Ever started to make something not knowing what the final result would be? Well, that's what happened this week and I just love the results! I knew that I wanted to make a counting calender of some sort (we are now in a 49 day period on the Jewish calender, where each day is counted in a special way) with scalloped circles but I really wasn't sure what I do with the circles! I even got my kids busy scribbling and coloring on recycled paper to make some of the inner circles without much of a plan!
Then it occurred to me that they'd look great, all 49 of them simply lined up on a grid, and lucky for me this frame that I had sitting around was just the right size and I even re-used the bristol board already inside the frame! I don't know whether we'll actually use this for counting because I love it just as it is! But my idea was to write the number for the day on the glass with markers. (Yes regular markers wipe easily off of glass!)
And in case you are wondering, when I recently hung this wrought iron rack, my family thought it was for hanging their stuff, I of course envisioned it as a great way to hang a picture, or have a revolving art wall of sorts!
- a 2" scalloped circle punch
- a 3" scalloped circle punch
- colored card stock in five colors
- recycled non-glossy paper from phone books etc, old lined notebook paper etc.
- a glue stick
- a frame with an inside measurement of at least 59cm x 75cm, and a piece of bristol board that fits the frame
Step 1: Get your kids to scribble and doodle with markers on old lined paper and non-glossy printed paper like phone book pages. If there aren't any kids around for this step, so have fun yourself!
Step 2: Cut out scalloped circles with the 2" punch if you want to duplicate my results. BUT if you want to make a more functional counting calender, so cut out the doodled artwork with the 3" punch such that all the centers will be made from solid paper.
Step 3: Cut out scalloped circles from your solid paper in both sizes.
Step 4: Using a glue gun, adhere smaller circles to larger ones.
Step 5: Arrange circles on board, and when you are happy with the placement (you'll need to play around a bit to make sure the various colors are evenly distributed) adhere them with the glue stick. Use a T-square or a long ruler to make sure your rows lineup as you are working.
Step 6: To use as a calender, insert into frame with glass (plastic might work too with a marker for dry-erase boards, give it try!) and write on the glass with a marker. When you've finished your countdown, wipe off the numbers and enjoy as a beautiful piece of artwork!