March 09, 2011

Morning Craft

We're snowed in. Not quite - we did get a few inches of snow. Zac took our family car - for it's AWD, as he has meetings all over town today. In a sense we're snowed in.
While looking through one of my books Piper (I mean 'Goy' - as she's named herself today. Apparently, Goy and I have met a couple of times. And I told her that my name was 'Mare'!) found pictures of some children felting wool balls in bowls of soapy water. She asked me if we could do it. I said sure, but we'd have to get some wool roving first. A good project for another day when we're more prepared for it. Quickly she came up with her own alternative and ran to her art supplies, returning with some colored paper. Piper then explains her plans to put pieces of paper in a bowl of water to make balls. Hmm, not sure it would work, I scramble for an alternative project for her (us.)

I came up with a paper mache bowl. We went through our recycle bins for the newspaper type papers. Filled a bowl with ripped up strips. Then I mixed some no-cook paper mache paste. Adding just a bit of white glue for good measure. I covered the table with an old shower curtain (originally from Piper's birth, now used for painting and other messy such projects).

First, we started out with 'painting' the paste on to our mold. Piper wasn't quite feeling it so we set that aside and just dipped the paper in with our hands. It was nice and messy. We worked together on it. Taking turns doing the different jobs: dipping the strips, removing some excess paste, placing the strips, flattening the strips. I, intermittently, took breaks to un-attach the boy from my leg and re-occupy him with something else while Piper continued on her own.

We finished it off with colored paper strips. In hindsight, I should have tried tissue paper - next time. The construction paper was difficult to wrangle onto our bowl. Our mold is covered with lots of paper and LOTS of paste. Had my hands not been so messy I should have taken a picture of the mess, it was immense!

It may take days, weeks to dry. We'll see.

10 comments:

jonesfamily0331 said...

Love that she sees an idea and wants to do it. If only that would work with my boys. They would both be potty trained with all the books we've read. Can't wait to see the finished product once it's dried.

HomeGrownMama said...

Stormy - she amazes me everyday. Some days she seems too old already. Good luck with the potty learning!

~emmy

phil said...

Looking forward to pics of the bowl once it dries. (in a couple of days) Love it !!!

HomeGrownMama said...

We're anxious around here too for it to dry!

~emmy

Anonymous said...

You should have told Goy that your name was Habeeb and that you (Habeeb) were also Auntie Willa's good friend.
Love, Ollie

Anonymous said...

Remember making paper mache' bracelets? I think we used a ring made of cardboard (like the back of a tablet) as the base and built it up with a similar newprint and paste mix. I like the bowl idea. A nice place to display the felted wool balls when you make them! mama marmar

HomeGrownMama said...

Willa's friend Habeeb??

~emmy

HomeGrownMama said...

I wish I had remembered the bracelets! I do now. I'll have to do them another time. We have lots of left over strips of newspaper.

~emmy

Camille said...

I remember the bracelets! That's the first thing I thought of when I saw paper mache.

HomeGrownMama said...

We're going to try bracelets soon!