Paper fish wall decor

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying spring! Her in Chicago, everything is budding and blooming. The colors of spring are just so inspiring, as is spring itself, reminding us of rebirth, regrowth and new beginnings. So beautiful.

This post is part 3 of our little wall decor. We started with the paper garlands then went on to our ribbon and paper cloud craft and now we have Miss Fish, what a cutie pie!

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This is our original fish on the wall.

This craft was inspired by the book “Hooray for Fish” By Lucy Cousins . It would make a great Mother’s day gift, because it celebrates a child’s love for Mommy. On the cover is Mommy fish and little fish. We love Lucy Cousins here at home and have a number of her books. She is the author of “Maisy” series of books, which have all sorts of wonderful pulls and flaps and are just downright fun to read and explore. Our favorite is “Maisy’s Book of Things That Go” it has a surprise ending!

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I’d like to begin be saying that when you are crafting and creating with your child, you are teaching valuable math and science skills. Glue drying, is a lesson of evaporation, liquid turning into solid. Placing the circles on the fish not only uses fine motor skills, you are teaching counting, how many dots do we have on the fish? Is the total an even or an odd number? The small dot is 1/2 the size of the big dot etc. Math and science is everywhere in our lives, why not make it fun!

The tools for the trade:

1. Pencil- To draw out your fish shape

2. Scissors

3. Glue- We used a glue stick and white glue

4. Colorful paper- We used Orange for the fish body, Yellow for the spots, scraps of white and black for the eyes.

5. Glitter

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The How To:

1. First I freehand drew a fish onto our Orange sheet of paper. You….can…..do…..it! A fish is just an oval and some curvy triangles, it is not fine art.

2. I cut a circle for the eyeball out of white paper and the used the black paper scrap to make the pupil of the eye. (Anatomy! Science opportunity: )
I also made little eyelashes with the black scraps.
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3. I made the spots out of yellow paper all different sizes.

4. Before we glued everything down we took a moment to play with the paper bits. See photo above. That is me in my wheelchair shooting a basketball, or a cat, or a man with a mustache with pancakes. Just play!

5. Then we took our glue stick and my daughter put it all together.

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We made the original 2 years ago this is one we made for the blog post

6. In the end she decided to squirt white  glue on to the fish and add glitter, to represent water, so feel free to do so if you wish. Glitter makes everything magical doesn’t it?

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This is our original fish on the wall.

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And that concludes the little wall series. I hope you enjoyed these crafts. I certainly enjoyed making them with my child and then sharing them with you!

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Ribbon and Paper Clouds

Hello everyone! I hope you all found lovely ways to celebrate Earth Day yesterday. Today I am doing part two of our little wall series. This craft was originally from this mom blogger: http://www.meetthedubiens.com/2013/03/a-happy-cloud-and-rainbow-craft.html

I came across her website while searching for bento box ideas and found some lovely crafts to boot! I made a few minor changes to make it fit my personal style.

This craft is also very sentimental to me, as tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. I was preparing this craft while she was in her final weeks. A music therapist from our hospice came to play music and sing at her bedside. As my daughter and I put this cloud together in the other room, we could hear “Somewhere over the rainbow” in the most beautiful, soothing voice. That song was a favorite of my mother’s, we would sing it together, she would sing it to me while I was sick, or having trouble sleeping. These little clouds on our wall are a memory of that day and of all the days she loved me so. I hope you enjoy it.

Let’s get started

Tools for the trade:

1. White paper- We used cardstock. If you do not have cardstock, you can use printer paper, old mail, the blank side of a letter, felt, cardboard painted white etc.

2. Circle punch- You can trace circles onto paper with a can and cut out with scissors.

3. Bits of colored paper- Little scraps to make the face.

4. Scissors

5. Glue stick and white glue

6. Colored Ribbon- If you do not have ribbon use thin strips of paper, left over party streamers, strips of thin fabric scraps etc.

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The how to:

1. Begin by punching out your circles, we used a 2.5 inch punch and made 9 circles.

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2. Use your glue stick to adhere the pieces together, arranging them to look like a fluffy cloud.

3. Cut out 2 little eyes and a mouth using your paper scraps and glue them onto your cloud with your glue stick.

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4. Turn the cloud over and get all of your ribbon laid out.This is where we used our white glue, slather a generous amount onto the back of your cloud and adhere your ribbon, trim ends.

5. Let dry completely

6. We made 2 versions of these. This craft is so fun to wave around in the air, that I added a colored popsicle stick for holding. During a play date with 3 girls it was so neat to see all of these flying in the winds of spring as they ran outside. They also double as masks this way.

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Just glue on a popsicle stick for holding!

7. The original we have hanging up on our wall.

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I hope you enjoyed this craft. Be sure to check out the Meet the Dubiens blog for the original post linked above and her many other wonderful crafts.

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Simple Paper Garlands

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Hello world! What a wonderful day to craft. This is a wall my daughter and I put together 2 years ago when she was 4 years old. I will be making 3 posts. One on the garland, one for the ribbon cloud and one for our fish. Today I will begin with the hanging garland.

Let’s get this party started!

As always, I am all about using what you have around the house. Growing up money was tight. My mother was the Macgyver of crafting, we used every scrap of fabric, string, cardboard, paper to make the loveliest things at home.

Tools for the trade:
1. Paper- I used colorful text paper from The Paper Source. You can use newspaper, magazine pages, construction paper, cardstock etc.

2. Paper punches- I used a circle punch and a mini heart punch. You can simply cut shapes out with scissors if you do not have punches. Use a soup can, yogurt lid etc. to trace a circle onto paper and cut out with scissors.

3. Glue stick– to glue the tiny hearts to to the circles.

4. String- We used yarn because that’s  what we had. You can use twine, string, cord, dental floss, thread. Anything to string up those cute circles.

5. Tape- We used simple Scotch tape to tape the string onto the backs. You can use any tape or punch holes for stringing.

The how to:

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1. Begin by punching out or cutting your shapes.

2. Once everything is cut out, organize the circles in a straight line and add your hearts creating the pattern of your choice. It took us a while to come up with one we liked. I love just playing with the order. Isn’t color so inspiring?

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3. Take your glue stick and glue your little hearts onto the center of your circles. You can use any shape in place of a heart. Stars, triangles, diamonds. The possibilities are endless!

4. Once all of the hearts are glued on, turn all of the circles over and place your string on top of them all lengthwise. Then tape each circle down as in the photo above. We used Scotch tape and our garlands have been up for two whole years with no issue. You can get fancy and do it another way.

So there you go! A rainbow of love for your walls. So cute.

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