Julia over at Roots of Simplicity created a terrific craft activity with her preschoolers.   She dyed Pistachio shells and other fun pasta shapes to use as mosaic materials.   With some twigs to create a frame, they had fun creating different images and patterns before glueing their “framed works”.   This is definitely on our list of crafts to do!   Thanks Julia for guest posting!
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We finally completed the gluing process with our dyed pistachio shells!   First the kids and I made some framed art.   Theirs turned out to be more abstract than my floral design above.

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To find out how we colored the pistachio shells and pasta, see Part 1 of this craft.

Materials for Colored Pistachio Shell Art:
  • colored pistachio shells and/or pasta
  • Elmer’s Glue All
  • white paper
  • straight twigs, broken and cut to fit the edges of the paper

The napkin rings were a solo project that I did.   Hot glue and little fingers don’t mix.   The blue denim should match my mother’s kitchen colors.   I will choose a different fabric to wrap the cardboard rings if I make a set for myself.


Materials for Colored Pistachio Shell Napkin Rings:
  • colored pistachio shells
  • hot glue and glue gun
  • long fabric strip or ribbon (I used denim from old size 4T jeans)
  • cardboard tube, cut into sections
  • buttons (mine were salvaged from a stained shirt)

Thanks again Julia for guest posting!   I love your craft ideas!

Pssst… check out this cool Easy Mosaic Art for Kids: Make a Rainbow Craft from a Paper Plate!



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