NUTS AND BOLTS PAPERWEIGHT
Submitted by Amy Schamburek from 20ish Parents
What You Need:
- Large mixing bowl
- measuring cup
- plastic of paris
- assortment of nuts, bolts, nails, and screws
- old newspaper
- silver spray paint
- brightly colored felt scraps
What You Do:
- In large mixing bowl, mix together the plaster of paris and water (two parts plaster to one part water). Stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Give each child a handful of plaster. Ask each child to mold the plaster into a mound, about 3" in diameter.
- Children will decorate the plaster mounds by pressing a variety of nuts, bolts, nails, and screws into the surfaces.
- Set the children's paperweights on old newspapers and let dry for two or three days.
- When the paper weights have dried, spray-paint them silver. Let dry.
- To make a protective covering for the bottom of each paperweight, ask each child to trace the paperweight onto a scrap of felt, using chalk. Assist each child in cutting out the felt shape and trimming its edges another 1/4 ". The felt shape will then be glued onto the bottom of the paperweight.
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