Each Quik-Sculpting Kit comes with 2 4 inch wide rolls of Rigid Wrap plaster cloth, 8 oz of CelluClay instant paper mache, instructions for 12 projects, and access to the free ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS ebook with even more project ideas!
How We Used The Quick-Sculpting Kit
We started by looking through the ebook and project instructions. Monkey and Booger weren’t too excited about any of the projects (although I thought the spider project in the ebook looked pretty cool – I might try to make one for Halloween!).
My next thought was to use the Rigid Wrap to make molds/masks of the boys faces. When I was in elementary school, we used a similar product to make molds of our faces and I remember it being really fun. It would have worked (and I found that the Rigid Wrap packaging actually had the instructions to do it), but Monkey couldn’t sit still long enough to get his face covered and have the Rigid Wrap dry. This particular project would probably be better suited for an older child. Thinking back, I was in Fifth or Sixth Grade when I did it.
Then we had a playdate with some new friends. Our new friend brought some “totally super cool” (Monkey’s words, not mine) wands that were made out of paper and hot glue. The boys had a blast playing with them and imagining different powers for each wand. But, because they were made of paper, they eventually bent and started to fall apart.
Then the idea came to me – what if we covered the paper wands with Rigid Wrap?
Magic Wand Kids Crafts
Here’s what we did!
- Make basic paper wands. You can google instructions for how to do this, but basically, just roll up a sheet of paper. We made a few wands out of different types of paper to see which would work best. We tried card stock, construction paper, and regular printer paper.
- Coat the wands in Mod Podge. This step may not be necessary, but I thought it would help protect the paper form from getting too soggy when we wrapped it in wet rigid wrap.
- When Mod Podge is dry, wrap wand in Rigid Wrap. I cut strips of Rigid Wrap about 6 inches long. I then cut it in half length wise, so the strips were about 2″ by 6″. All you need to do is dip the strip quickly into water and then wrap it around the wand. I cut a few squares to reinforce the tip and end of the wand as well.
- Let Rigid Wrap dry. The instructions say to let it dry until it no longer feels “cold.” For us, the The rigid Wrap felt firm and dry to the touch within 20 minutes, but took 48 hours to lose the “cold” feeling, especially in the handles where we had built them up thicker.
- Paint and decorate as desired!
Booger decided he wanted a water wand, so we painted his in various shades of blue and added a blue glitter paint. When Monkey was wrapping his wand, the tip started to look like a flame, so we went with that idea and made his a fire wand. The last wand we decided to make a plant wand. We are so happy with how they turned out!
The boys have been playing with them non-stop for about a week and so far they are holding up great! In the end, the type of paper used doesn’t seem to have made a difference, so when we make more I will just use regular printer paper since it was the easiest to roll into the shape we wanted (the construction paper was the hardest).
The boys had SO much fun using Rigid Wrap! They have already planned out a few more wand variations and want to try different materials to go on the inside. Our projects had just enough building and mess to keep them satisfied, but not so much mess that I was secretly freaking out about it. The Quik-Scuplt kit had more than enough materials to complete our projects, even with the wasted materials from our failed mask attempt.
We haven’t tried the CelluClay yet, but I found a suggestion to turn the CelluClay into a sheet and use it for cave paintings that I think the boys will enjoy. You can check out more tips and tricks for using the different materials on the ACTÍVA website.
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