African Arts & Crafts for Kids
Decorate your home with this tribal wall hanging quilt made out of popsicles!
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WITH THIS PROJECT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN
- What a quilt is
- Different types of patterns
- How to paint
- How to glue things together
THE BOOK WE READ BEFORE MAKING THIS PROJECT
MAKING THIS TRIBAL QUILT IS THE PERFECT PAINTING PROJECT TO DO WITH YOUR LITTLE ONES. HERE IS THE SUPPLIES WE USED.
- Popsicle sticks
- Craft paint in many colors
- Paint brush
Line up the popsicle sticks so that you have as close to a square shape as possible. I ended up needing eight sticks to make one square. Since I used eight popsicle sticks to make one square and there are four squares I needed 32 popsicle sticks.
Now you are going to paint the base colors for all of your popsicle sticks. I found it best to keep each group of eight popsicle sticks together. When I did each of my four squares made them look very different. I wanted this to look as close to a real quilt as possible so I painted each of my squares in very different vibrant colors. One set I did in the blue and teal shades, another in black, cream, and green, another in pink, orange, and yellow, and my final one in black, red, yellow, and white. I wanted each square to look like a different piece of fabric.
Then once the base coat is done and dried add patterns to each of your popsicle sticks. I added details such as symbols, signs, and marks on the sticks. Some ideas that I did were; dots, lines, the letter x, the letter s, check marks, zigzag formations, squiggly line formations, flowers, circles, and more. But you can do any pattern you want be creative!
After all sets of squares are painted and dried it is time to assemble your quilt. Start by cutting a piece of felt large enough to fit all four squares on it. Cutting felt can be tricky so if your little one is having a hard time cutting it out you can just cut it for them.
The next thing you are going to do is arrange your first square by gluing on the sticks in one direction on one corner of the felt. Glue them tightly together.
Once you are done that glue on your other set of popsicle sticks into a square having the sticks go the opposite direction as shown.
Now you are going to glue on the other two sets of sticks in the same manner as shown below. Once they are all glued on, trim the felt close to the edge of the sticks as shown. If you have pinking shears, they will work and look the best. If not, plain scissors will work just fine. Again if cutting the felt is too hard for your child then you can just trim the edges.
Feel free to add a piece of string to the back so that you can hang up your tribal quilt. Your tribal quilt is now ready to hang up or be displayed!
I hope you enjoyed making this charming tribal quilt with your kids or grandkids!