Torn Construction Paper Craft Ideas for Kids

Sometimes kids need to get a little destructive and tearing paper is a controlled way to get out pent up energy and practice fine motor skills!

Here are a couple ideas for creating torn paper crafts using scrap paper and glue ~ no scissors required!

Torn Construction Paper Portraits

For this craft you will tear strips of paper and create a portrait. Kids can create a self portrait or make the face of their favorite character!torn-construction-paper-portrait-1

Materials

  • glue sticks
  • assorted colors of scrap construction paper
  • skin colored construction paper
  • black construction paper

Directions:

torn-paper-portrait-2Start by tearing skin colored construction paper into an oval to create the shape of a face. Tear some construction paper into a rectangle for the neck and glue it onto the back of the face. Glue the neck and the face onto a piece of black construction paper.

Tear scrap construction paper into a rectangle for the shirt and glue it into place.  Use scrap paper to make the eyes, hair, nose, mouth, and any accessories that you want to add.

 

 

Torn Construction Paper Landscapes

Tear paper into strips to create a beautiful landscape for the background of a portrait or on its own!  Below is an example of a colorful landscape  you can make out of torn construction paper.

torn paper landscape

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Before you begin, decide on what kind of landscape you will be to creating.  Do you prefer a desert or  mountain landscape? Maybe you have an idea for something else. What time of day will it be in your picture?  Will you add trees or bodies of water?

Next, decide what colors you will be using.  You can even use pictures from a magazine as inspiration.  Now your ready to begin!

Directions

1. Choose a color for the sky in your picture.  Place this piece in front of you. This piece will be the background that you glue all the other pieces to.

2. Begin by tearing a strip of paper  for the top part of your landscape.   Tear it so it is the same width as the background.  Position it a couple of inches from the top, leaving enough room for the sky.  Don’t glue anything down yet!

3. Continue to tear and arrange pieces of construction paper until you are done adding the mountains, plains, and hills.

4. Tear a circle shape for the moon or sun

5. Adjust and arrange the construction paper until it is the way you want it.

6. Glue each torn strip to the background piece, starting with the highest paper strip and working your way down. Tuck in the sun or moon behind the top piece and glue it down to complete your beautiful picture!

I hope you enjoyed these craftivities! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

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How to Make Paper Beads

paper bead necklaceHow to Make Paper Beads. Today we will make beads out of paper.  Once you finish making the paper beads, you can string them together to create unique necklaces, bracelets, earrings, & pendants!

Paper beads are fun to create and make amazing gifts for family and friends! I have even made paper beads with kids in my classroom. Many of my 4 and 5 year old students were able to roll them up and make them with a little help from the teacher!  Younger students can help choose pictures and cut strips.  They may need some help rolling the beads up.  Either way, it’s a great fine motor skill to practice!

Making Paper beads can be environmentally friendly too,  when you use recycled paper or magazines that might otherwise be thrown away to create your own jewelry.

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

Paper Beads Made from Magazines

Paper Beads Made from Up-Cycled Magazines

Materials

Pick Out The Paper for Your Beads

Choose bright and colorful paper if you want your beads to be bold and bright. You can also use bright and colorful images from magazines to make vivid and eye-catching beads, or make some really neat black and white beads by using the text and written parts of the magazine.  I prefer to use magazines to make the paper beads because the paper from the magazine pages is thin and is easy to form the beads with. Another reason to use magazines, particularly fashion magazines, is because you can get some really great trendy colors that will make for some nice looking jewelry.

Paper Bead Bracelet

I made these paper beads into a bracelet. I painted the beads with glitter nail polish to give them a little shimmer!

Choose Your Glue

In addition to the paper or magazines, you will need some varnish (clear nail polish works well too) and some tools to measure and cut the paper if you want your beads to all be the same size. You can also substitute the varnish for some plain old Elmer’s School glue (in a bottle, not the stick)  if you have that on hand.   Your beads will have more of a matte finish if you do it this way but they still look awesome! One more variation that you can try is to paint some glitter nail polish onto the beads to add a little extra sparkle.  I tried this and it turned out pretty nice I think (see picture on the left)

Form The Beads

To make the beads shown in the picture, cut long thin acute triangles out of your paper or from magazines pages.  The width of the strip of paper should be about 1 inch wide or less and the length  should be about 3 to 5 inches. The longer you make the triangles, the fatter the beads will be.  The wider you make the triangles, the wider your beads will be.

If you want all of the paper beads to be the same size, you need to cut paper triangles that are all the same size. When I made my beads, I didn’t worry so much about making my beads all the same, so I did not measure the paper before cutting.  My beads turned out just fine this way, some were just a little bit longer or fatter.

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Long thin paper triangles cut from colorful magazine images.

After you cut out the triangles, arrange them by color.  Take one of the paper triangles and paint on a thin layer of varnish or watered down school glue onto it.  Roll it up tightly around a nail or round metal skewer to create a hole in the middle, starting with the wide bottom end, and rolling it to the top point of the triangle.  Smooth the bead over with your fingers and move it back and forth a little so that it doesn’t stick to the nail or skewer.   After about 20 seconds the paper will stick together on it’s own and you can take the completed paper bead off the skewer or pencil and place it aside.  Repeat with another triangle and continue to make more paper beads until you have what you need.

Other Paper Bead Designs

This image shows how to create beads in a variety of shapes.

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thin elastic string

The elastic string I use to string the paper beads into necklaces and bracelets.  You can use it for stringing all kinds of tiny beads into jewelry and you get 229 ft of it per roll. It’s on sale too at the moment – you get one roll for $2.29, that’s a steal compared it’s normal price of over $10.00!

Stringing Your Beads

When you have made enough beads to create your jewelry, you can string them together on a piece of thin elastic.  I use this technique when creating bracelets. I like to string my paper beads together with thin white stretchy elastic beading cord (click on the link or picture to purchase some for yourself). This stuff is perfect for stringing together all types of small beads

You can alternate the paper beads with some glass or wooden beads, or make your piece entirely out of paper beads.    Finally, tie up the ends of your beautiful new bracelet or necklace.  If you are making earrings,  you might only use one or two magazine beads on each piece and you could add a pretty crystal or other bead to complement the paper bead.

Making Paper Beads with Kids

When creating beads with children, some kids will be able to cut out the triangles and create the beads all on their own.  Some will need an adult to cut the triangles for them, but will be able to do the rolling and gluing part.  Some will need even more support, it just depends on the kid.

What a great way to give your little ones practice with their fine motor skills and the finished product makes a beautiful gift for friends and family!  I love how colorful they turn out and each bead is so beautiful and unique!

 

paper bead keychain

Paper bead keychain

 

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Shark Crafts for Kids

During our ocean unit, we spend a little time learning about sharks and make a few easy shark crafts. Sharks can be kind of scary but these crafts are mostly on the cute side.

Here’s a list of my favorite easy shark crafts for kids.

#1. Make These Paper Plate Sharks
You can make these little sharks out of paper plates. Here’s how:

Cut out a red circle for the inside of the mouth, triangles for the teeth, and half-ovals for the eyes.

Fold the bottom part and staple or tape the eyes in place and use a marker to color the dark part of the eyes.

For the back fin, cut a paper plate in half and fold the bottom edges so it can be attached with staples or tape.

shark craft with paper plates

Image Credits: http://www.pupperoos.com/?page_id=388
#2. Make Paper Plate Shark Jaws
The shark jaws are just a little creepy! Fold and cut paper plates in a jagged line and around the outside to create some realistic shark jaws!

paper plate shark jaws

Source: Dollar Store Crafts Paper Plate Shark Jaws
#3. Create A Recycled Paper Towel Roll Shark
Reuse paper towel rolls to make this shark craft.  Cut out a triangle from one opening on the cardboard roll.  This will make 2 triangles.  Glue one to the back and one to the top to make the fins.  Paint the whole thing blue.  Add some small triangles cut from white paper to make the teeth, and glue into place.  Add google eyes and paint on some gills to complete your shark craft!

shark craft toilet paper roll

Source: jennwa.blogspot.com/2008/06/toilet-paper-shark.html
#4. Color These Realistic Shark Coloring Pages
Here is a realistic looking shark coloring page that you can download for free. Click the picture below for the full-sized image)

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://www.bestcoloringpagesforkids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Tiger-Shark-Coloring-Pages.jpg

shark coloring page

Source: http://coloringkids.org/wp-content/uploads/shark-coloring-pages-7.jpg

Cartoon Shark Coloring Page

Here is a cartoon shark that would make a good puppet. Color and cut around the edge of the image.  Tape a popsicle stick to the back.  Use one of the images above to make a more realistic shark puppet.

 

shark coloring page

Source: http://discoverykids.com/img/images/Shark-1.jpg

#5. Create A Paper Plate Shark

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You can make this paper plate shark craft with some paint and craft foam. Visit Craft-Crafted.com for detailed instructions.

 

#6. Make A Cupcake Liner Shark

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Follow these directions on IHeartCraftyThings.com to make this shark craft out of cupcake liners.  http://www.iheartcraftythings.com/2015/04/cupcake-liner-shark-kids-craft.html

#7. Make A Shark Fin Hat to Wear

shark-hat

Make a shark fin hat out of blue or grey construction paper and pretend you are a shark. So fun if you are a kid!

Full instructions on GluesticksAndGumdrops.com.

#8. Create a Newspaper Shark

newspaper shark craft

Kids can make this shark craft with some newspaper, construction paper google eyes, & a little glue.  SourceNewspaper Shark Craft by I Heart Crafty Things.

#9 Make this Balancing Paper Plate Shark

paper plate shark

This paper plate sharp balances on his own. Artsy Momma has the full instructions here: Paper Plate Shark by Artsy Momma

#10 Make A Popsicle Stick Shark

popsicle stick shark

This activity is all about sharks and shapes! Glue popsicles into a triangle shape, then paint them grey.  Attach grey paper fins, tail, and body. Finally, add white foam or paper teeth and a google eye.  Find the original instructions here: Glued To My Craft’s Blog Triangle Shark Craft.

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Click here to visit my Ocean Crafts and Activities Board on Pinterest for a collection of underwater inspired activities. I put shark activities I find here, as well as other sea life and ocean crafts and activities  —->

If you liked these crafts, you might like the Baby Shark Song: Lyrics, Movements,  and Music Videos.

Baby Shark is a fun shark song & movement activity!  Dance and have a shark-themed sing-along!

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7 Magazine Collages – Upcycle Magazines to Create Works of Art

Create unique magazine collages while you recycle, reduce, and reuse. Reusing old magazines means less paper waste and you can use this activity to teach kids about recycling and repurposing.
Magazine Collage

Here are some tips for making the most out of your magazines.

Select Magazines with High Quality Images

While selecting magazines for your collage, think about the overall look you want your collage to encompass.  Do you want to create a serene nature scene or a bubbling social statement?

Pick the type of magazine that will work best for your project.  This one seems like a no brainer, but if you are trying to make a magazine collage out of Time Magazine cuttings, be prepared to use the text as part of your artwork.

National Geographic is a great magazine for many types of collages. It’s pages are filled with gorgeous photographs of interesting people and animals.  The colorful pictures in National Geographic can be used for magazine collages, dream boards, and many other art projects.

Search & Find Free or Inexpensive Magazines 

You can find inexpensive magazines at thrift stores and yard sales. Even better is getting them for free. Save the magazines you have a subscription to for crafting and you will always have what you need on hand. You can also check your local library or doctor’s office to see if they have any old magazines for your projects. One more place to look for used magazines is at the recycling center.

Once you have all of your magazines, you are ready to start your collage.

Need some ideas for your craft? Try one of these:

1. Cut-out Magazine Collage Craft – See Picture Above

Materials

  •  Old Magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Directions

1.  Cut shapes and pictures that interest you out of old magazines and arrange them on a piece of construction paper. Add the largest images first.

2.  Add smaller pieces to cover up rough edges and fill in any empty spots.

3. Try to cover up the entire piece of construction paper with magazine images.  The more images you use, the more intricate and interesting your collage will be!

 

2. Dream Board Magazine Collage

1. Use magazine cut-outs to create a dream-board.  Instead of using a piece of construction paper as your background, use a canvas and glue the cut-out magazine pictures down with rubber cement.  Use the rubber cement over top of the collage to seal the image and keep the magazine clippings in place.

Here is a tutorial for creating the dream board magazine collage shown in the picture above (also called a vision board):  http://nicolewolf.com/create-your-vision-for-this-year/

 

3. Create A Silhouette Magazine Collage

Fill the silhouette with images of what you are thinking about or anything that interests you. In the article with the original idea (link is below), it tells you to draw around a child’s face to get your silhouette, but I think it would be easier, and look nicer, if you took a picture, and then cut around the silhouette with scissors.  Either way, here is what it looks like:

Once you have the magazines for your collage, flip through the pages and find the images that you will be cutting up for your collage.

Original idea here (tons of self-portrait ideas too): http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/elem/images/Jeryl-silhouette.jpg

 

 

 

And if you are looking for even more ideas on how you can reuse old magazines and other junk mail and paper, check out this page with 100 ways to creatively reuse old magazines!

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