Hands On Crafts for Kids
Book Order
Helping Kids Philosophy Teachers

by Cheryl Ball


Tapa making is a laborious native craft and is actually the same as Bark cloth. It is made from the inner bark of the mulberry tree. For this project we concentrated on the design and colors rather than the material.


You will need:

  • Reed mat
  • Acrylic paint - light green, dark blue,
    turquoise, light blue
  • Foam stamps - leaf, border
  • Stencil sponges
  • 1” Foam brush
  • Optional: compressed sponge


1. Using a dry sponge brush, paint a 1” border with light blue paint at the ends of the reed mat.
2. Squeeze light green, and turquoise paint on a plate. Place the border stamp on the work surface with the design facing up. Tap the flat end of a stencil sponge into light green paint and tap off excess on plate. Pounce this color onto one half of the stamp adding more paint on the sponge for an even application on the stamp. Working quickly sponge light blue paint on remainder of stamp, blending the paint where the colors meet in the center. Position the stamp about an inch from the edge of the mat and press. Use an even pressure on the entire back of the stamp to insure an even stamping.
3. Continue around the edges of the mat adding paint for each stamping. For a variation, turn the stamp around alternating the green section then the blue next to the edge of the mat.
4. For the leaves in the center of the mat, sponge dark blue on the leaf stamp. Randomly stamp the pattern on the mat, applying more paint to the stamp for each stamping and rotating the stamp for variation.

Option: Cut out leaf and border patterns. Trace onto compressed sponge. Cut out and soak in water. Wring out thoroughly and apply paint as in steps 2 through 4 above.

Delta Ceramcoat® Acrylic Paint, Rubber Stampede® Decorative Foam Stamps, Stencil Sponges

Home | Television | Projects | Book Order | Helping Kids | Teachers | Philosophy
E-mail questions about Hands On Crafts for Kids to info@craftsforkids.com
© Copyright 2004 Katherine Stull, Inc.