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easy art idea: Garland


From: MaryAnn Kohl (maryann_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Mar 14 2001 - 10:19:42 PST


Here's one of my favorite easy art ideas:

    This project uses all kinds of saved paper that kids thread on yarn or
string in patterns of their choice. As with most of the art I like to do
with kids, the creative process takes precedence here... and you will be
delighted with the product too, though it's not the most important part of
the experience. If you want a St. Patrick's Day theme, use green scraps, or
even cut some of the paper into shamrocks. Mostly the green colors will
create the mood without shamrocks, but whatever the kids do for their
garlands is fine. Sometimes they like to join all their garlands into one
HUGE garland to drape around the entire room.

from Scribble Art

Art Materials
Collect paper and lightweight materials such as:
    art tissue cut in shapes
    collage items
    crepe paper scraps
    cupcake liners
    straws, cut in short lengths
    packing peanuts
    paper scraps pastas with holes
    ribbon spools

    1. Wrap a piece of tape around the end of the yarn or string to make a
simple needle. Or, dunk the end of the yarn or string in white glue, melted
paraffin, or clear nail polish. Let it set until hard. A third choice is to
thread a plastic darning needle which has a large eye. Keep yarn or thread
to a comfortable length, from 12 inches to 36 inches depending on the age or
skill of the artist.
    2. Any object with a hole in it or light enough to have a hole made in
it is suitable for threading on a garland. Begin threading materials in a
random fashion or with a planned pattern.
    3. When one string is filled, tie a knot and then tie it to another
string to make a longer garland. Many garlands can be joined to make one
very long, colorful display.
    4. Hang from the ceiling in a draping fashion, around the windows or
doors, or around a special person.

- Follow a self-made pattern of threading such as: two yellow flowers, one
bead, one straw --- then repeat two yellow flowers, one bead, one straw, and
so on.
- Create a Hawaiian lei with art tissue flower shapes and paper cupcake
liners with sections of cut drinking straws to separate them. Use elastic
cord for necklace or lei creations.
- Create a holiday garland for Christmas with red, green, gold, and
silver decorations. Use any colors that suggest a particular holiday or time
of year: green, yellow, light blue for Spring. Red, pink, white for
Valentine's Day.
- Create a theme garland with materials that suggest such ideas as outer
space, gardening, or litter/recycling.

Comment: Artists can create imaginative garlands from almost anything
lightweight that can be pierced and threaded with colorful yarn, and then
draped about the room for special occasions or everyday enjoyment. Garlands
also make festive necklaces or leis.

MaryAnn F. Kohl