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Preschoolers Recycle Paper Doily Crafts



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Paper doily crafts are lots of fun.  Perhaps you want to reuse and recycle the paper doilies that decorated the table from a Mother’s Day tea or maybe your preschool has been gifted with a box of left over doilies and now you’re looking for easy paper doily crafts for preschoolers.  There are a variety of paper doily crafts for every season of the year.

Paper Doily Crafts:  Sunflowers

Sunflowers are a fun summer time craft for preschoolers and paper doilies are just the right size and shape to get started.

Materials:

Paper doilies

Yellow paint

Black or brown paint

Brushes

Background paper

Glue

Markers, chenille stems or green yarn for stems

Newspaper table cover

Directions:

Let preschoolers see a real sunflower or a photo of a sunflower and notice the bright yellow petals and the darker center.  The ruffled edge of the paper doily makes a great visual clue for little artist to paint the outside yellow and the inside black or brown.  After the paint dries, let them glue their sunflower onto a background and add a stem for beautiful flower craft.

Paper Doily Crafts:  Apple Trees

In the fall a variety of tree crafts help preschoolers recognize the change of seasons.  Apple trees are fun fall craft and the paper doily has that great cartoon tree shape to begin making an apple tree. 

Materials:

Paper doilies

Green paint

Red paint

Paintbrushes

Background paper

Brown markers or paper scraps for the trunk

Newspaper table cover

Let kids have fun painting the paper doily green and then maybe read an apple tree book or enjoy an apple snack while they dry.  Now let them add red apples with a brush or even thumb prints.  Let them glue the apple treetops to the background and add a trunk and their fall crafts are ready to show off. 

Paper Doily Crafts:  Snowflakes

Preschoolers are just learning to use scissors and the advantage of using paper doilies to create snowflakes is that they already have a fancy, flaky edge that will help resemble a snowflake regardless of their skills.

Materials:

Paper doilies

Scissors

Directions:

Teach preschoolers how to fold a paper doily in half and make small snippets that appear to be triangles but will look like diamond cut outs when the paper doily is opened up.  They can also make snippets of half circles or triangles around the edges.  Encourage them to cut out sections of different sizes to discover the snowflake patterns they can create. 

Every snowflake is unique and there’s no wrong way to make a paper doily snowflake.  These fun crafts look great floating on windows, drifting across bulletin boards or hanging from mobiles.

Paper Doily Crafts:  Butterflies

Kids love to make butterfly crafts and paper doilies are a great material to help a butterfly craft take flight.

Materials:

Paper doilies

Watercolor paints

Brushes

Clothespins

Newspaper table cover

Chenille stems

To decorate their butterflies let kids “drip” watercolor paints onto the doily and watch as the color dots and expands to bright spots on their butterfly wings.  Once the paint is dry show kids how to bunch up the middle and clip with a clothespin to create body and the wings will naturally appear.  A snippet of chenille stems can also be made into a U shape and clipped into the clothespin to the antennae. 

Winter, spring, summer or fall, paper doilies make any preschool meal or party extra fancy but they can also lace up a variety of preschool crafts. 




 

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