Mother's day Craft
Lorie McGraw (llmcgraw@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Wed, 7 May 1997 12:51:14 +0000
Sponge Painted Flower Pots:
Here is a craft that I used last night with my Wolves for Mother's
day. It cost about 1.20 per child (I already had the paints) and the kids
Sorry if this is a bit long, but there are many who have never sponge painted.
Sponge Painted Flower Pots:
Time Needed: We did this in a 45 min. meeting.
**Before the meeting (takes about 60 min to dry thoroughly)
Use clear Polyurethane (minwax) and brush or spray a good coating on
the inside of the pot and saucer. (keeps the water from leaking through
and ruining the paint job)
Cut up kitchen sponges to make shapes. Tulip is easy. Make round
and pointed petal shapes, let the kids make as many-petaled flower as they
want. Make some pointed leaf shapes. Make lots of odd shapes from the scraps.
1 4" Terracotta (cheap red clay) pots and matching 4" saucer.
1 4" Coleus, marigold, geranium, etc, or smaller plant
small amount additional potting soil
Old T-shirt to wear over uniform shirt
On the table:
Newspapers covering the table
1 Paper plate for each color paint (I used 4 colors; white, red, blue and green)
cut up sponges
Q-tips (cotton swabs) for painted stems and lines
Fine-tip permanent markers for lines (Sharpies work great!)
Damp paper towels for paint on fingers
During the Meeting:
1. Sponge paint the outside of the pot with flowers, butterflies or
ladybugs. Use sponges and let them sponge different colors.
2. Use Sharpie markers and Q-tips for lines.
3. Choose 1 color and sponge paint the outside of the saucer.
4. Let all dry (don't paint it too heavily and it will dry in no time at
all), clean up and sing a song.
5. Finally plant with a marigold or geranium. Add some extra potting soil
to the pot, place plant in pot, fill spaces with potting soil, press down well.
Oval can be used for butterfly wings (stamp 4 times), lady bug (1 red then
Sharpie lines and dots).
Triangles make a nice repeated pattern for a border, so do squares.
Ovals and diamonds make good petals.
Q-Tip-paintbrush dots make good tiny flower petals.
Try a row of tulips.
Top edge green, bottom part red with black oval Q-tip dot-seeds and you have
a watermelon pot. (this takes longer to dry).
*Get your pots and plants from the garden store...Lowes and Home Depot have
the best prices and sometimes will donate.
* Put a small puddle (about 2 inches [5cm]) of paint on a paper plate and
keep the sponge for that color >on< the plate. Let the kids come to the
paint plate, get the sponge, and return to their pot. Only when they have
returned the sponge to the plate may they get another sponge.
*Sponge painting is done best with an almost dry sponge and tiny amount of
paint. Dip the sponge in the paint and then dab it 3-5 times on the paper
plate to get most of the paint off. Then use it 4-5 times before putting
more paint on it. Use only a dabbing motion, not side to side. I
demonstrated this to the boys using a damp sponge on a chalkboard that was
in the room. Also showed them some patterns, too.
Hope you enjoy. e-mail me at the address below if you have any questions.
(And Don't forget your Mom for Mother's Day!)
(P.S. Barb Stephens, if you want to use this in Pack 114's page, go on and
use it with my blessings!)
Lorie McGraw <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wolf Leader Pack 410 Den 4
Indian Waters Council, Etowah Creek District Columbia, SC
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