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Paper roll parrots

Saturday, April 5th, 2008


This craft is made specially for one of our visitors πŸ™‚ We hope you all enjoy it!

Craft supplies

For each:

Paper roll

Acrylic paint – yellow and green, paintbrush

Pair of wiggle eyes

Camel foam scraps


Loaded glue gun


For green one:

2″ Styrofoam ball


If you’re making parrot with Styrofoam head, cut about 1″ out of paper roll across, then hotglue the head to the body

Further instructions are the same for both

Color your parrot any color you like – we used yellow and green, let it dry

Hotglue eyes and feathers (on the heads, as wings and as tails)

Make the beaks – it’s very easy – just draw on the foam small fat boomerangs and cut them out

Hotglue beaks to the heads

It’s a great puppet to play or just decoration. Enjoy!

Carnival mask

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Carnival maskcarnival mask - mardi gras or halloween close up

Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) is the day before Ash Wednesday, and is also called “Shrove Tuesday” or “Pancake Day”. Mardi Gras is the final day of Carnival, though the term is often used incorrectly to describe the days and weeks preceding Fat Tuesday. Carnival begins 12 days after Christmas, or Twelfth Night, on January 6 and ends on Mardi Gras, which always falls exactly 47 days before Easter. Perhaps the cities most famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations include New Orleans, Louisiana; Venice, Italy; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Many other places have important Mardi Gras celebrations as well. Carnival is an important celebration in most of Europe, except in the United Kingdom where pancakes are the tradition, and also in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Craft supplies

Plastic mask from craft store

Feathers – about 20, 4 colors, different length

Glitter – gold and red (you can use any color you wish, or mix colors)


White glue, brush

Glue gun, glue stick


Hotglue first layer of feathers on outer edge of mask, trying to make a β€˜fan’ shape (5 red on the picture)

Hotglue next layer lower, following the same shape and positioning feathers between reds (greens on picture)

Follow up with 2 more layers, trying not leaving gaps, stop near eye holes

Hotglue sequins above eye holes, covering quills

β€˜Paint’ lower part of mask with white glue, sprinkle with glitter, make sure you covered whole surface and no plastic peeped out πŸ™‚

Now put on your mask an go carnival!!!!!!!! You can also use it for Halloween as part of your costume.