African Tea Party Crafts



PARTY CRAFTS:






African Aluminum Ornaments:


Materials:
  • Aluminum foil roasting pans or aluminum pie pans
  • Small pieces of cardboard
  • Wire or paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Nail
  • Glitter
  • Bits of colorful construction paper, or wrapping paper


Instructions:

  1. Draw traditional African shapes on the bottom of your aluminum pans. Animal and traditional geometric shapes work really well with this project.
  2. You may even want to practice by drawing your designs on paper first.
  3. Carefully cut out the aluminum designs.
  4. Place the aluminum cut-outs onto pieces of cardboard for padding. Then, using a nail and gentle pressure, make dot-impressions into the soft metal. Be careful not to puncture the aluminum with the nail.
  5. The result should be a series of smooth raised dots in your aluminum cut-outs.
  6. Next, glue colored bits of paper and glitter to your ornaments. The goal here is to make the ornaments sparkle brightly.
  7. For a finishing touch use the colored permanent markers to trace your raised impressions on the ornaments.
  8. Finally, use a nail to poke a single hole in the top of each ornament. Insert a wire hook for hanging around the house.


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African Eraser Prints:


Materials:
  • Aluminum foil roasting pans or aluminum pie pans
  • 2 or 3 large potatoes
  • Carving knife (X-acto knife)
  • Several colorful inked stamp pads
  • Large construction paper or artist's sketch paper
  • Pencil or pen for drawing designs.


Instructions:

  1. Wash the potatoes. Cut them in halves with an ordinary kitchen knife. Do not peel the potatoes. The skin provides a good surface to grip.
  2. With a pencil, carefully draw out a simple geographic design on the flat surface of the potato. Simple stripes seen in African art will do nicely.
  3. Use the X-acto knife to cut away the portions of the potato that are not in your design - only your design should contact the ink for printing.
  4. Dip the potato designs into the printing ink. Print your designs across entire sheets of paper for a more dramatic effect.
  5. For a finishing touch crop your printings and frame them on separate dark-colored pieces of construction paper!

    Note: You may want to have the potatoes pre-carved if the children are younger. Just make several designs from which the children may choose to complete their personalized printings.

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African Mosaic Panels:


Materials:
  • Colored construction paper
  • Large sheets of black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • White glue, glue stick, and glue brush


Instructions:

  1. Tear the colored construction paper into small pieces. The pieces should have somewhat irregular shapes for a classic mosaic look.
  2. Next, take the large black piece of construction paper and lightly draw the design that you are going to create... How about an African savannah, complete with lions and giraffes!
  3. Be sure to draw an outline for each different area of color that will appear in your design.
  4. Then, glue the small bits of colored paper onto your design. Be sure to completely cover your initial pencil design. You don't want the pencil markings to show through.
  5. Continue filling in the color areas of your masterpiece until completed - tearing and sculpting pieces of colored paper as needed.
  6. Finally, allow your design to dry completely, then mount on the wall.


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