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Mosaic "Candles"

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Grade: 2 & up   •   Age: 6+   •  Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
Designed by: Jantje Blokhuis-Mulder
[Andrea and Jantje are the creators of KinderArt®]

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These colorful "candles" are such fun to make and a joy to look at. We did this craft with Grade 2 students but it can easily be adapted for other grades. (Even adults will enjoy it!) The class time required was 1 hour, but if students plan out mosaic designs (instead of random ones, as shown above), you will need more time.

What You Need:

  • Toilet paper (tp) rolls
  • Glue
  • Foam heart shapes (or tissue paper) in red (or pink), yellow and orange
  • Small paper squares (or construction paper)
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Small holiday garland (we bought a fake one and cut it apart)
  • Cotton balls

What You Do:

Prior to the Class:
  • If you don't have ready-made paper squares, you will need to cut colored construction paper into squares about 1/4" x 1/4". Similarly, if you don't have foam hearts, you will need to cut tissue paper into heart or flame shapes. Note: if you have a package of craft foam pieces, you can use ovals instead of hearts.
  1. Each child receives a toilet paper roll, a handful of paper mosaic squares, a red, orange and yellow foam heart, a cotton ball and some white glue.

  2. Children glue the mosaic squares onto the toilet paper roll. They can be applied to create a pattern or design, or they can be applied randomly.

  3. Once toilet paper roll is covered with squares, children take the cotton ball, pull it apart a little bit and glue it to the top of the "candle".

  4. The red, yellow and orange hearts are glued together, one slightly lower than the next (see photo).

  5. The hearts are then pushed into the cotton and glued in place to create the "flame" of the "candle".

  6. As a final touch, a small piece of garland can be glued around the bottom of the candle. This also give the candle some stability.

Recommended Books:

Kids Celebrate
by Maria Bonfanti Esche, Clare Bonfanti Braham
Skipping the typical green shamrocks and orange paper pumpkins, here are 100 days to remember with 200 related activities for children and grownups.

Kids Holiday Fun
by Penny Warner, Kathy Rogers
This year-round guide provides fresh new ideas, month by month, for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy together. Ideal for busy parents, the guide organizes every holiday clearly, with detailed "what-you-need" lists and time guidelines for each activity.

Find More Christmas Book Recommendations in the KinderArt Store.

Recommended Products:

From Dick Blick Art Materials

Roylco Mosaic Paper Squares

Roylco Mosaic Paper Squares

Create endless designs and patterns with colorful, 3/8" heavy paper mosaic squares. Decorate art for walls or make masks, tiles, picture frames, boxes, and more.

Creative Hands Foam Shapes

Creative Hands Foam Shapes

Find fun and beauty through decorating with foam. The vast number of pieces contained in this tub, and the range of shapes, present endless creative possibilites. Choose from a variety of sizes and colors of hearts, squares, circles, and triangles.

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