Doris of Library Arts makes fireflies with our Tie Dye Paper!

Firefly finished title

These cute fireflies are made with our R15263 Tie Dye Paper. Doris from Library Arts shows you how to put together these beauties, inspired by Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, “The Lonely Firefly.”

Doris posted this craft on the Library Arts website on May 21st, 2010 and can be viewed here.

The fireflies are made with tongue depressor sticks, craft paper and some paint. Doris shows you her step-by-step with accompanying instructions. The first step is easy to do; make a wash of deep blue across a paper canvas.

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You will need 3 tongue depressors per firefly. Cut out the wings from the R15263 Tie Dye Paper and glue onto the tongue depressors. Make the details with paint.

Check out the full instructions at the Library Arts website!

Firefly finished

How beautiful!!

Thanks to Doris for this lovely post!

Images and original post © Doris Benter.

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Craft Spotlight: Bunting Flags


Welcome to our first Craft Spotlight post! These posts will be published every Monday to showcase our favorite craft projects developed and manufactured domestically by Roylco! This week’s feature craft is R22046 Bunting Flags! 

Bunting Flags are cut from heavier paper and are great for painting on! Use regular tempera paint for coloring the flags. Welcome back your class with a fun decoration or get the entire class to work on one together!


We wrote the words “2013 Summer Art Camp” across our Bunting Flags during the Roylco Art Camp, and got some of our young crafters to paint all the letters of the alphabet.


Use the flags for making classroom decorations! Write one letter/number per Bunting Flag.


Some of our crafters even drew scenes and combined several colors together. This is a great way to explore new ways of displaying students’ artwork! All of your students’ art can be hung up along a single wall like a bunting flag line!


Show us your students’ artwork! Hang up your students’ painted Bunting Flag artwork and send us a photo of what it looks like in your classroom. We will publish a post on your work and show the rest of the arts and crafts education world! Send us an email to!

Rolly Scrolly Mix Up Art Game


This is a great icebreaker activity for your new classroom. Start out your day with giggles and fun! Draw a mixed-up character on sections of our R15406 Rolly Scrolly Paper, then unfold the entire thing to reveal a hilarious creation.

Age: 5+

Duration: 15 minutes

You’ll Need:

• R15406 Rolly Scrolly Paper

• Crayons

• Imagination!


This is a super easy activity for kids of all ages to try out! First, divide your class into groups of four. Students should each get one Rolly Scrolly to work on. Show your students how to fold the Rolly Scrolly into four equal sections. To do this, first fold the entire Rolly Scrolly in half. Fold the Rolly Scrolly once more in half.

You will need to rotate the Rolly Scrolly so that the fold line is at the bottom.

The Rolly Scrolly has four sections. Each of these sections will make up parts of a character. Draw your character’s face on the first section. Draw a pirate, a princess, a firefighter… anything!

When you are done drawing your character’s face, unfold the first section to the next blank section. Tuck the first section behind the second section. This part is MOST important: Pass your mystery Rolly Scrolly artwork to the person on your left. The person on your right should give you their hidden Rolly Scrolly artwork at the same time. Draw a fun shirt for the mystery character!

Repeat the previous step once you have finished drawing the shirt section. Fold this section of the Rolly Scrolly Paper underneath the previous section, then pass onto your left neighbor.

For the third section, draw pants, shorts, skirt, or a Superhero’s underwear!

For the fourth and final section, draw legs and feet. Give your character sneakers, high heels or rain boots. Have fun experimenting!


By this time, your Mix Up Rolly Scrolly character should make its way back again to you. When you receive it, unfold the sheet completely to reveal your hilarious character! P.S. Give your character a name once you’re finished drawing him/her!

Check out the video below for more details.


Try out this activity and show us what hilarious characters you and your students come up with! Send your photos to!!