The Great Backyard Bird Count begins today, February 17th, through February 20th. It's easy to do and you don't have to be an experienced birder to participate. A lot of information, plus a free printout of birds you might see in your area, is available at The Great Backyard Bird Count. More ideas in the archives for feeding wild birds:
I have recently taken on the role of Q-tips Brand Ambassador as a Q-tip Tipster and will be sharing crafts and ideas for one of my favorite supplies, Q-tips! I love Q-tips because they are so sturdy and flexible - perfect for this craft and so many other uses too!
Glow-in-the-Dark Q-tip Skeleton Garland Tutorial *check the end of this tutorial for tips, options, and variations*
handful of Q-tips scrap of white cardstock black permanent marker glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint paint brush thick white glue black felt yarn needle and thread
break Q-tips into bones for the skeleton
Draw and cut a skull from white cardstock; click on the image above for directions on how to draw a simple skull.
Paint your skull with the glow-in-the-dark paint and let dry before adding the face details.
Paint your bones with glow-in-the-dark paint and let dry.
Cut felt rectangles large enough to hold the skeletons and with at least two inches of space at the top if you are going to make it into a garland.
Glue the skeleton and skull onto the felt and let dry.
To make a garland: Fold over top edge of felt, about 1", and stitch with black thread and a running stitch to create a channel for the yarn.
Run the yarn through the felt channels and your garland is ready to hang!
Tips, Options and Variations
for younger children Younger children can create their skelton using whole Q-tips (you'll need about 15-20 Q-tips per child) or you can cut the small pieces ahead of time. The Q-tips break apart easily by bending back and forth.
black felt or black paper I like the black felt because it will hold up longer and you can bring out your garland every year to enjoy but you can also use black paper instead.
paint variations Painting the Q-tips is optional. You can also try fluorescent paint instead of glow-in-the-dark paint - the skeletons look amazing under a black light! You can find both kinds of paint in the acrylic paint section of a craft supply store.
wax paper Wax paper is my favorite surface to work on and it's perfect for drying the painted Q-tips so they won't stick.
skeletal system lesson Depending on the ages involved in this craft, putting together the skeleton is a great activity to go along with a lesson on the skeletal system.
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Q-tip but all ideas and opinons are my own.