Summer vacation gives time to relax, play, have fun, and be creative without the confines of pressure of the school year. One way to spark your child’s creativity this summer is with a fun summer art project. The following art project ideas can help fill long summer days with artistic fun!
- Stained glass sun catchers
Stained glass sun catchers can be easily made using materials you might already have around the house. Begin by cutting out a shape in black construction paper; butterflies, hearts, jellyfish, stars, many more can be turned into sun catcher shapes! Press the outline onto a piece of contact paper and begin filling the shape with small pieces of colored tissue paper. When the shape is filled, put a second piece of contact paper on top, cut around the edges to remove the excess, hang in a sunny window, and enjoy!
- Garden stepping stones
Creating unique garden stepping stones is a way to add color and personality to your yard or garden. Begin by finding materials to use as the mosaics. Materials such as shells, small tiles, and colorful marbles can be used to create borders and patterns. Pour a small amount of cement into a clear vinyl pot saucer and begin decorating! When the stepping stones are dry, simply remove from the vinyl trays and add to your garden. For best results, ensure mosaic pieces are pressed firmly down into the cement with as few raised edges as possible.
- Ice Paint
When it seems too hot to do anything outside, beat the heat with ice “paintsicles”. Begin by mixing equal parts cornstarch and water, then pour the mixture into the ice cube tray of your choice. Add different colors and combinations of food coloring into each “cube” to create a variety of colors. Finally, put half a popsicle stick into each cube and freeze overnight! The next day, enjoying painting either on paper inside or on concrete or cement outside.
- Recycled firefly bottle
This project is made with glow sticks and recycled plastic soda bottles. While green 20 oz. bottles are recommended, any size or color can be used. After rinsing and drying the bottle, twist green or black pipe cleaners around the top, middle, and bottom of the bottle as legs. Cover the top of the legs with a piece of construction paper as the body, and top with cut out construction paper or cardboard wings. Make the firefly’s face by adding beads for eyes and pipe cleaner antennae to the bottle cap. Finally, crack a glow stick, put it inside, and enjoy the glow! Because the glow sticks can be easily replaced, this craft can last all summer long.