Kiddos are back in school after a wonderful break. I was sad to see them go, but i’m thankful for all the memories that were made. I’m a few days late in posting this, but better late than never right? I love the Tournament of Roses Parade! The floats are AMAZING, there is so much detail on each one! One day I would love to actually see it in person…well if I was to be completely honest, I secretly dream of decorating one of the floats someday. I can’t even imagine all the work that goes into each one. I love listening to the announcers describe all the organic matter that is used to create each detailed float.
My magical Rose Bowl Parade morning viewing went like this… just me and 8 kiddos, a cup of coffee (OK maybe 2) and a mini trampoline with lots of cheering and giggling. It might not be front row seats in Pasadena, but we had lots of fun.
Once the parade ended we decided to make art work inspired by all the colorful floats. I have been wanting to revisit creating art from tin foil and sharpies for a while and this seem like as good of time as any. We made wonderful Easter eggs using this same technique a few years ago, but that was before I started this blog so no pictures sorry.
We started by digging through the recycle bin for a cereal box. This was the base for the kids art work. The kiddos did a quick sketch of their design. They were really eager to work with the glue gun, so they did not spend too much time sketching. I encouraged the kiddos to keep their designs simple since they will be tracing over the sketch with hot glue. We choose hot glue for this step since we were excited to finish the project and did not want to wait for white glue and string to dry. Plus the kids are always excited to use the glue gun:)
Once everything has cooled, cover the cardboard in a sheet of tinfoil. Gently burnish the tinfoil with the back end of a paint brush. We found that even when the kiddos were being super careful some areas of the tinfoil got holes. We repeated the process one more time with another layer of tinfoil. No more holes! Fold the raw edges to the back of the cardboard and color with sharpies.
Color all the indented areas with colored sharpie and trace the raised glue gun lines with a black sharpie. The end results are stunning! This type of art work is often called faux stained glass.
I love how they turned out! Now I have a sweet little reminder of the Rose Bowl Parade that I can look at all year as I wait for next years parade.