Friday, July 10, 2009

Clover Collage

Here's a great nature project that even the littlest crafters can participate in! Emily enjoyed finding different patches of clover, picking them and sticking the leaves and stems to the lint brush. She could easily carry the lint brush with her, and spent a lot of time finding small leaves, blades of grass, and tiny seed pods to include in her collage.


Once the lint brush is full, peel off the paper and glue non-sticky side to a piece of canvas board. Keep repeating the process until the entire canvas board is full of clover.

It should look something like this. Cover the canvas board with clear contact paper, and you are done!
If you have a large canvas board, this would make a terrific and unique placemat!

24 comments:

Jessica said...

Love it!!! Never thought of that to make a place mat!! Hmmm....

Christy said...

This never would have crossed my mind; how clever! So cute. The possibilities are endless.

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

That's great! And with two indoor cats, there is no shortage of lint rollers around here.

Booklover1212 said...

I have 2 German Shepherds and buy lint brushes by the gross! I think I can sacrifice one for the nature cause! GREAT idea!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com/

Mama King said...

How did you ever think of that! Terrific! Emily looks like she had fun.

Sherry said...

you are so clever!

Mark, Rebecca and Sophia said...

LOVE this simple idea. We love anything related to nature crafts! Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

MaryAnne said...

I love this idea! We have one of those sticky lint rollers, I bet Emma would love this activity. And I think your idea of then turning their collage into a placemat is brilliant!

Lindse94 said...

Great idea. My two year old will love it!

Valerie said...

@ Lenetta & Booklover1212 -- We have 2 cats, so plenty of lint rollers here. Although for some reason, they seem to all disappear when I need one!

Valerie said...

@ Mark, Rebecca, and Sophia -- We are huge nature craft fans as well. I love the message it sends to the kids to appreciate nature. Plus, free art supplies!

Valerie said...

@ MaryAnne -- I love how even the little ones can do this project. The lint roller is so easy for them to carry around and collect tiny leaves or blades of grass. It worked really well!!

Valerie said...

@ Mama King -- I thought of making a little bracelet for Emily out of masking tape, with the sticky side facing outwards. But... I couldn't find the masking tape, and instead found the lint roller, which worked even better!! I love finding new uses for things like that! :-)

Michie said...

What a great idea - I love it. :)

Stephanie Griffith said...

The placemats are so pretty. We have 3 cats so we always have lint rollers.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Every now and again I am just shocked by your brillance! Those are adorable! My kids and I used to use tape around their wrists, but this is so much easier!

Val

sunnymama said...

That is clever!

The Magic Onions said...

I love this... my 2-year old would love to do this one. It'd be perfect for my 'Friday's Nature Table' post of today... pop on over and link it.
Blessings and magic.

jennwa said...

Another fun idea. I am going to send my kids to your house, they would love it.

Mama King said...

Valerie, posting our version of this project tomorrow. Of course we gave a shout out to you and linked! Thanks!

Valerie said...

@ Mama King -- Fabulous! I can't wait to see!! :-)

@ Magic Onions -- I'm going to check it out.. thanks!

The Magic Onions said...

Thank you so much for posting on 'Friday's Nature Table'. This is such a wonderful idea.
Blessings and magic.

The Magic Onions said...

Thank you so much for posting on 'Friday's Nature Table'. This is such a wonderful idea.
Blessings and magic.

Kim said...

I love the craft! I have done a similar craft project with elementary students using masking tape as a "bracelet." You put the tape around the wrist sticky side out and attach nature-findings such that you found onto it. It's quite fashionable when finished...

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