I am so excited! I have been looking for a way to make a DIY scratch art with the kids, and I finally found it! My daughter found a craft book at the library, and “cue harps”, there it was! And, it’s so easy. Why didn’t I think of it?
I think this would be a fun thing to do at a school holiday party. You would have to make sure they label the back before you get started, and go in a day or two earlier to have them color the white paper. (The paint needs time to dry) I would take them home to paint them with black, myself ( less stress that way.) You can pick the theme, and let the kids color with the appropriate holiday colors, or stick with the traditional rainbow colors! Let the kids scratch out holiday designs (snowman, or hand-print turkey!) Very unique & fun craft!
This is what you’ll need to do:
- Use some heavy white paper as the background. We used construction paper, but card stock might be a bit stronger.
- Have the kids color the paper in bands of color. Use bright vibrant colors and a lot of it, putting a thick coat of wax on the paper. I found the designs looked better when the color bands were vertical.
- Use black tempera paint to paint over the whole piece of paper – Some of the wax from the crayons may make the paint unable to cover completely. Just do your best to cover the wax in those areas, and come back later with a second coat.
- Place somewhere to dry.
- Use Chop sticks with a rounded end to scratch designs.
- Frame the paper, and attach ribbon to the back so you can hang the piece of art! So fun!
Oh, and if you’re interested, here’s the title of the craft book my daughter found – Creative Crafts!
~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.Com – A site providing kid friendly crafts, recipes, and ideas! Plus, lots of fun places to go in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts are reviewed with lots of pictures for a better visual!