BY DEBORAH WAY/DISNEY FAMILYFUN MAGAZINE

Don’t stress about the mess! These five projects are meant to be made outdoors, where kids can be as sloppy as they want — and cleanup is as easy as turning on the hose.
your wall to fence posts, bird-feeder poles, or even hardwood garden stakes hammered into the ground and kept upright with additional ropes and tent stakes. 3. Tie one end of a ball of twine about YOU WILL NEED: 4 feet up one of the trunks. Loop it around ● Tie-dyeing kit the other tree, keeping the twine as taut ● Cotton bedsheet (we used a queen-size) aspossible. (It’s easier with two people, one ● Ball of sturdy twine or thin rope at each trunk.) Continue looping the twine ● Fabric scraps (optional) around both trunks as shown, passing it back and forth and moving down the trunks 1. Tie-dye a bedsheet, following the as you go. At the bottom, tie off the twine. tie-dye kit instructions. After the sheet has been rinsed and dried, tear or cut it 4. Weave the fabric strips into the into long strips about 3 inches wide. twine, working from the bottom up. Weave 2. Survey your yard for a good spot for any excess fabric back down the twine. 5. For added embellishment, weave in the wall. Between two trees 5 or 6 feet fabric scraps or other materials. apart is ideal, but you also can anchor Creating this screenlike panel takes time, but the results are worth it. Make two or three connecting walls to create a play space that’s open to the sky.

With this project, not only do you end up with beautiful marbled paper, but you get to play around with copious amounts of shaving cream. We have to admit, our finished paper was extra soft and smooth!
YOU WILL NEED:

● Baking sheet with rim ● Shaving cream ● Squeegee ● Liquid food coloring ● Craft stick or toothpick ● Cardstock

1. Cover the baking sheet with a halfinch layer of shaving cream. Smooth it with the squeegee. 2. Dot the cream with drops of food coloring, then use a craft stick or toothpick to swirl it in the cream. 3. Lay a sheet of cardstock on top of the cream and press lightly. Peel off the paper and use the squeegee to remove the excess shaving cream. Set the paper aside to dry. Try making a second, lighter print, or start over with a fresh layer of cream on the baking sheet.

minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the paste cool. You can make the paste beforehand and refrigerate it overnight. 2. To make tools for scraping patterns into the paste, cut notches along the sides of old credit cards and cardboard. Vary the notches for different line widths. 3. For each color you’d like to use, spoon a generous amount of paste into a disposable cup. Stir a dollop of paint into the paste, adding more paint if necessary to reach your desired shade. 4. Use a wide brush to cover Made using a centuries-old technique, paste paper is great for a sheet of paper with a thin, greeting cards, photo frames, col- even coat of paste. Drag a scraping tool across the surface lages and gift wrap. Note: Prepare the paste base in advance of the paper; this will remove some of the paste, exposing the to give it a chance to cool. paper beneath. Experiment with YOU WILL NEED: making curvy lines, zigzags, ● 1/2 cup flour crisscrosses and circles. ● 3 3/4 cups water 5. When you have a pattern ● Old credit cards and stiff card- you like, let the paper dry — board, also, a comb (optional) overnight. The paper will wrin● Plastic spoons kle; to flatten it, place the dry ● Disposable cups artwork under a stack of heavy ● Acrylic (a water-based paint) books for a few days. ● Wide paintbrushes ● Sturdy colored paper, such as scrapbook paper, cardstock or drawing paper (construction paper won’t hold up) 1. In a stainless steel or aluminum saucepan over mediumhigh heat, use a wooden spoon to combine the flour and water. When the mixture reaches a boil, reduce heat and simmer the paste, stirring frequently for 8

Your child will have sweet dreams — about being a soccer star, a fairy princess, a knight, a mermaid or anything else he or she wants to be — under this life-size self-portrait bedspread.
YOU WILL NEED:

● Flat bedsheet ● Washable marker ● Nondimensional fabric paint (like, DecoArt SoSoft) Lay the bedsheet on a flat surface. Have your child lie in the center so that her neck lines up with the top edge, then use a washable marker to trace her body. Use fabric paint to paint the body wearing the outfit of a favorite character, hero or star. Follow the package instructions for setting the paint and laundering the sheet.

This loopy bowl is big on groovy color and style, if short on soup-containing ability. It’s made by simply laying pieces of glue-soaked yarn onto a ball.
YOU WILL NEED:

● Large smooth plastic ball (ours was 14 inches wide) ● Bowls to hold the ball and glue ● Yarn or string (we used 240 feet) ● White glue Rest the ball on top of a bowl to steady it. Cut the yarn into about 80 yard-long pieces. Empty a generous amount of glue into a bowl. Working with one strand at a time, submerge the yarn into the glue. Squeeze out the excess glue, then drape the yarn onto the top half of the ball, forming squiggle loops. As you add more strands, cross the previously draped yarn multiple times. Let the glue dry overnight before lifting the bowl from the ball. Clean the ball with soap and water.

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