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Week 30 {tiny paintings project}

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Here’s some teeny tiny cuteness. These miniature surprise balls are the size of candy. They fit in a portable kit, so you can set up shop anywhere on summer travels.



Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.


FIG. 1 Supplies: Printout, Tacky glue, glue brush, washi or Scotch tape, little stapler, crepe paper (this kind is stronger), two pieces of 9” x 12” tracing paper, an empty matchbox, scissors, and two pieces of decorative paper to cover the matchbox (I used metallic crepe).

FIG. 2 You’ll also need some tiny toys to put inside the surprise balls. I used these rubber animals because they smush down into a ball shape.

FIG. 3 Fold the crepe paper onto itself several times and cut it into long ¼” ribbons.

FIG. 4 Start wrapping the animal

FIG. 5 Fold in the limbs while keeping a firm tension, and stretching the crepe as you wrap.

FIG. 6 Pinch it into a ball shape, and continue wrapping.

FIG. 7 Put a tiny dot of glue at the end. More glue = hard to unwrap.

FIG. 8 Change colors with each layer. You can also wrap in some confetti shapes. Start wrapping in an organized pattern. Hold the ball stationary and wrap the ribbon around it.  Overlap half the ribbon in a clockwise direction. You’ll be making an X on the front of the ball.

FIG. 9 When you start a new ribbon rotate the axis, so the X is in a different spot. If you keep up this organized manner, your ball will amazingly become round.

FIG. 10 Decorate the outside with stripes.

FIG. 11 Cut a piece of paper to fit in the bottom of the matchbox and overlap the ends. Don’t overlap the sides, or the box won’t open. If you’re using crepe paper, stretch it out before measuring the length.

FIG. 12 Apply glue evenly.

FIG. 13 Stick the paper to the box and smooth it out.

FIG. 14 Wrap the outside of the box too.

FIG. 14 Cut out the artwork. Glue the cash register to the top of the box so the drawer becomes your money drawer. I also added decoration with tape and a seal from the artwork.

FIG. 15 Make the bags. Fold the tracing paper in ¼, then cut on the lines. You should have eight pieces, 4 ½” x 6.” Fold a piece into a long tube, overlapping by ½” with the seam in the center. Tape over the seam and trim the ends.

FIG. 16 With the tape-side up, fold the bottom corners up, then fold up the point. Tape the point down with a small piece of tape on top of the other tape.

FIG. 17&18 Start selling. Write your name on the badge and tape it to your shirt. Write your initials on the seals. When people choose their candy, pretend to weigh it on the scale. Put the candy in a bag, fold over the top and staple it with a seal.



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