Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cupcake Liner Art Preschool Craft: Spring & Easter Kids Crafts Project #49

Cupcake Liner Art Preschool Craft
Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    

Supplies Needed:
  • White Glue 
  • Different Colors and Sizes Cupcake Liners (we used Wilton)
  • Watercolor Paper OR Cardboard OR Thick Colored Paper
  • 1 Foam Paint Brush
  • 1 Craft Bowl (for glue)
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
  1. Pour white glue into craft bowl. You will need quite a bit for this project!
  2. Start by flattening out your first cupcake liner on a hard surface.
  3. Use foam brush to apply glue to part of your cardboard.
  4. Attach cupcake liner to cardboard. 
  5. Use foam brush with a liberal amount of glue on it to flatten and smooth out the cupcake liner.
  6. Continue Steps 2-5 until your cardboard is filled with cupcake liners. Overlapping is encouraged.

  7. THE EDGES: This was the hardest part and you can do it a couple of ways:
    • For this first method you need to be working with aluminum foil (or waxed paper) under the project. Let the liners that overhang just hang off the page and onto the aluminum foil or waxed paper. Dry work completely while on the waxed paper. ADULT: Trim the ends when dry.
    • 2nd method: Cut a bunch of your cupcake liners in half. Match up the straight edges with the edge of the the paper when gluing. 
    • 3rd method: Just get close to the edges, don't worry about filling the whole page, and if some overhangs just snip it later.
    • 4th method: I started doing it this way but I think it may be too hard for a preschooler. I used the foam paint brush to paint the cupcake liner with glue and wrap the liner over to the paper's other side. This took a good amount of glue and some work. I then started using method 2 which was easier.
  8. Let dry completely.
    HINT: If your paper is too thin it may curl up. To resolve this place the dried project between heavy objects. I used a stack of wooden puzzles and it flattened right out.
  9. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall, or stand it up on a shelf!
  10. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.


For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project.

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Fancy Nancy" By Jane O'Connor. Nancy is a little girl who LOVES fancy things. In this story, the first of a very successful franchise, Nancy helps her family to be fancy for one special night! 

Check out these FREE Flower Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.    

1 comment:

MessyMissy said...

Wow, what a great idea!! I host a weekly craft time at my local library and I know this would be a total success. I would love it if you would link this up to my Marvelous Mess party. I will be picking one project to feature on my sidebar for a week!! Here is the link: http://marvelouslymessy.blogspot.com/2011/03/marvelous-mess-3.html

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