I discovered this paper craft on Pinterest; it is originally from the Fiskars website. It looked simple and fun, so I gathered the supplies. I did this craft with my nieces and nephews; there were five children, ages 5 – 13 years old. This craft can take 15 – 45 minutes to make, depending upon the level of prep work done by the adult prior to the craft and the time taken by the children to create embellishments.
You will need:
- Hole Punch
- Construction Paper
- Permanent Marker
- Bowls, 2 Sizes – a round tupperware and small individual applesauce containers work well
- Oval Bowl, Half the Size of the Largest Bowl
- Begin by asking the children to choose three different colors of construction paper.The older children can assist by ripping paper out carefully, if paper is held together in book.
- Using the largest bowl, trace one circle on the paper of the child’s choice and then have it cut out. I preferred that the darkest color be used for this; it will be the face of the monkey. Set it aside.
- Using the smaller bowl/cup, trace two circles; cut these out. These should be on lighter colored or contrasting paper to that of the face background. These will be the ears. Set aside.
- Using the oval bowl, trace on the same color paper as that of step #3. This will be the mouth area of the monkey. Set aside.
- Take a piece of rectangle paper in the same color as the mouth and ears no longer than the height of the circle used for the monkey’s face, and no wider than half its width. Fold this paper in half. Cut a heart out of this paper; open the paper. If you are unhappy with the heart shape, fold again and continue cutting until satisfied. This is the eye area of the monkey face.
- Gently mark where the eyes will go on the heart shaped paper with a pencil. I recommend placing them about a half inch from the edge of the heart and evenly spaced about a quarter inch on each side of the crease. Use the hole punch to create the eyes.
- Take the third piece of paper. This will be where the monkey face is glued. Decide whether the paper will be in portrait or landscape mode for the artwork.
- Place glue on the back of the largest circle created in step #2.
- Using the smaller circles created in step #3, place them on the gluey surface of the first circle so that at least half of the smaller circle over hangs the edges of the largest circle. The smaller circles should be symmetrically placed on opposite sides of the large circle. Add a little more glue to the backs of the smaller circles. Turn the entire collection of circles over and press the gluey side to the third sheet of paper.
- Place glue on the back of the heart. Turn it over and press the gluey side to the center of the large circle.
- Place glue on the back of the oval. Turn it over and place it over the bottom portion of the heart and large circle. Press it down securely. Some of this oval can hang over the sides of the large circle.
- Using the permanent marker, draw a half circle on the oval shape. Then draw two slanting lines in a “V” shape that don’t connect at the bottom of the “V” above the half circle mouth line.
- Add quote, message, or embellishments to the page. You are now done!