Though northern California is constantly one of the innovators of recycling and green living, there are still plenty of shoppers who don't bring their own reusable bags with them when picking up a few items at the grocery store. With counties and cities outlawing single-use plastic bags, that means paper bags are being used to bring home the ingredients for that special meal or snack items. There are lots of ways people reuse and recycle those brown grocery bags once the contents have been stored away, but perhaps some of the most creative uses this consumer has seen are contained a book titled "What Can You Do with a Paper Bag?: Hats, Wigs, Masks, Crowns, Helmets and Headdresses Inspired by Works of Art from The Metropolitan Museum of Art."
Perfect for the educator, the hands-on parent and any other person who likes to get super creative with their craft projects, the book is filled with instructions for turning plain paper bags into everything from as simple as the Blue-Ribbon Bonnet inspired by a straw bonnet that was once owned by Laddie Northridge to the complex Japanese Beauty's Wig inspired by "Courtesan Holding a Fan," Kitagawa Utamaro. Full-color pictures show both the inspiration for the creation, what the finished product looks like and step-by-step instructions that are clearly written. A bit of history about each piece of art that inspired the paper bag creations is given and there are also a few templates of the more elaborate pieces. The book turns craft time into a true creative experience.
This is a book that could easily become a part of a history teacher's resources, no matter what the age of the students. It is also appropriate for bringing the world of art through the centuries to a level that younger students can relate to and the projects could make a rainy day spent at home a lot more interesting and educational. Turn off the TV and get to work creating and learning!
There are a total of twenty-one projects in this craft book and various time periods and cultures are featured. Instructions for Egyptian headdresses for pharaohs, George Washington's powdered wig, a Greek goddess hairstyle and a 1920s cloche hat are just a few of the options. The book also gives suggestions for coming up with other hats, wigs and crowns not included within its pages. This is definitely a must-have for anyone interested in reusing paper bags in unique ways and those whose focus is on education.
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