Snowmen are a winter project that we can use before Christmas, during the Christmas season and even for a time after Christmas.  So if you are very limited in time, snowmen are the way to go.  The pattern for this can be printed on white paper and then just colored if you want to make a short project of it.  Or there are also patterns for the vest, hat and pockets that can be printed on colored papers and used instead.  The body pattern is in two pieces that need to be printed, overlapped where they match, taped and then copied.  This snowman is finished on both sides. The finished length is 16 1/2″ and is easy enough for any class.  Find “Twiggy, the Snowman” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.  Click the photo for a full length view.

Posted in Christmas Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


zentangle-the doodleHave you ever noticed the doodle art called Zentangle? I find this method fascinating and I found some articles that I believe would be perfect for elementary art classes.
Wikipedia says, “The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being.”
This fascinating use of repetitive patterns is shown in easy-to-understand language in the articles I’m recommending.  To find the articles I’m recommending, go to Zentangle Tutorials in the Miscellaneous Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

Posted in Categories | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment


reindeer antics 1I’m sure that at this time of year, all Santa’s reindeer are excited about Christmas. In my imagination, the littlest reindeer are also anticipating receiving gifts, which have them jumping and tumbling with joy.
So, to share this mental image, I’ve made a reindeer pattern, so you can make a classroom display of reindeer fun. Find the tutorial for this “North Pole Reindeer Antics” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.     Click on the image at the left for a larger version of the image.

Posted in Categories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


winter silence-5The weather is cold and it’s been snowing. Even though I don’t particularly like cold weather, I do appreciate the quiet and beauty of falling snow. This art project is simple and I expect to see a wide variety of interpretations of the directions. I like using silhouettes because the images don’t have to be perfect.  You can find the directions for this art project in the 5th Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

Click on the image above for a close up look at the art project.

Posted in Categories | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


Who better to watch over you while you prepare for Christmas than a group of watchful snowmen?  These little guys will put a smile on your face and a holiday spirit in your heart.  Why not put them in a potted plant for a Christmas gift? Find the directions for these little cuties, “Snowmen Sentinel,” in the Christmas Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

For a closer look, click on the picture at left.

Posted in Categories, Christmas Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment



I notice that occasionally, when clicking on a project listed in one of the Galleries, you are taken to just a picture of the project, not the directions for the project.  I don’t know why that happens, but I can fix it right away—-if I know about it.

Michele sent me a message that “Stuffed and Sittin” didn’t go to the directions.  I have that fixed now.  Thanks, Michele, for the heads up.

When there is a problem, I’m asking you to please leave a comment or send me an e-mail at:

Please include the name of the project.  The sooner I know about it the faster I can fix it.



Posted in Categories | Leave a comment


This was such a fun project that I was anxious to share it with you.  When I was on vacation this fall, I found this owl decoration in one of the stores and thought it would make a nice art project for the kids.  Click on the image to the left to get a full view of the photo.   I took a picture of the decoration to show the students and gave them an owl shape, construction paper, tissue paper and buttons and told them to make an owl using the supplies I provided and the owl shape.  You can see pictures of the great decorations  they made by going to Paper Cut Owl, in the 6th Grade Projects Gallery  in the sidebar.

Posted in 6th Grade | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment


The best part of the holiday of Thanksgiving is that it reminds us of how blessed we are.  It’s important that we stress to our children that God is the source of all that we have and that we should thank Him daily for those blessings.  This acorn and leaves hanging project is a perfect way to have the kids state what they are thankful for.  For the pattern and directions go to “Be Thankful,” in the 1st Grade Projects Gallery in the sidebar.

Posted in 1st Grade, Thanksgiving | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments