I love Valentine’s Day. Not even for the romance and such but because I love the color combo of red and pink and IÂ love to decorate for Valentine’s Day. It helps me with the post-Christmas blues after I have had to tear down the winter wonderland. Admittedly I often put Valentine’s Day decor up in early January.
We used a black tri-fold school presentation board to create it into a night scene. We taped our painted fireworks to the sky area, used blue felt scraps to make our ocean scene and placed our origami boats and sea monsters on top of the water area. Note the monsters are attacking and eating the boats! We finished it off by creating a 4th of July canvas and felt banner. Â And a final touch of silver, glitter, star stickers everywhere.
HAPPY 4th OF JULY! Be safe.
After creating our painted fireworks and origami 4th of July themed boats, we hated to waste the leftovers so we painted the outside of the TP rolls we had used as brushes. We cut up an old pillow case into 8Â x 8Â inch squares, filled the center with cotton batting, wrapped a rubber band around the outside making a ghost like shape. Then we painted the ‘head’ and added facial features. We tucked the ‘heads’ into the top of the TP tube and glued it in place.
We called them sea monsters over octopus because they had many more tentacle legs then eight! Some had two eyes and some, like this one shown in the picture was a cyclops.
This 4th of July we took a clue from Pinterest and made painted fire works.
The first step is to gather used toilet paper rolls.
Next, cut one end like a fringe, don’t cut all the way to the other end – leave a good inch or two so you have something to hold on to.
Once the fringe is cut all the way around, flatten it out in preparation for using it like a brush to dip into paint.
Now, lay out several paper plates and pour different colors onto each plate. Dip the TP brushes into the colors, leaving one ‘tp brush’ assigned to each color so as not to mix them.
Stamp the ‘tp brush’ dipped in paint onto black construction paper. in fireworks patterns.
Now make as many as you have sheets of black construction paper.
It’s that time of year – January makes us contemplate the year ahead and all of the things we’d like to accomplish. I am not big on making resolutions but instead I focus on setting goals. I sat down recently and made goal lists for the coming year and when I painted them I thought to myself that I should share these as inspiration sheets. So here are short and long term goal sheets. Only write down three to five goals as that allows you to be more focused. Also,Â be specific with your goals because being to broad or too abstract allows you to get out of it.
Download the high res PDF here: Long Term Goals Sheet
Download the high res PDF here: Short Term Goals Sheet