CRAFTSEco-Art Crafts Made by You
Recycle! is a hands-on studio located in the Boston Children's Museum. Since 1972 it has provided space, re-usable materials and inspiration for using a vast array of found materials creatively. In 1976 Recycle! gathered a collection of project sheets it developed for instruction into a now classic book, Recyclopedia. Since then Recycle! has, of course, developed myriad new projects but has been too busy to compile Recyclopedia II. However, Recycle! has contributed a project sheet for Floating Collages for this column.
We know people of all ages who have enjoyed making them. These collages may be used as tree ornaments. They look wonderful hanging in windows, worn as pendants and sent as cards. Why not create several and construct a mobile with them?
Determine what you want to do and then cut a shape from the clear contact paper. (Our sample measures 6" tall and is 5" wide at the base and 4" wide at the top.) Peel back a sheet of this shape and lay it sticky-side up on your work surface. Keep the non-sticky back handy because you'll soon need it to "sandwich" your collage.
Color and draw on, punch holes in, and tear shapes from the array of papers and press them gently onto the peeled-back clear contact. Try layering bits of papers, different colors of tissue on top of each other, or layering leaves or bits of ribbon beneath some newsprint or other paper. When collaging, leave space along the edges of your clear contact paper to create a clear border--the space left can be embellished after the collage is "sandwiched" and sealed.
When you are finished sticking down your materials, reseal your collage with the non-sticky clear contact backing. Create a "sandwich" by covering your collage with the backing, and pressing down firmly so the sticky contact paper re-adheres to its backing along along the edges and in any spaces between your collage.
Punch a hole in the
top of your collage and thread a long string or piece of yarn through
it to wear as a necklace or a 2-1/2"-4" strand for other uses.
Results of an Informal Poll on Wrapping Choices
wrapping paper and ribbon saved from last year's gifts.
a star or Christmas tree from a sponge, dip it in white paint and stamp
on brown wrapping paper. Tie with mailing twine or bold ribbon. For gift
tags, cut or tear an abstract shape from the back of a greeting card.
Outline the edge with a gold pen (optional). Punch a hole in one end,
slip in a piece embroidery floss and tie it to the package.
colorful or interesting pages from Spanish or Chinese newspapers. Tie
with ribbons left over from last year.
newspaper with no ribbons.
tissue paper to wrap the gift. This project is comfortable to do with
book-size presents. Lightly draw the outline of a bell or abstract shape
in pencil on the package. Using a gold ballpoint pen, write a brief message
(e.g., happy holidays) in capital letters-no more than 1/4" high-inside
the bell. Stop lettering when you hit the pencil outline, even if you
don't finish the word. You may continue lettering that word or begin with
the next word when you start the next line. Continue until the entire
shape is filled with letters.
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