Monday, July 25, 2011

Carrots for Trouble's Wall

Trevor has been anxious to add more art to Trouble's Wall.  I thought it would be fun to make some carrots.  I don't remember ever making carrot art in the past, which made it all the more fun. 

We started by gathering our materials: orange and green cardstock, orange tissue paper, scissors, pencil, and liquid starch.  We cut the orange tissue paper into 1 inch squares.  We used green cardstock to make a green carrot top.  Then we cut a large carrot shape from orange cardstock.


We drew horizontal lines along the length of the carrot.


Once we were done with cutting and line-drawing, it was time for one my all-time favorite crafting materials.  I LOVE Sta-Flo


It's sold in the laundry aisle of the grocery store, but I've never used it for laundry.  Not even once.  But I've probably bought at least a dozen bottles in my adult life.  Perhaps more.  I use it for tissue paper crafts.  Paint a small amount of undiluted Sta-Flo onto the cardstock, then place a piece of tissue paper on it.  Then paint over the top of the tissue paper with more Sta-Flo. 

This might be my all-time favorite craft technique.  I love the look, and it's both fun and relaxing.


Here's a closer look:


It takes about an hour to dry.  We attached the greens to the carrot and hung it up on Trouble's Wall. 

Trevor's.

Mine.

Not two minutes after we finished this project, Trevor announced that HE had planned a project for us to do.  He sent me up to the craft room to get a variety of colors of construction paper.   His idea was that we would cut out some of the foods we feed Trouble and label them.

 

 As you can see, carrot greens are healthy and Trouble can have a lot of them each day.  A banana and the orange part of a carrot are both treats and can be given only in moderation.  Trevor thought that by labeling some of Trouble's favorite foods as treats, Trouble would understand why he can't have them all the time.

Here's what Trouble's Wall looks like now:


The small red speck is a dried cranberry, one of Trouble's absolute favorite treats.  It is now clearly labeled "Treat" so that there is no confusion.

7 comments:

  1. You have the best kid craft ideas!! And I loving Trevor's idea to make sure Trouble knows what he can and can not have! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  2. Very cute! And I can just see Trevor labeling the foods so that Trouble can understand why he can't have certain foods. Trevor is the same way. He knows he has to eat his healthy foods first before he gets treats.

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  3. Trevor is so lucky to have such a crafty Mom! I had never heard of liquid starch before so thanks for sharing that with us.

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  4. Cindy, you have great ideas. I need to scroll way back in your blog to see what you did with Trevor when he was 2. I am feeling neglectful of the crafty side of my young toddler. You inspire me! Great projects. And I got such a chuckle about the way Trevor was very particular about what was healthy and what was a treat! Good mamma, you are!

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  5. YOu are so creative, Cindy! That carrot is awesomE!!
    (I nominated you for the sweet blog award!)

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  6. Trouble has quite a nice art collection going! What a great project for Trevor. I hope to see a scrapbook layout about this soon!! :) -Amanda

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