More painted paper…

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My 3rd graders loved making the painted paper birdhouses so much that I decided to find another painted paper project for them to do. I saw it first at (guess where!) Painted Paper, who gives credit to It’s an HSES Arty Party! I actually did my lesson a little closer to the original.
Now, I’m going to make a confession: I have never used coffee filters in an art project. Never! How have I made it this long as an elementary art teacher, without using one of these beloved pieces of round paper?!?!? Mostly because I can never remember to buy some at the store. This year I was lucky enough to inherit a pack when I was moved to a new school.
Our first step was to paint the coffee filters with watercolors. And not just any watercolors but homemade watercolors. I saw this excellent recycling tip somewhere and I can NOT remember where! You just take your old, dried up markers and put them in cups of water and let them sit awhile! They worked perfectly and the kids loved the recycling aspect as much as I did!
Then we painted our paper for our petals. Next week we will cut out the petals and glue everything together!
These area shots of our progress thus far…

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I love my job!

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