DIY Craft idea: Paper Plane Mobile with Maps
Paper planes! They are magical and bring us back to our childhood. This DIY project gives a nod to nostalgia with a fresh new take on paper planes… a way to recycle and re-purpose otherwise wasted materials: maps. Our paper planes are made with re-purposed Atlas pages. To create this look, search your home for old maps or look for vintage maps on ebay or a local antique shop for an especially nostalgic look. The colors, graphic details and reference to travel make maps the perfect medium for paper planes.
When starting your own DIY paper plane craft project, you can select the map pages with your child…choosing maps of special places you’ve traveled to…or places you dream to go.
Once we created a variety of paper aircraft, we strung them together with fishing line. You may choose to display planes against the wall as a piece of art too, like we did for our All Seasons Design Guide…
Or, as streamers in a window…
For our Young America showroom we created a mobile using a plane propeller from Authentic Models as the base and hung our paper plane garlands from it. We especially love the natural movement mobiles create. What do you think?
Happy paper plane-making! Whether you choose to decorate with them or just PLAY!
DIY Craft Project: Painted Pots
Painting terra cotta pots is a fun way to turn an ordinary object into something extraordinary. Plants, pencils, paint brushes and pens - a pot painted by your child’s hand adds a little personality, organization and flare. Hand painted flower pots are great gift ideas for grandparents too. Terra cotta pots are readily available at your local garden center in various sizes and shapes.
Acrylics work best for painted pots as terra cotta is clay, a naturally absorbent material. Acrylics are glossy and bright. If you choose a water-based poster or tempera paint, then finish the whole thing with a glossy, clear polyurethane spray to make the paint vibrant and prevent it from flaking, fading or washing away. Make a whole bunch of them and, most of all, have FUN.
Here’s a good painted pot How-to from Martha Stewart on the Michael’s website too.
As seen in the Young America All Seasons Design Guide
DIY Craft Project: Tissue Paper PomPoms
Brighten up any room with these colorful Tissue Paper PomPoms. Choose your favorite color combinations, combine with them lanterns, and create varying sizes and textures for visual oomph.
Girls (of all ages) will love this Young America DIY PomPom craft project. It’s easy to do and creates original, pretty room décor; they’re playful in a baby nursery too. Pick color combinations like pink & purple, teal & lime green, orange & yellow. Create varying sizes and textures. Shown here with a Young America Sleigh Bed.
Tissue Paper (20 inches x 30 inches)
Choose 1 to 3 colors, or similar shades of the same color, to keep things simple
Monofilament (fishing line)
1. Stack 6 to 10 sheets (or more) of tissue paper, depending on how puffy you want the PomPoms to be.
2.Fold the sheets into 1.5-inch accordion folds, all the way across.
3. Cut a round or pointy shape at the ends of the accordion shape, to give them a flower petal look.
4. Cut a 10” to 16” length of floral wire.
5. Wrap the wire around the center of the folded tissue and twist it tightly.
6. Fold the accordion shape in half.
7. Here’s the fun part! Pull apart each layer, separating it from the center one piece at a time.
8. Measure the length you’d like to hang your pom-pom from and cut a piece of monofilament accordingly.
9. Knot the monofilament to the floral wire and hang.
10. Make some more to create a Tissue Paper PomPom wonderland.