card front leaving room around the outside of the heart.
  5. Dip the eraser end of the pencil or q-tip in red/pink paint and dab dots around the cardboard heart.
  6. Make the dots closer together near the cardboard heart and gradually space further out as you move away from the cardboard piece.
  7. After you’ve finished surrounding the cardboard heart with dots, gently lift the cardboard heart to reveal the “masked” heart. Make one for a simple look, or overlap and layer a few to create a design.
  8. Fill out card and send to your friend!

Laminated Poetry Book

Faux Laminated Notebook

Supplies:

White copy paper Stapler Binder clips (optional)
Decorative Paper Clear Contact Paper

 

Steps:

  1. Choose a piece of decorative paper and fold in half.
  2. Fold in half about 6-8 pieces of white copy paper, set aside.
  3. Cut a sheet of contact paper the size of your decorative paper plus about an inch larger around all sides.
  4. Peel off the backing and smooth the contact paper over the decorative paper. Trim the corners of the contact paper on an angle and fold the extra inch over the decorative paper.
  5. Crease the now “laminated” decorative cover again.
  6. Place the white paper inside of the decorative paper and line up the creases. This will become the spine of your notebook.
  7. Lay the pages flat and use binder clips or paper clips on either side of the spine to keep the pages lined up.
  8. Slide stapler to creases and staple at three points, one in the center, and then one halfway from the center to the outer edge on both sides.
  9. Remove the binder clips and fold the book on its spine.
  10. Enjoy your awesome book!

Mini Summer Album

Mini Summer Album

Supplies:

6x 6in. cardboard (cereal box) glue stickers
Various papers Book rings Magazine clippings
Pictures/memorabilia Stamps/coloring/dried flowers,etc.

 

Steps:

  1. Take your two pieces of thin cardboard and cover them in decorative paper. Punch two holes about ¼ in. from the side edge and ½ in from the top and bottom.  These holes will now also serve as your guide for all of the additional papers and memorabilia you wish to add to your album.
  2. Choose papers and add various clippings, stickers, etc. thinking about a theme for your album. You can glue clippings onto the pages to make writing or picture prompts to fill in later.
  3. Some themes for your album many include:
    1. A family barbeque
    2. A family trip to the amusement park, water park, etc.
    3. A trip to the ocean, or other vacation spot
    4. Books you’d like to read/ have read over the summer (impress your teachers!)
    5. A comic book or other fiction story you’d like to write
    6. A book of your doodles
  4. Don’t fill the whole album now, keep it up and add to it all summer. Continue to add to your book throughout the summer by punching holes in your papers, pictures and memorabilia using the cover holes as a guide and sliding them through the rings.
  5. Be creative! This is a book for you, about you, capturing your summer experience!

Mosaic Tile Coaster

Mosaic Tile Coaster

Supplies:

Various small tiles glue sponge
Plaster of paris mix water Small bowl
Flat base (wood/tile) Stir stick

 

Steps:

  1. Take your base, which can either be a small piece of wood, tile, or canvas about 4x 4in. and arrange with the small glass tiles until you have a pleasing design. Space tiles close, but still leaving room for all sides to eventually be surrounded by the plaster.
  2. Glue tiles in place and let glue dry.
  3. Prepare the plaster of paris following the directions on the package. Spread over and between all of your glued down tiles.
  4. Moisten your sponge and wipe the top of the tiles and smoothing the plaster. Be careful not to wipe it from the gaps.
  5. Set aside and allow to dry. After it has set part way, wipe again with a damp sponge to remove any cloudy reside from your tiles.  Allow the paris to set completely, following the package instructions.
  6. Set the tiled coaster on your table and enjoy!!

Paper Plate Animal Mask

Animal mask

Supplies:

Paper plate Scissors/craft knife Masking tape/ duct tape
Acrylic paint Permanent marker Straw
Construction paper

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by cutting a paper plate in half across the radius.
  2. Hold the half plate up to your face and mark approximately where your eyes fall on the plate.
  3. Using your scissors, carefully cut out two eye holes.
  4. Decorate your plate by painting and adding pieces of paper to create a lion, fox, bear, or other animal of your choosing. Construction paper can be cut into circles or triangles and added to the top edge of the plate for ears. Strips of paper can be added to create whiskers and other basic shapes can be used to create a nose or other facial elements.
  5. After your mask has dried, tape a straw to the back of your mask on one side for holding.
  6. Enjoy your mask for Halloween or a fun pretend session!

Pom-pom Pencil Topper

Pompom pencil topper

Supplies:

pompoms Scissors Masking tape/ duct tape
Google eyes pencil Milk shake wide straw (optional)
Small piece of felt

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by cutting a small piece of felt for the base of your pompom critter. These will be his/her “feet.”
  2. Cut a small piece of wide straw and affix your foot piece to one end. The wide straw will fit over the end of your pencil eraser allowing your critter to be removed so you can still use the eraser.
  3. Attach your pompom to the foot piece with tacky or hot glue.
  4. Add google eyes to your critter, also using glue. You can also cut out other small pieces of felt and attach to your critter to add more character.  For example, cut out a small leaf shape to make your critter a fruit.
  5. Allow your critter to dry, then pop him on the top of your pencil and enjoy a fun friend while you write!

Rainbow Weaving

Woven Rainbow

Supplies:

Sturdy paper plate Masking tape White and blue paint
Colorful yarn (cut to 4-8in lengths) twine

 

Steps:

  1. Cut your sturdy paper plate in half. On the bottom flat edge, make a cut notch in the center.  Then cut seven to eight evenly spaced notches along the top curved edge.
  2. Paint the plate with blue paint for a blue sky and add clouds with white paint if desired. Let dry.
  3. Using the twine and masking tape, run a length of twine from the center bottom notch to each of the top notches along the curved edge and secure to the back of the plate with tape. This will be the framework for your weaving.
  4. Starting with the colorful yarn, cut a length of purple yarn about 4 inches and tie near the bottom notch on the twine. Weave back and forth, over and under the twine with the purple yarn.
  5. When you run out of purple, cut another length of yarn from blue and tie it to the purple yarn. Continue weaving as before.
  6. Tie green yarn to the blue, yellow to the green, etc., working in reverse rainbow order as you come up from the bottom of the plate. Cut each piece of yarn slightly longer than the previous piece to allow more length for the weaving as it will need to cover more area as the weaving gets wider toward the top of the plate.
  7. Tie the final red yarn to the twin near the top and enjoy your beautiful woven rainbow!

Ribbon Bookmark

Ribbon Bookmark

Supplies:

ribbon Scissors Needle and thread
button Elastic hair tie Tacky or hot glue (optional)

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by choosing a length of ribbon about 8 inches in length. Choose a button and hair tie to match your ribbon.
  2. Fold one end of the ribbon around the hair tie to create a loop and use the needle and thread to secure the loop.
  3. On the opposite end of the ribbon sew on your chosen button.
  4. Use the elastic hair tie looped over the button to make an adjustable bookmark to wrap around your book while you read.

Sculpty Clay Ornament

Sculpty Clay Ornament

Supplies:

Sculpt clay Scissors Glass jar or cookie cutter
stamps straw

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by selecting a chunk of sculpty clay and rolling it into a small ball.
  2. Using a rolling pin or jar, roll out the clay into a circle about 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Choose a holiday stamp and gently press the stamp into the center of your circle to create a fun image for your ornament.
  4. Identify where you would like the “top” of your ornament. About 1/8 inch from the edge of your circle use the straw to poke a hole for threading your ribbon.
  5. Following the package directions, cook the sculpty until hard. Allow to cool.
  6. Choose a small length of ribbon and thread through the hole and tie into a loop for hanging.
  7. Add the ornament to your tree for a cute handmade touch!

Soda Bottle Bird Feeder

Bottle Bird Feeder

Supplies:

Soda bottle (or similar) Scissors/craft knife Paint brush
Acrylic paint Permanent marker twine

 

Steps:

  1. Begin by cutting a hole about 1/3 up from the bottom of the plastic bottle. (Have an adult do this part).
  2. Paint and decorate your bird feeder and allow to dry.
  3. Tie a piece of twin around the neck of the bottle to make a hanging loop.
  4. Add some bird seed, cracked corn, or sunflower seeds and hang for your birds to enjoy.

Succulent Planter

Small Succulent Planter

Supplies:

Small succulents (faux) Small jar Hot glue
Baker’s twine or ribbon Toilet paper roll Paint and paintbrush

 

Steps:

  1. Find some small faux succulents from the local arts and crafts store and sort into several smaller sized pieces.
  2. Take your small jar (old baby food jars work well for this) and paint the jar with your favorite spring color. Set aside to dry.
  3. Using the toilet paper roll, crumple it into a loose ball and put it into the jar just below the rim. This is the “dirt” for your plants.
  4. Choose several of the faux succulents to arrange in your jar and hot glue in place.
  5. Tie a piece of ribbon or twin around the lip of the jar.
  6. Display your long-lasting, beautiful arrangement!

Tissue Paper Abstract Canvas

Tissue Paper Abstract Art

Supplies:

Small canvas White school glue or similar
Colorful tissue Paper Paint/ sponge brush

 

Steps:

  1. Cut pieces of colorful tissue paper into small shapes.
  2. Spread a thin layer of white school glue on top of the canvas.
  3. Arrange cut tissue paper onto the top of the canvas and press gently to get good contact with glue.
  4. Allow the canvas to sit for a few minutes to allow the tissue paper stick well.
  5. Spread another thin layer of glue over the tissue paper.
  6. Wrap any overhanging ends around the edge of the canvas for a finished look.
  7. Set the canvas aside to dry.
  8. Enjoy your awesome abstract piece of art!

Woodermelon

Woodermelon

Supplies:

Wood wedge Large paint brush Paper plate
Small paint brush Paint (tempera/acrylic)

 

Steps:

  1. Add a bit of red or pink, white, black and green paint to your paper plate pallet.
  2. Using your large paint brush, first make a curved line of green paint following the contours of your wood wedge about 1/3 of the way up from the bottom of the wedge and cover the bottom with green paint as well. This is your “rind.”
  3. After allowing the green “rind” to dry, take the red/ pink paint and fill in the top portion of the wedge to get the interior of the watermelon.
  4. When the red area has dried, fill in with some tear drop shaped black “seeds” to complete the watermelon effect. You can also add a details stripe of white between the red and green curve on the “melon.”  Allow all of the paint to dry.
  5. Your “woodermelon” is now ready as a cute summer table decoration or door stop!
HAVE ANY EXTRA, UNUSED ART SUPPLIES?

Consider making a donation to our art room. We can organize and use your supplies for future drop-in art projects and for Buffalo Kids Arts & Crafts at the Little Buffalo Festival. Please contact jasmine@perrycountyarts.org to arrange your donation.

SPECIFIC NEEDS

January 6 – clean plastic bottles, cardboard egg cartons, tin cans with labels removed

Future projects, date undetermined – gloves/mittens, buttons, embroidery floss, popsicle sticks

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Drop-In Art is funded by the McCormick Family Foundation.