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Simple Tie-Dye Monster Craft

A craft inspired by the book Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudson

Have you ever read the book Marilyn’s Monster? Its a cute little book about a little girl who is trying to find her monster. Throughout the town, everyone has a monster. Monsters can be your helper, and they can be your friend! Marilyn watches as her classmates each receive their monster at random times in the most random places. Soon, everyone has a monster friend, except Marilyn. Marilyn decides to go looking for her monster . . . will she find him?

Take this story a step further and create your own little monsters with a few household supplies!

You will need:

  1. 2 round coffee filters
  2. Markers
  3. Googly eyes (optional)
  4. 4 two inch strips of construction paper
  5. Parchment paper (optional)
  6. Glue
  7. Scissors
  8. Spray bottle with water
  9. Blow dryer

Lay out parchment paper.

I found that it is best to work over a piece of parchment paper to avoid a big, soggy mess by the end.

Place both coffee filters together and lay out flat on parchment.

It is best to keep the coffee filters together because by coloring on one filter, the marker will bleed into the other, and they will come out looking the same. It is also easier to color them in the next step, without them tearing easily.

Scribble on the coffee filters with markers.

To get a true tie-dye effect, use more than one color on your filter. Also, be sure to scribble the color onto the filter. This will allow colors to bleed together more thoroughly.

Spray the colored the coffee filters.

In order for the color to bleed into the second filter, leave the two filters stuck together during this spraying process. Watch the marker as you spray. You want the filter to be wet enough that the marker can blend well with the other colors and create a tie-dye look, but you don’t want it too wet. This will would cause the filters to take twice as long to dry, even with a blow dryer.

Let the wet filters sit for a moment while the colors bleed together.

Give the filters a moment to sit in the water. If you dry too quickly, before the marker has time to blend, then you will not get the desired tie-dye effect.

Use a blow dryer to dry the filters quickly.

Hold the blow dryer straight down, near the surface of the filter, before you turn on the blow dryer. Use the warm, low setting to dry. If your blow dryer is turned on too high or tilted, it could catch the edge of the filter and send it flying, creating a mess.

Glue the two filters together.

Now, separate the two filters. On one filter, fill in the middle circle with glue, and glue the two filters back together. You do not want to glue the edges of the filter together because of the next step.

Cut 2 in. slits around the edges of the filter.

This will create a fringe around your monster to resemble fur.

Glue on googly eyes and draw a mouth.

The googly eyes are cute, but optional. You can certainly just draw eyes and a mouth onto your monster. I recommend using markers rather than crayons or colored pencils. Markers, when used gently, will not tear the coffee filter, but the color will be strong enough to show up against the tie-dye.

Fold each strip of construction paper.

Take each strip of paper and fold it back and forth. This will give each arm and leg a fun crinkled effect.

Glue the edge of each construction paper strip to the back of the filter.

Flip your monster over. Glue one edge of each strip of paper to the back of the filter. The strips should be glued to the middle left and right side and the lower left and right side. When flipped over, your monster should look like he has funny little arms and legs.

Congratulations! You have a little monster friend!

Your cute monster friend!

Happy reading and crafting!

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