## Make Marvelous Marble Marquetry

Marquetry is the art of using thin pieces of veneer to craft beautiful images and patterns. Now you can create your own beautiful marble marquetry!

Age: 5+

Duration: 15-30 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Practice fine motor skills while you cut and fold. Encourage early geometry by talking about different shapes, patterns, and types of symmetry.

You’ll Need:

This craft looks like marquetry, but it actually combines a marquetry effect with a technique we call Shapegami. Start by downloading and printing the Shapegami Folding Instructions. This set of instructions includes step-by-step folding instructions for ten different shapes, basic geometric vocabulary, and design ideas. Start by taking the time to discuss different shapes and their attributes! Each of these shapes can be folded with an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet of paper AND with the special sized rectangles in the marquetry template.

Once students are familiar with the different shapes, they can practice folding them with white printer paper and start thinking about the design they want to make with their shapes. Students can design their own marquetry designs, or choose from the Shapegami idea list. I decided to create a flower design using folded kite shapes.

Once students feel confident, break out your Marble Paper and download the Marble Paper Marquetry Template. It may take some experimenting to see which way you need to put the craft paper into the printer so the lines print on the white side. I used the orange and blue sheets to create a strong color contrast, but you can choose any sheets you like!

Start by carefully cutting out the variously sized rectangles. To make each size easier to find, I sorted my rectangles by size as I cut them. Once your rectangles are all cut out, it’s time to start folding! I folded all my rectangles into kite shapes, keeping them arranged by size. This makes it easier to compose your marquetry design.

To create your marquetry design, start with a piece of white paper. Beginning with the largest of my kite shapes, I used loops of tape to secure each shape to the paper in the design I wanted.

Simply repeat this process using progressively smaller folded shapes, and you will have created a beautiful piece of geometric marquetry art!

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## Marble Paper Art Tiles

Bring color and beauty to the classroom with these simple but beautiful tiles!

The middle of winter can feel long and dreary, so lighten up the atmosphere by creating art tiles! These tiles can be used to create a beautiful bulletin board, classroom door or hallway display. Alternatively, they make a simple but beautiful piece of take-home art.

Age: 4+

Duration: 5 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Explore colors and textures. Mosaic abstract shapes together. Practice fine motor skills.

You’ll Need:

Start this activity with a sheet of Marble Sculpture Paper. If this is a take-home activity, kids can cut their tiles to whatever size and shape they want. If you plan to use this for a classroom art piece however, it’s easier if all the tiles are the same size. Scraps of the paper can be effectively used as corner frames (like in the yellow tile) if desired.

We suggest using a paint tray in the center of a group table to keep the crafty leaves from flying everywhere. Older students can pop out the die cut leaves on their own. For young students, you may want to pop the pieces out beforehand and let the kids choose and glue them.

Using a glue stick, glue the leaves onto the tiles. Kids can choose to make abstract patterns with their leaves like we did, or they might want to create animals. You can choose a theme for everyone to adhere to, or let the artistic moment dictate decisions.

Once students have completed their tiles, they can either take their artwork home, or it can be used to create a spectacular hallway or bulletin board mosaic!

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## Marble Paper Play Pal Family

We showed you how to make Paper Play Pals with our Skin Tone Craft Paper, but now we want to introduce you to our Marble Paper, and Mini Paper Play Pals!

Age: 4+

Duration: 10-40 minutes (depending on the size of your Marble Paper Play Pals family)

Learning Outcomes: Cut and roll paper to practice fine motor skills. Encourage imaginative play.

You Will Need:

Start by downloading the Mini Paper Pals Template to your computer. Place your favorite sheet of Marble paper in your printer. (It may take some experimenting to see how your printer feeds paper through, so you get the lines printed on the side you want!)

Each sheet of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper makes TWO Mini Paper Pals. Start by cutting the horizontal line that splits the paper in half.

Once you have cut the sheet in half, gently roll up each half sheet, being careful not to crease it. Then let it relax.

Next, carefully cut the dotted lines on both half sheets of paper.

Now carefully roll up the leg sections and tape them so they stay rolled.

Next, roll and tape the arm sections.

You may want to trim the arms to your preferred length at the end. Once you have rolled and taped the arms, roll and tape the body.

Once the body is rolled, fold the flap over to create the head, and trim the arms. You can also use a washable marker to give your Mini Paper Pal a face!

One sheet of paper will make two Mini Pals, or one full-sized Paper Pal. Explore all the different colors of Marble Paper and create a Paper Pals Family.

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