All you have to do is present kids with some new and interesting materials to use, and the creativity begins to soar. One versatile craft material is fishing net. Fishing net makes an attractive backdrop for a mural---for either one child to decorate his or her room or for a group of kids to hang in a communal place. Another interesting way to use fishing net is for kids to decoratively paint their own outfits using a very unusual artistic technique. Follow the instructions below for these absorbing crafts.
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Things you need
- Fishing nets
- Spray paint
- Ornament hooks
- Twist ties
- Yarn or twine
- Ornaments and decorations
- Fabric paint
- Paint brushes
- Plain cotton clothes
- Safety goggles
- Petroleum jelly
- Bathing cap
- Rubber gloves
- Old socks
Use a clean fishing net as the canvass for your mural. If you like, you can lay it out on a tarp and spray paint it to give it some colour, but it can look just as good plain. Leave it up to the kids and the look that inspires them.
Decide on a theme for the mural. Of course, a nautical theme will work well, but you don't have to be so literal. Allow the child to choose a theme that inspires him or her. You could use a nature theme, a favourite animal theme or even a superhero theme. If the child is younger and prefers to not have a theme, that's fine too. There's no right or wrong way to do it.
Collect items to go on the net. Raid your craft box and old storage boxes and let the child pick whatever he or she likes. Some good ideas are ribbons, strips of fabric, silk flowers and leaves, foamies (die-cut foam shapes found in craft stores), little toys and trinkets, paper cutouts and artwork, old holiday ornaments, crystals, beads, old clothes or clay figures.
Lay the fishing net on a large table. Provide the child with an assortment of things to put on the net. Some things that are long or flexible, such as ribbon and fabric, can be tied, woven or twisted into the netting to hold it in place. Use twist ties, string, twine or glue to help hold things on the net. Another good option is to use holiday ornament hooks. Some lighter objects, especially paper, can be glued in place. Allow the child to continue adding things to different sections of the net until he or she is satisfied.
Put three or four nails in the wall at the height you want to hang the net. Carefully pick up the net and hook it onto the nails to display it.
Fishing Net Mural
Hang a fishing net on a clothes line. Give the children an assortment of fabric paints and let them paint the fishing net in whatever colours or designs they like. Have them lay the paint on very thickly.
Let the children dress in plain cotton clothes, such as a T-shirt and cotton trousers or sweatpants. White works well, but as long as the clothes are a solid colour, it will look fine.
Have the children put on the safety goggles to protect their eyes. Put their hair up in a shower cap or bathing cap. To make wiping paint off their faces easier, rub some petroleum jelly on their faces and necks. If you like, put long rubber dish gloves or old socks on their hands, secured on their arms with rubber bands, or put old socks on their feet to protect their skin from the paint. The paint won't hurt their skin, but it can be a messy cleanup if they get too much on them.
Lay the fishing net on a large tarp, painted-side up. Allow the children to lie on and roll around on the painted net. This will create all kinds of interesting lines, shapes and streaks on their clothes. Like tie-dyeing, no two will come out the same.
When the children have finished rolling around, help them remove their clothes carefully and hang them on the clothesline till the fabric paint dries. They can then wear their outfits out or use them as pyjamas.