Tropical Paper Paintings

Tropical Paper Paintings craft

Wear a colorful shirt and listen to Hawaiian music to set the mood. As you make this replica tapa cloth, you'll feel like you're playing on these lush, tropical islands!

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    In Hawaii, bark cloth has been used for hundreds of years. It is called tapa cloth and is decorated with animals, scenes from nature, or bold geometric designs.

  • 2.

    To make your own version of Hawaiian bark art, cut a brown paper bag into pieces with Crayola® Scissors. Soak the bark-cloth shapes in water and then wring them out. Flatten and dry by sandwiching them between newspaper under a heavy object.

  • 3.

    Using Crayola Classic Fine Line Markers, create designs on your bark cloth. Use authentic tropical patterns found in nature and in Hawaiian art.

  • 4.

    Finish your design by coloring it with Crayola Washable Watercolors. Dry.