Recycled crafts...using up stuff lying around the house...minimizing waste....making something out of nothing...teaching kids recycling...is what we are looking at...a game of Cross and noughts is what we are looking at....
This game is a favourite with most kids. Help them make this and teach them the art of recycling.
My daughter is the one who made this. She got the how-to from this great show she watched on TV -'Art Attack'- where this guy Neil Buchanan taught kids how to make stuff with old newspapers and stuff lying around the house.
This one, too, has been made here using up old newspapers and some glue and paint. This is a great craft for your kids to make this summer. All you need is an old newspaper, PVA glue, loads of kitchen towel paper or loo roll and acrylic paint to finish it off.
What you'll need:
6-7 sheets of old newspaper,
1/2 cup PVA glue, or any white glue, mixed with 1/2 cup of water
Step 1: Roll up a sheet of paper along its width and stick tape at a couple of spots to prevent it unrolling. Repeat this with three more sheets to give you 4 rolled tubes. My paper gave me an 11" long rolls.
Step 2: Make three or four more of these rolls and keep aside.
Step 3. Lay the 4 rolls that you made in step1 into a grid like this:
Once you are happy with the placing just tape them into place.
Don't worry if it looks untidy just now. Once you stick on a layer of paper towel it'll neaten up, believe me.
This will be your basic frame. Cut up the ends to even them up, if need be ( as I had to).
Step 4: Now to make the crosses and noughts:
Take the other rolls you made in step 2. To make the crosses measure across one section of the grid to get a size for the cross that will fit: Cut out 10 such pieces to get 5 ready crosses.
Step 5: Give the pieces a little twist, if you like, to give a little texture. You can add some more tape to hold the twisted shape.
Lay these out as a cross and tape them up to get your crosses.
Step 6: Do the same to get your circles. Measure and cut and then tape up into a circle.
Once done this is what you get finally. Make five of each.
Step 7: Tear up some kitchen towel paper. With the diluted glue mix, stick the pieces to the newspaper frame. To do this lay the pieces of paper on the grid and use a brush to coat with glue.
Do the same with the circles and crosses.
Step 8: Let the first layer dry and add another layer to even out the surface. Leave out in the sun to dry, if possible, as the newspaper soaks up the water/ glue mix quickly and needs to dry out well.
Cover the ends of the roll also to seal the tube...like this...Step 9: Color the pieces all in bright, cheerful acrylic colors of your choice. You can make them in a single color or use two to cheer up the pieces....as my daughter did here. The choice is yours. Let dry.
Your picnic carry-along game is ready!!!
Step 10: Have a great picnic !!!