Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsI guess this is the year of the shadow box because we can’t seem to stop making them.  First, it was self portrait shadow boxes.  Then we went to family photo shadow boxes.  And now, winter scene shadow boxes.  I just think it’s so much fun to create this little worlds of wonder and these kids had a blast with them.  Here’s how to create this great art project for kids.

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materials – a bunch of permanent markers (i.e. chalk markers, Sharpies, and paint markers) a box, transparency paper, salt, watercolors and embellishments over your choice (we used cotton balls and sequins)

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsI’ve been collecting markers for a while because I have an art supply hoarding situation going on.  You definitely don’t need this many.  One pack of paint markers is a great place to start.

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsStart by painting the inside of the box with watercolors.  We used blue liquid watercolor and it worked really well.

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsSprinkle salt over the watercolor to create a snowy feel.  The salt absorbs the watercolor.  Kids love this part.  Glue on any little details, like sequins.  *Note* if you’re watercolor dries before you sprinkle the salt, just add another coat.  No problem.

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsCut the transparency paper to the size of the box and draw your winter scene on top with the permanent markers.  This group was into penguins and Christmas trees.

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsBefore you tape the transparency onto the box, you’re going to need to poke a hole on the top of the box with a scissor for your loop.  The hole will likely be pretty small so to help you poke the yarn or string through, take a skewer or toothpick and use it to the push the string up through the hole.  Email me if you want to do it and that makes no sense : )

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for KidsTape the transparency paper to the box with decorative tape or regular scotch tape and you’re done.  So cute right?  You can hang it up on the wall or lean it up on a desk. If you want to leave off the loop you can tape the back right up to the wall and display your shadow box.  That looks great too.

No matter what age they come out great, so let’s hear it for shadow boxes!

For more fun art projects with kids, try printmaking or spin art rocks.  Have fun! xo Meri

Winter Penguin Shadow Boxes - Winter Crafts for Kids

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