The Artful Spring eBook

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<ul><li><p>Notice of RightsAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the author, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in articles or reviews.</p><p>Notice of LiabilityThe author has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information within this book. Neither the author nor The Artful Parent will be held liable for any damages caused either directly or indirectly by the instructions contained in this book. Please use common sense and all precautions when cooking and crafting by yourself or with your children. </p><p>The Artful Spring: Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts</p><p>Text and images copyright 2013 Jean Van't Hul</p><p>Copyright</p></li><li><p>Table of ContentsHow to Use This Book.............................5 </p><p>Celebrating an Artful Year.......................6 </p><p>The Artful Year eBook Series..................7 </p><p>Celebrating Spring.................................8 </p><p>Spring Favorites...................................11 </p><p>Celebrate Easter </p><p>Easter Egg Suncatchers.........................................13 </p><p>Artful Bunny Ears.................................15 </p><p>DIY Papier Mache Easter Baskets.......17 </p><p>Tissue Paper Nests..............................20 </p><p>Easter Eggs 12 Ways...........................22 </p><p>Blowing Out Eggs................................23 </p><p>Easter Egg Tree....................................24 </p><p>Melted Crayon Easter Eggs.................25 </p><p>Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring...27 </p><p>Stained Glass Easter Eggs..................29 </p><p>Yarn Printed Easter Eggs.....................31 </p><p>Glitter Eggs..........................................33 </p><p>Washi Tape Easter Eggs......................34 </p><p>Holey Easter Eggs................................35 </p><p>Sticker Resist &amp; Marker Eggs...............36 </p><p>Bleeding Tissue Paper Dyed Eggs.......38 </p><p>Mixed-Media Eggs.................................40 </p><p>Books About Easter...............................42 </p><p>Recipes for Spring </p><p>Cooking Notes..................................44 </p><p>Bird's Nest Cookies..........................45 </p><p>Strawberry Shortcake Muffins..........47 </p><p>Fruity Spring Pancakes....................50 </p><p>Crock-Pot Millet Porridge.................52 </p><p>Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.....................................53 </p><p>Bird's Nest Snack............................55 </p><p>Crepes Two Ways............................57 </p><p>Spring Greens Salad.......................59 </p><p>Herbal Vinegar.................................60</p></li><li><p>Spring Crafts </p><p>Bluebird Paper Chain.......................62 </p><p>Flower Petal Suncatchers.................64 </p><p>Flower Stained Glass........................66 </p><p>A Spring Nature Table.......................68 </p><p>Leafy Masterpiece............................70 </p><p>Leaf Stickers.....................................73 </p><p>Botanical Stationery..........................75 </p><p>Print Your Own Spring Fabric...............................................76 </p><p>Spring Drawing Game......................78 </p><p>Leaf Rubbing Stained Glass.............79 </p><p>Spring Marshmallow Sculptures...........................................81 </p><p>Forest Diorama...................................82 </p><p>Books About Spring...........................84 </p><p>The Family Garden </p><p>Gardening 101...................................86 </p><p>Family Gardening Primers..................87 </p><p>Garden Colors Scavenger Hunt.........88 </p><p>Garden Wish Flags.............................89 </p><p>Beaded Garden Ornaments...............91 </p><p>Painted Birdhouses............................93 </p><p>Garden Loom.....................................95 </p><p>Weave a Beanpole Teepee................97 </p><p>Celebrate with Native Plants.............98 </p><p>Concrete Stepping Stones................99 </p><p>Books About Gardening...................100 </p><p>Books About Birds and Butterflies.........................................101 </p><p>Books About Trees and the Environment.....................................102 </p><p>Final Notes </p><p>Thanks for Reading..........................103 </p><p>Bunny Ear Template.........................104 </p><p>Bluebird Paper Chain Template......105 </p><p>The Artful Parent Book.....................106 </p><p>The Artful Parent Online...................107 </p><p>About the Author..............................108</p></li><li><p>How to Use !" BookI'm writing The Artful Year e-book series with the family in mind (most of the projects are kid-friendly) but the majority of the crafts will adapt easily for use in the classroom as well. And don't feel that you have to have a child next to you in order to do these projects! </p><p>If you are doing these projects with your children, be attentive to their skills, ages, and developmental stages. Use your judgment in </p><p>deciding what they can do on their own, what you will help them with, and which steps you might want to do yourself. </p><p>Most of the materials mentioned are easily found at your local craft store. However, I created a materials resource for any that might be harder to find locally (liquid watercolors and BioColor paint, for example). </p><p>Have fun!</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 5</p></li><li><p>In our home, we celebrate the seasons and holidays through art, crafts, and cooking together. We mix the familiar (gingerbread cookies) with the unique and creative (stained glass garlands) and we're always trying out new ideas and combinations. </p><p>Celebrating the seasons and holidays is a traditional way to embrace creativity together as a family, and the reverse is true as well: engaging in arts and crafts as a family is a fun way of decorating, preparing for, and learning about the holidays we celebrate. </p><p>Instead of buying all of our decorations and materials, we prefer to take the time to make our holidays more fun and meaningful by doing at least some of it ourselves. The rewards? Memories and mementos, creative growth in our children and ourselves, and lots of fun!</p><p>Celebrating an A$ful Year wi% Chil&amp;en</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 6</p></li><li><p>Arts and crafts, using the materials, colors, and themes of the season </p><p>Decorations to make as a family </p><p>Favorite seasonal recipes that are fun for children to help make (and eat) </p><p>Ideas for celebrating the holidays together </p><p>Children's picture books about the seasons and holidays </p><p>Please join me in crafting and celebrating around the year!</p><p>!e A$ful Year In The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons &amp; Holidays with Arts and Crafts, I share my passion and ideas for crafting through the seasons and holidays, with one book for each season. Here's what you will find in each of the four books:</p><p>eBook Se'es </p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 7</p></li><li><p>Spring is by far my favorite season. While I love aspects of all the different seasons, and feel blessed to live in a temperate climate and experience each, spring is the one I identify with and enjoy the most. I was born in April, so perhaps I feel a bit of ownership because of that. But I won't deny that a big part of it is the return of the warmth and sun to the earth (especially as winter is such a brutal time of year for me both physically and mentally). </p><p>Spring heralds the return of the warm sun, the renewal of life, the appearance of green and color everywhere, and more time spent outdoors enjoying everything nature has to offer, from trees in bloom, birdsong as soundtrack, seedlings reaching for the sun, and baby animals cavorting. Spring is so alive. </p><p>Each spring I plunge into gardening with wild abandon, with kids working alongside here and there and then running off to swing, practice cartwheels across the lawn, or bake a mud cake. I plant seeds and seedlings, weed, mulch, turn compost, celebrate each new bulb bursting open, and plan, plan, plan. </p><p>Celebrating Sp'ng</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 8</p></li><li><p>Maia claims ownership to a larger part of the garden each year with big ideas and plans of her own (the tallest Mammoth sunflower ever, bouquets of flowers all summer long, vegetables to feed the family). Daphne, at three, is an eager plant waterer, hole digger, and bug finder. </p><p>Spring is when we reassess our outdoor living space and decide how to make it a bit more kid-friendly, magical, and inviting to the birds, bees, and butterflies. We add a bubble machine, make birdhouses, redo the sandbox play area, create special fairy houses, assemble the makings of a fort, grow a tabletop sensory garden, create an outdoor art area, </p><p>make our herbs a bit more accessible to the kitchen door, and of course always add more flowers to the garden. </p><p>Easter is the big holiday of the season for us. Much of our crafting energy goes toward dying eggs, decorating for Easter, and thinking of different ways to celebrate in an artful way. As a family, we experiment with different methods of dyeing and decorating eggs. We try our hand at creating baskets and growing our own Easter grass. With some Greek blood in the family, we make a spectacular Greek Easter bread (leftovers make the best French toast!) with a red-dyed egg baked on top. We practice drawing bunnies galore and even try out being bunnies ourselves. (Homemade bunny ears help....)</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 9</p></li><li><p>Spring is about birds nesting and laying eggs, and baby birds hatching. As a family of young learners, we do our best to observe (from a respectful distance) while helping when we can (making birdhouses, filling the bird feeders, supplying nesting materials, and incorporating good bird habitat into our garden. We treasure fragile robin's egg fragments we find underneath nests, try to recreate eggs and nests ourselves, and read thought-provoking children's picture books about birds, eggs, and nests to learn as much as possible. </p><p>Spring is when the world comes alive--both in nature and on the farm. Babies of all species are being born. Baby chicks, lambs, goats ("kids"), kittens, songbirds, quail, ducklings, calves, foals.... Mothers are both proud and protective of their young. We visit area farms to hold the chicks, feed the baby goats, and watch goat's milk being made into cheese. </p><p>Spring is baby carrots, bountiful greens, fresh-picked peas, asparagus, fresh eggs, rhubarb, and tiny strawberries with cream. It is the return of fresh, flavorful food to the more limited and heavy winter palate.</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 10</p></li><li><p>Sp'ng Favo'tesFuzzy chicks, woolly lambs, and knock-kneed foals </p><p>Birds busy building nests </p><p>Pussy willows </p><p>Dogwoods and redbuds in bloom </p><p>Puddle stomping </p><p>Decorating Easter eggs </p><p>Walking barefoot on wet grass </p><p>Garden planning and planting </p><p>The emergence of seedlings </p><p>Tasting the first sweet strawberries </p><p>Easter egg hunts </p><p>Eating peas fresh off the vine </p><p>Spring bulbs and the return of color </p><p>Infectious happiness and the turning out of the neighborhood </p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 11</p></li><li><p>Ea)er Egg SuncatchersMaterials Transparent </p><p>contact paper </p><p> Scissors </p><p> Colored tissue paper </p><p> Tape </p><p> Marker </p><p> Ribbon and lace (optional)</p><p>Create suncatchers in the shape of Easter eggs from colorful tissue paper, ribbon, lace, and contact paper. </p><p>You can also use this method to create flowers, bunnies, or any spring or Easter-themed image.</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 13</p></li><li><p>1. Cut contact paper to size desired (we aim for approximately 8 x 10 inches). Tape the contact paper to the table, paper side up. Carefully pull off the paper backing. </p><p>2. Use the marker to draw an oval egg shape, aiming to fill a large portion of the contact paper. </p><p>3. If using ribbon and lace, cut sections to span the width of the egg. Then press to the sticky contact paper, creating stripes. </p><p>4. Fill in remaining areas with colored tissue paper, torn into pieces. Press them on flat, or roll them into balls first. </p><p>5. Cut a sheet of contact paper the same size as the first, pull off the paper backing, and press this second sheet of contact paper on top of the one you decorated, sandwiching the Easter egg design in between the two sheets. Cut out the Easter egg, preferably leaving about 1/2 an inch beyond the marker line. An optional border can be added around the egg with tape. </p><p>6. Hang in a sunny window with tape, or punch a couple of holes and hang with ribbon.</p><p>17 The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 14</p></li><li><p>Materials Heavy watercolor </p><p>paper or cardstock, 12 x 18" </p><p> Bunny ear template on page 104, or draw your own </p><p> Oil pastels or crayons (light colors work great for crayon-resist) </p><p> Watercolor paints (liquid watercolors are especially nice, but any will work) </p><p> Paintbrush </p><p> Stapler</p><p>A$ful Bunny EarsDIY bunny ears for Easter and pretend play become extra colorful with the addition of crayon-resist painting.</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 15</p></li><li><p>1. Cut out the bunny ears from the printed template, then place over your watercolor paper and trace the ears onto the paper. Extend the headband lines across the sheet. Or, draw your bunny ears freehand directly on the heavy paper with the headband along the long side. (Don't cut out yet.) </p><p>2. Draw on the ears and headband with light colored oil pastels or crayons. Paint over your drawing with watercolors. Let dry. (If the paper buckles, press it under heavy books overnight.) </p><p>3. Cut out the bunny ears, then staple the headband into a loop to fit over the head (test it before stapling).</p><p>Instructions</p><p> The Artful Spring : Celebrating the Season &amp; Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul www.ArtfulParent.com 16</p></li><li><p>Materials Colored tissue paper, </p><p>cut or torn into squares or pieces </p><p> Texas snowflakes (large coffee filters used for art), or regular-sized white coffee filters, or white paper towels </p><p> Medium bowl in the desired size and shape of your Easter basket </p><p> Plastic wrap (the cling kind works especially well) </p><p> White glue </p><p> Paintbrush </p><p> Scissors </p><p> Cardstock or heavy watercolor paper </p><p> Stapler </p><p> Balloon</p><p>Make your own colorful Easter baskets! Papier mache is a favorite craft activity for kids and a...</p></li></ul>