“Happiness is inside all of us. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it”.
When I heard this quote during the movie, Trolls, I just had to smile because it couldn’t be more true. As adults, it is so easy to get caught up in day to day commotion and routines. Between cell phones, work, bills, making dinner, keeping the little ones alive, etc., it can be easy to forget how to just BE happy. Looking back on my childhood some of my best memories involve making crafts and projects with loved ones and the time we spent together. So, I decided to pause from what “needed” to get done and focus on spending time with my daughter to make a special craft.
Chances are if you have a child, niece, or nephew under 10 then you have probably seen the movie Trolls. My daughter saw it once and within hours she was a troll-loving, Poppy worshiping, glitter obsessed, hugging machine. In her eyes, Poppy can do no wrong. To be totally honest, I am a little jealous this character didn’t exist when I was younger. I mean she scrapbooks, throws glitter, and is always happy. Plus the movie itself actually uses songs that are throw-back hits with a few catchy new tunes mixed in which is a win-win for everyone. Since she loves everything with a troll on it, we made a Troll painting activity. When I announced what we were making, her eyes lit up and I had her FULL attention for almost two hours. We made so many trolls, it was insane but it made her happy which made me happy as well. Taking a break from every day was the best decision I made. We laughed, sang to the trolls soundtrack, and created memories I for one will hold onto forever.
If you are looking for a craft this weekend, this is the project for you. Minimal supplies are necessary and creativity-wise the options are endless. Grab your glitter and glue and let the trolls get the best of you!
Construction Paper, Scissors, Glue (or hot glue), paint (or makers), paint brush, glitter, craft eyeballs, paper plate, and pencils
- Pick a piece of paper.
- Pour desired paint color onto paper plate.
- Dip child’s hand into paint. Make sure the palm and all fingers have paint on them.
- Place hand (that has paint on it) onto construction paper.
- Using a brush, turn the thumb into an “ear” by making it a bit wider. Then use the paint to draw another ear on the opposite side.
- Repeat as necessary, depending how many trolls you would like to make.
- Pick a headband color if painting Poppy and paint the thin strip for the headband.
- After paint has dried, pick the paint color you would like to use for the hair. Use a paint brush to create the hair line. I did this by making the widest part of the hair on the pointer and pinky fingers then extended it straight up for Branch. For Poppy her hair got skinnier as it got taller. **see picture**
- Fill in hair with paint brush.
- Dip the top of a pencil eraser in the paint color that you used for the hair. Apply in center of face for the nose. We did this twice, allowing the two to touch. -OR- you can use child’s pinky finger and achieve the same look.
- Paint flowers on headband.
- Glue down two eyeballs OR draw them with a marker.
- Since we made Poppy, give that girl some glitter on her cheeks by putting glue on her cheeks and sprinkling the glitter on top.
- Allow to dry.
**If you choose to use markers/crayons, trace hand then color in palm/fingers. Draw headband, hair and eyes and color in.***