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Create a festive fall decoration with 3-D paper sculptures of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Fill your horn of plenty with symbols of local produce for an Earth-friendly display.
Ask students what the colors of the fall harvest? Do you see orange carrots and pumpkins, purple eggplant and grapes, green squash, yellow corn, and red beets? Which crops are grown locally? From where are the others shipped? Rather than use real food as a decoration, students create an imaginative paper cornucopia and help save natural resources!
Cover the art area with recycled newspaper. Blend Crayola Fingerpaint to make a rich fall palette or colors. To make the cornucopia, paint one side of a paper plate. Use your fingers to make a basket-weave design. Set it aside to dry.
Cover watercolor papers with an array of autumn harvest colors. Paint all sides of a few lunch bags as well, to become pumpkins or beets. Create texture with your fingers and thumbnail scratches. Make variegated colors for realism. Students will share the decorated paper with classmates.
After the paper plate is dry, flip it over and paint the other side. Again, create a basket-weave design with fingers. Air-dry the paintings.
To assemble the cornucopia, cut a slit from the edge of the paper plate into its center. Slide one side of the slit under the other to create a cone. Glue the edges. Air-dry the glue.
Tear, cut, roll, and/or crumple your painted papers into familiar fruits and vegetables. Here are a few ideas. To make carrots, roll orange paper into a tight cone. Twist strips of green paper together for leaves. Glue together.
To make beets or pumpkins, stuff recycled paper into painted lunch bags. Twist or tear green or brown papers to form vines and leaves. Scrunch up small bits of paper and glue them together for a bunch of grapes. Roll green or yellow paper into squash shapes and glue tight.
To hold the twisted shapes together and give them a polished look, brush them with a glaze of equal parts water and glue. Add Glitter Glue highlights to each paper sculpture. Air-dry the glue.
Assemble the cornucopia filled with nature’s abundance. Present it as a "thank you" gift to a teacher family member.
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