We're hard at work on our Christmas craft / parent present right now in the classroom. We're making subway art coasters. We started out by creating subway art (with a Christmas theme) on a square piece of blank paper (full size blank paper, cut into a square). Students were free to add any words or pictures they wanted, but I did encourage them to use as much of the page as possible.
They then coloured in these squares using sharpies (or any other waterproof marker). Many students also chose to lightly colour the background with a pencil crayon.
We did 4 coats of mod podge altogether on the tops of the coasters - letting each coat completely dry before adding the next. We then gave them a spray with clear varnish (also purchased from the home improvement store), added some felt pieces to the underneath of the tile so they wouldn't scratch any surface they were put then, and then we wrapped them up for the kids to give as a gift. It's a great little gift, and the kids are so proud of them! I think they're doing a fantastic job - here are a few from my class:
Because the 4 coats of mod podge (and the drying of the mod podge) could be difficult to complete all at the same time with a class of 28, I set up a small 4 person table in the classroom we used as an art station over 2 days. We continued with our school day as usual, but when students were finished their work, if there was an available spot at the art station, students could slip back to the table to put a quick coat of mod podge on their tiles. It worked perfectly, all students finished over the 2 days with minimal interruptions to our regular school day and school work.
- 4" ceramic tiles (we used 4 per student)
- mod podge (we used 2 bottles for a class of 28)
- silver glitter (or any light color)
- clear varnish spray paint
- thin sharpie markers (or any waterproof, permanent marker)
- standard white paper
- access to a photocopier
- pencil and eraser
- felt squares (glued onto the back - one square for each corner, or one larger square to cover the whole tile)