How to Make A Matisse Kid-Made Ornament

Henri’s Scissors: How to Make A Matisse Ornament

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Today, I’m revisiting one of my favorite artists, Henri Matisse. His simple and colorful paper cut-outs always make me feel cheery and happy. With the holidays fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to show you how to make a Matisse kid-made ornament in 4 simple steps.

 

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I’ve partnered with Mama Miss and other amazing bloggers featuring 10 Days of a Kid-Made Christmas Ornaments Inspired by Books. This year, I’ve picked Henri’s Scissors, by Jeanette Winter. Though it’s not a holiday book, it’s the perfect children’s book to introduce your child to Henri Matisse and his paper cut-outs. 

Henri’s Scissors

Henri’s Scissors is a creative picture book written for children ages 5-8 year-old. Jeanette Winter captures Matisse’s spirit with his own quotes, colorful images, and simple narrative. 

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In this story, Matisse suffers an illness which leaves him bedridden. Nonetheless, his imagination has no bounds. With his scissors, he cuts large free-form shapes from his bed. During this period, he creates some of his greatest masterpieces. 

How to Make A Matisse Kid-Made Ornament

 Matisse’s paper cut-outs are unique free-form shapes. What’s a free-form shape? Well, it’s a shape you create from your imagination. A free-form shape is also called an organic shape (shapes found in nature). Matisse’s shapes have rounded edges, so he rarely uses triangles, squares, or rectangles. 

Supplies

Step 1

Trace the wooden ornament onto a piece of construction paper  (color of your choice) and cut it slightly shorter all around. (This will be your base color).

Step 2

Use Mod-Podge and a foam brush to glue down base colored paper onto ornament. Trim any paper edges that hang over.

Step 3

With scissors, cut various free-form shapes. (Look here for ideas). Arrange them on your ornament before you glue them down. Have fun and play around with the composition. Next, glue down the shapes.

Step 4

Let dry and hang on your Christmas Tree or your mantle.

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And that’s it! This is a super easy art craft for families to make together. 

Are you looking for more book-themed kid-made ornaments?

 

 


 

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Today’s post is part of 10 Days of Christmas Kid-Made Ornaments Inspired by Books. Make sure to check out five more kid-made ornament ideas to inspire your creativity.

 

My Storytime Corner- Star Ornament, inspired by Star Bright

Rhythms of Play- Walnut Shell Manger, inspired by Room for a Little One

Living Life and Learning- Peppa Face, inspired by Peppa Pig

Miss Mae’s Day- Cinnamon Stick Ribbon Christmas Tree, inspired by A Merry Little Christmas Tree

 

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Marina Gallovitch
flashbugsstudio@gmail.com

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