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Tissue Box Bear Paws



Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Easy

Appropriate for:
Make Believe, Every Day and Rainy Day Activities

Supports Subject Area(s) of:Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour, plus drying time for glue and paint

Tissue Box Bear Paws
by Katie Hacker

Materials Needed:
Elmer’s® School Glue
2 empty tissue boxes
Brown paint: medium and dark
Black card stock
Elmer’s® Painters Marker® - white
Craft mat or newspapers to cover work surface

Depending on the size of the opening in your tissue box, you might want to remove the plastic lining and cut the opening to make it larger or add duct tape to make it smaller. You'll want to cover your work surface and your clothes before you start painting, too.

  1. Paint the boxes brown and let them dry. Apply a second coat.
  2. Wad up a tissue and use it to blot the other color of brown paint onto the boxes to make it look like fur.
  3. Cut two black strips of card stock that are the same width as the ends of the boxes.
  4. Cut triangle shapes out of the strips to make bear claws. Trim off the tips of the claws so they're square instead of pointed.
  5. Use a white paint pen to highlight the ends of the claws.
  6. Make a line of glue along the top front edge of each paw and press the claws onto the glue.

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