3-D Spring Art

Today we used Q-tips and twigs for a 3-D Spring craft — catkins (a.k.a. pussy willows) in a vase! These buds are one of the first signs of Spring. The one in our front yard has since bloomed, but this was a nice way to remember how the buds looked.

Have your child mix black and white washable paint with a Q-tip to make grey.
Paint the tips of several Q-tips with the grey paint and allow to dry. Parents, cut the tips off, and discard the cardboard stick.
Kids can glue twigs to a piece of cardstock paper, or cardboard. Parents, cut paper in the shape of a vase for your child to add.
The kids can glue the “buds” to the twigs, allow to dry, and you are done!


  1. Val in the Rose Garden says

    OMgoodness… what a great craft! I love how it looks too… reminds me of a pussy willow. Which are so much fun for kids!


  2. what an awesome idea, I love 3d art and texture painting this is a wonderful idea. We have tons of twigs around too nice way to use a few.

  3. Thank you! Emily’s project is hanging on our refrigerator now, and she is quite proud of it! Gathering those twigs kept her busy for awhile too. πŸ™‚

  4. Totally, totally love this idea.
    I am sooooooooooooooo doing it with my 2yo!

  5. Man, I love this project! Very cool! I’m a big lurker of your blog, but I wanted to at least tell you that I featured you on my blog spotlight series over at 4 hats and frugal. Thanks for all the great information you provide for us!

  6. sunnymama says

    These are so effective! I love this idea.

  7. @ Megan — I bet your 2 yr old will love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

    @ Amiyrah — That is so sweet, thank you so much! Your blog was one of the first ones I started following in Google. I was so surprised to find out that you read mine, and that you featured me on yours! πŸ™‚ That just made my day, thanks!

    @ sunnymama — I’m thinking we’ll be doing some other twig crafts sometime soon because Emily seems to love gathering them up. It keeps her busy too!

  8. This is adorable!

    I couldn't find an email for you,

    I'd love to feature it on our Craft Site, we're adding in a bunch of Nature & Garden Crafts at the moment


    We recreate the craft and send the credit you're way!

    here is an example


    Let me know if your interested!



  9. Hi Valerie, that would be great! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  10. Great ideas! Both were wonderful! Thanks so much!

  11. Sharinskishe says

    What a fun spring craft!! I sure wish I had pussy willows at my new home. I guess I should go and see if any survived the demolition of my birth property.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

  12. That is such a great picture, so very pretty.

    Thanks for sharing with Friday Showcase!!

  13. I love pussy willows…too bad they are not around here. The project is right on. My daughter would love it…paint, glue, and sticks – the trifecta πŸ™‚

  14. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    This is the one I picked for this week's link roundup. It's hard to limit my links to you! :>)

  15. K, @ Heart NOW Orange Juice! says

    wow that’s really inventive! What a great idea!

  16. (V.Kerr) School Time Adventures says

    Thanks for the great idea! We used your idea and then did worms digging underneath it. Thanks!

  17. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ V. Kerr — That's great! You're very welcome! πŸ™‚