On my travels around the internet I often come across really good art and craft ideas, or ideas that really appeal to me, so I’ve decided to start a new occasional series of ‘Artful Discoveries’. Some of these may perhaps be a little more ‘craftful’ than artful, but all are projects that I think are special in some way.
In view of the season, I thought I’d start the series off with a project I came across at Glittering Shards for making these beautiful hanging mosaics using plastic bottle tops. They make lovely tree decorations, and they can be as simple or complex as you like. The original tutorial which I used can be found here.
I varied it slightly, in that I made just one hole in the plastic, and threaded a single piece of wire through, doubled back to form the loop. I also sprayed the lids gold to add a little more bling, though given that lots of milk bottles have red or green lids, this isn’t really necessary. We used beads, sequins and mini mosaic squares to create the designs.
The kids mosaics were rather more random, but they really enjoyed doing them, and wanted to do several. I wasn’t sure whether they weren’t a little too young for it at 6 and 4, but it was lovely to see them taking so much care over their creations. Of course I couldn’t resist having a go myself once the kids were safely out of the way!
PS: Although the Featured Artist series has now finished for the time being, I’m still inviting submissions to the Artful Kids Flickr group, of 2 dimensional artwork by children under 12. There will be a competition over Christmas for the most popular contribution, which you’ll all have the chance to vote on, with the prize being an Artful Kids Gallery Style Poster, so get uploading!