Thursday, April 8, 2010

Easy Kid Spring Art Craft: Tissue Paper Forsythia

This craft is 
an oldie but goodie
from my own 
elementary school days. 

So simple that you can make it 
with your two year old,
or get your school-age child 
set up with supplies and let them go!

The best part is that
you probably have all of the supplies
for this project
handy in your house.

You'll need watercolor (brown)
for the stem
(or diluted with water acrylic craft paint)

A drinking straw.

Yellow tissue paper and glue.

Begin by selecting your paper size,
large blue or white paper looks nice 
but other spring colors like pale green or pink
can be quite cheerful.

Hint: Small note cards with spring branches
make lovely 
spring greetings,
baby shower cards,
Mother's Day cards!

To create the stem,
add a puddle of very watery brown paint
at the bottom of your paper,
then use a drinking straw to 
"blow" a branch shape
(like we did when we made our fall halloween trees)

Then, using small torn squares or bits of
yellow tissue paper,
crumple them up and glue 
onto your branch for spring
forsythia blossoms.

You can add bits of green tissue
for leaves (or paint/stamp) leaf shapes
to add more interest and color.

How sweet would some 
(my friend Jen made with her daughter Novi)
be added to this branch?

You can also do this with pink tissue for
cherry or peach tree blossoms,
white for apple blossoms,
lavender for redbuds!

Happy Spring Crafting!


jlbee said...

i looove these! i fondly remember doing all sorts of tissue paper gluing when i was little. also thanks for the birdie shout out... to combine your mentions of fingerprinting and the cherry blossoming, check these out, too
happy spring to your family!

Kyrstin said...

Great project! We will be doing this one for sure! Thanks for sharing.

Mrs Addams said...

i love these. elegant and earthy.

sippy cup mom said...

I loved this project in school...I remember making cherry blossoms and blowing ink. Thanks, Karen

amandab said...

That is so pretty!

I might have to do it on my own time though as Princess really didn't get into it when we did our own straw-blowing painting activity. Personally, I loved it, and think that any time Mumma says it's okay to be blowing through the straw should be taken advantage of!

Jennifer Williams said...

Hi MaryLea, lovely idea, I have linked to it for my 'Friday's Favourites' post over here in the UK!!

have a great weekend, Jenni

Confessions Of A Homeschooler said...

That looks like fun, we might just have to try this! Thanks for sharing

Holly Renee said...

This looks so cool and easy. I don't have kids and I think I am going to do this one this afternoon. LOL

pink and green mama said...


I think making the project yourself is a great idea! We should always make time for our own creativity. You wouldn't laugh at Martha Stewart if she made them on her show to hang over a sofa : )


silly eagle books said...

This is beautiful MaryLea! I can't wait to try this with my daughter. We are ready for spring!

Toilet Paper said...

It looks true even though it's just a toilet paper.

Frances7th said...

Love the Forsythia branch project :) Sure sign of Spring!

Nissa said...

This beautiful craft project was added to our family's Friday Finds link-up !

We can't wait to try it out!

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