Friendship Blossoms Project


Example of Friendship Blossoms


  • Scrapbooking paper or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Lollipops
  • Tape


  1. For each, cut three heart-shaped petals, two leaves, and two flower centers from scrapbooking paper or card stock.
  2. Poke a small hole in each, crease the petals as shown, and slide the pieces onto a lollipop stem. Tape the bottom to secure.


More potential messages:
You’re a sweet heart
Our friendship is blooming
Be my bud-dy

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Multicolored Pop-Up Egg Project



Make your Easter extra festive with this 3-D paper egg. The secret to its look is colorful, accordion-folded paper strips.


  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embroidery floss


  1. Begin by cutting out three identical egg shapes from card stock (ours are 8 inches tall). Crease the eggs by folding them in half lengthwise and opening them back up.
  2. Cut card stock into strips of varying sizes from 3/4- to 1 1/4-inch wide and 9 to 12 inches long. Accordion-fold the strips so that there’s about one inch between each fold.
  3. Attach the ends of several strips along one edge of an egg using double-sided tape. Trim the strips so that they make a shallow arc across the egg’s width, then secure the other ends in place.
  4. When you’ve covered all three eggs, use double-sided tape to join their backs as shown. Between two of the sections, insert a loop of embroidery floss for hanging. Tip: If the strips sag when you hang the egg, peel them off, shorten them, and reposition them.
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Decorative Tray Project


Decorative Spring Tray

DESCRIPTION – A standard baker’s tray becomes a vibrant decorative piece with this easy how-to.


  • 1 yard decorative fabric
  • Aluminum rimmed baking sheet
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Synthetic felt
  • 1/4-inch-thick acrylic sheet cut to fit inside of tray, with corners rounded

    1. Cut fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the back of the baking tray. Cover the front of the tray  with spray adhesive.

    2. Place fabric on tray so pattern is aligned, leaving enough room to wrap fabric around all sides to the back. Smooth fabric onto tray, pressing out any bubbles.

    3. Pull any extra material into corner and push around the edge. Turn tray over. Cover the back of the tray with spray adhesive.

    4. Press the fabric over two edges of the tray first, then fold in on each remaining side, as if wrapping a gift. Trim any excess fabric with scissors. Use fabric glue to secure, if needed.

    5. Cut a piece of felt to fit the back of the tray and conceal fabric edges. Smooth felt on the back the tray.

    6. Place acrylic sheet in center of tray.

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    Dazzling Beaded Butterfly Craft Project


    Simple Beaded Butterfly

    DESCRIPTION – If being cooped up inside on a rainy day bugs you, try chasing away the blues with a collection of these little insects. The dragonflies, caterpillars, and beetles are quick to make and great for sparking your kids’ creativity.


    • Wire (20 gauge)
    • Ruler
    • Wire cutters
    • Multifaceted plastic beads (with diameters of 12 mm, 8 mm, 6 mm, and 4 mm)
    • Needle-nose pliers


    1. Start by creating a long straight body. Bend an 18-inch length of wire in half. Use the pliers to curl up a 3/4-inch section near the bend to create the tip of the tail. From the other end, slide nine 6 mm beads onto the doubled wire. Next, add two 8 mm beads followed by one 12 mm bead.
    2. Make the wings by threading eighty 6 mm beads onto a 20-inch length of wire. Bend the tips to keep the beads from sliding off. Shape the upper two thirds of the strand into a figure 8 for the top set of wings; then shape the lower third into a smaller set of wings.
    3. Set the body on top of the wings and attach the two by wrapping the trailing wire ends of the wings around the body wire between the 8 mm beads.

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    Brief Biography of a Famous and Influential Artist 5: Renoir

    Portrait of Renoir

    RENOIR (1841-1919)

    Born: Pierre-Auguste Renoir on February 25, 1841 in Limoges, Haute-Viennes, France
    Died: December 3, 1919 [age 78] Cagnes-ser-Mer, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azor, France
    Most Notable Works: Bal du moulin de la Galette, Luncheon of the Boating Party and Umbrellas
    Pierre Renoir was a French artist who was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style.

    The Bal du moulin de la Galette Painting

    Renoir, the son of a working class family, worked in a porcelain factory as a child where his drawing talents led him to chosen to paint designs on fine china. He also painted hangings for overseas missionaries and decorations on fans before he enrolled in art school. During those years, he visited the Louvre often to study the French masters paintings. In 1862, he began studying art under Charles Gleyre in Paris. There he met Alfred Sisley, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet. At times during the 1860s, he did not have enough money to buy paint. Although Renoir first started exhibiting paintings at the Paris Salon in 1864, recognition did not come for another ten years, due, in part, to the turmoil of the Franco-Prussian War.

    Renoir and fellow Impressionists were consumed with the portrayal of light as it changed throughout the day and

    Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party

    affected their vision of a subject. In Renoir’s case, subjects were often common scenes like rivers, village people, or forests. His use of quick brush strokes emphasized his “impression” of a scene and the light that surrounded it. Perhaps he is best known for his beautiful depiction of women and girls. He often painted family members such as his wife Aline whom he married in 1887. They had three sons. Aline was a model for one of the figures in Les Dejeuner de Canotiers (1881), famously known in English as Luncheon of the Boating Party.

    Renoir liked to paint outdoor scenes filled with people enjoying simple pleasures. His subjects are invariably happy and his brushstrokes convey the innate beauty in the things he saw. His paintings reveal an artist whose impression of life seemed to be infused with beauty and delight. Renoir continued to paint until his death in 1919 although severe arthritis made his artistic endeavors difficult. Aside from the paintings already mentioned, other signature works include Gabrielle and Jean (1895), Nude (1910), A Girl with a Watering Can (1876), La Loge (1874) and Two Sisters (1881).

    Painting by Renoir, Umbrellas

    A leader of the Impressionist movement, Pierre Auguste Renoir is one of the world’s most famous artists. His paintings are some of the world’s most reproduced works. In 1990, his signature piece, Bal du Moulin de la Galette (1876), sold for more than seventy-eight million dollars. His work is best known for its immense beauty and its adept study of light.

    Not surprising, Renoir’s work, a substantial body including thousands of pieces, is collected by the world’s most prestigious art museums and collectors such as Chicago’s Art Institute, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Musee d’Orsay, and St. Petersburg’s Hermitage. Though he would die later that year, Renoir was able to visit the Louvre to witness his work hung beside the great painters of old that he visited so often as a child.

    Brief Biography of a Famous and Influential Artist 4: Frank Lloyd Wright

    Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

    FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT (1867-1959)

    Born: Frank Lincoln Wright on June 8, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin

    Died: April 9, 1959 [age 91] in Phoenix, Arizona

    Most Notable Works: Robie House, Price Tower, Fallingwater and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

    Frank Lloyd Wright was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works.

    Originally named Frank Lincoln Wright, he changed his name after his parents’ divorce to honor his mother’s Welsh family, the Lloyd Joneses. His father, William Carey Wright was a locally admired orator, music teacher, occasional lawyer and itinerant minister. William Wright met and married Anna Lloyd Jones, Frank’s mother, a county school teacher, the previous year when he was employed as the superintendent of schools for Richland County. Wright attended a Madison high school but there is no evidence he ever graduated. He was admitted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a special student in 1886. There he joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity, took classes part-time for two semesters, and worked with a professor of civil engineering, Allan D. Conover. In 1887, Wright left the school without taking a degree (although he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the University in 1955).

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower

    A genius in design and the architect of his public image, Wright was born during Reconstruction in Richland Center,

    The Beautiful Fallingwater House

    Wisconsin. He became the most influential architect of modern history. In the late 19th century, Wright left the supervision of Louis Sullivan to design homes for Midwestern clients. His trademark became the “Prairie Style” home, duplicated in many locations around the U.S. with decidedly non-prairie landscapes. Many homes are preserved in the Oak Park district of Chicago, also notable as the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway. Wright was very passionate about creating inviting interior rooms because he felt that the inner rooms are just as important as the exterior design of the building he created. Frank once stated, “The building is no longer a block of building material dealt with, artistically, from the outside. The room within is the great fact about building-the room to be expressed in the exterior as space enclosed.” His world-famous home design, Fallingwater, challenges the idea of indoor and outdoor space. Fallingwater was built into the face of a cliff near Pittsburgh.

    Interior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House, the Westcott House, and the Darwin D. Martin House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes numerous original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements that were included in his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.

    Wright authored 20 books and many articles, and was a popular lecturer in the United States and in Europe. His colorful personal life often made headlines, most notably for the 1914 fire and murders at his Taliesin studio. Already well-known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”.

    Brief Biography of a Famous and Influential Artist 3: Georgia O’Keeffe

    Portrait of Painter, Georgia O'Keeffe

    GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (1887-1986)

    Born: Georgia Totto O’Keeffe on November 15, 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, U.S.

    Died: March 6, 1986 [age 98] in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.

    Most Notable Works: Blue and Green Music, The Yellow Flower, as well as  numerous paintings of flowers

    The Beautiful Blue and Green Music by Georgia O'Keeffe

    Georgia O’Keeffe was a female artist and icon of the twentieth century. She was an early avant-garde artist of American Modernism. Her life spanned 98 years, and her portfolio includes many works of American landscapes. She received early art instruction at the Art Institute of Chicago (1905-1907). In 1907, she moved to New York City and studied under William Merritt Chase as a member of the Art Students League. Her early career led her to further studies at Columbia University Teacher’s College and educational posts at the University of Virginia and Columbia College.

    In her New York years, O’Keeffe created works described as examples of avant-garde Modernism, abstract, Minimalist, and color field theory. Two of her paintings demonstrate her lifelong skill with color regardless of the subject matter. In 1919, O’Keefe created “Blue and Green Music” and became prominent with support from Alfred Stieglitz. This abstract piece is a beautiful work of rhythm, movement, color, depth, and form. She echoes this work again in 1927 with “Abstraction Blue.” When O’Keeffe painted in watercolor or oil, she also captured beauty and emotion. In later works, O’Keeffe continued this tradition, including famous pictures of flowers and New Mexican landscapes.

    O'Keeffe's The Yellow Flower

    O’Keeffe developed a powerful relationship with the wealthy and famous photographer, Alfred Stieglitz. The two were quite a power duo. Stieglitz is remembered as the first photographer to be exhibited in American museums, the power behind Modernist artists with his gallery 291 in New York City, the person who brought Modernism (ala Picasso) to America, and an artistic influence on artists like Ansel Adams. Although their friendship began in 1917 while Stieglitz was still married to his wife, O’Keeffe married Stieglitz in 1924.

    When Stieglitz died in 1946, O’Keeffe moved from their home in Manhattan’s Shelton Hotel to New Mexico. She divided her time between a home called Ghost Ranch (frequented since the mid-thirties and purchased in 1940) and a Spanish colonial at Abiqui (purchased in 1945 and occupied in 1949). In her “Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie’s II” (1930), O’Keeffe again depicts movement, beauty, volume, and depth, especially in brilliant blue forms of New Mexican mountains. O’Keeffe’s work reflected other travels and influences, including a friendship with the Mexican artists, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.

    Georgia O’Keeffe’s cultural impact is preserved by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This museum offers the only research center in the world devoted to scholarly study in American Modernism. A visit to this museum or another venue where her work is shown suggests why she was the first woman to have a solo exhibition in 1946 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

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