Keep your kids busy while challenging their scissors skills! This little kit is great for small hands who know how to cut and would like some practice cutting felt and specific shapes and angles (it’s tougher than you think!)
I assembled these kits so local parents (or even far away parents) can have everything they need for an at-home activity during self-isolation. All they need add is scissors and glue!
(if you would like one of these kits please don’t hesitate to contact me! More information in the original post on Facebook.
Here are the Step-by-Step Instructions
A note before you start: I’ll be referring to the art-makers (kids) as artists and parents as their “helpers”, feel free to read the instructions aloud to your artist, I wrote it specifically with kids ages 5+ in mind 🙂
- Open up your bag and explore what’s inside! Helpers will gather scissors and glue and set aside
- Next: place the wooden stick inside the small opening at the top, it might take a few tries but I know you can do it! (Helpers, resist the urge to take over!)
3. Start to cut out your shapes in any colour you choose. Here is a list of some shapes that you can try and cut out (if you don’t know what these shapes are, ask your Helper to look them up for you!)
- jelly-bean shapes
You can use any colours of felt that you like, it does not have to look like mine, in fact I hope it doesn’t! It should be your creation, let you imagination make the choices for you! The shapes can be big or little, perfect or imperfect, they can be recognizable or messy; it is up to you!
Cutting out shapes big and small with felt is tricky, but I know you can do it! Take your time and go slow. Start by cutting big shapes first, and then try cutting teeny-weeny shapes. If you are struggling, ask a grown up for some help (but don’t be surprised if they need to practice too! Felt is tricky to cut!)
4. Once all your shapes are cut out, start to place them on your wall hanging. Make a plan for where you want each shape to go. How do the colours look next to one another? How do the shapes feel sitting next to their friends? If you would like some extra practice, name the colour and the shape before you begin to glue! (Helpers: if they are learning colours now is a great time to practice slowly with them. If they are colour-experts ask them to give the colours an adjective or alliteration (maybe explain adjectives and/or alliterations also) and encourage things like Bodacious Blue, Cotton-Candy Pink, Capricious Purple, Melancholy Mauve, etc
5. Time to glue!
If you are using hot-glue with the helper of a grown up that is great, it will dry quickly. If you are using white liquid glue you will need to make sure your artwork dries completely, this takes patience. A handy tip I sometimes practice is learning to use just the right amount of glue: too much glue will take too long to dry, too little glue won’t be enough to stick the felt to the fabric. Experiment and try for yourself to find just the perfect amount!
6. When your glue is completely dry, you are ready to hang and make some tassels! This part is fun but can take some practice. It is great for ages 8+, so for my artists who are under 8, ask a grown up to help you.
Using the string in your kit, loosely measure out x4 lengths of the wooden dowel. It does not have to be perfect, just an approximate amount.
Cut and tie a knot at each end. I used basic overhand knots
7. Attached this string to your wooden towel by wrapping around x2 times, this is what we will use to hang your wall hanging! You’re almost done, so exciting!
8. The next steps are making tassels. They are fun and easy and you can add them to any other projects you might be working on! They also make great gifts. I’ve laid this part out step by step. Take a look at the pictures first and then follow the instructions below.
How to Make a Tassel:
- Wrap the string around your hand (child’s hand) about 10-15 times. Add more or less string based on how fat you would like your tassel to be but make sure you have enough string for two tassels if you desire.
- Cut x2 pieces approx 3″ (it can be approximate and roughly cut, does not have to be perfect but it has to be long enough to tie knots)
- Keeping the string wrapped around your hand, thread one of the cut strings behind all the other strings on your palm
- Tie x2 knots (like tying your shoelaces into a knot) so the bundle of strings is now all tied together
- Take the bundle off your hand and lay it on the table
- Place the other loose string behind the bundle, approximately 1/2 ” from the top of the tied strings, wrap the loose piece around to the front, tie two knots again like your shoelaces to secure it – you should start to see the tassel shape forming at this point!
- Once the knots are secured you can take your scissors and cut the bundle! Trim as you need to.
That’s it! Your tassel is ready to hang! Now – back to the #craftalong
9. Attach your tassels to your Wallhanging with basic knots. Ensure they are secured, trim any excess hanging down and VOILA! Your wallhanging is complete!!
Thanks for crafting along with me, I hope you love your geometric shape wall hanging!! If you liked this activity, can you let me know?? It will help me know more of what I should do next time. Or, if you have an idea you would like to share please feel free to share that with me also!!
TIPS & TRICKS:
- need some help cutting shapes?? Try using a sharpie marker to draw your shape onto the felt first, then cut out the shape. This is great for artists practicing cutting!
- see how small you can make your shapes, the tinier the better!
- once you cut a piece, glue it on right away, that way it can start to dry why you are still cutting out other shapes (the only trouble with this, is that you will be cutting and gluing on the fly, instead of making a cohesive plan. Both options are fun!)
- If you have any other tips, let me know and I’ll share them out!