Traditional Art from the New England States
Weathervanes are traditionally made of wood or metal and mounted on a post high on top of a building. They are flat so they can spin in the wind and show which way the wind is blowing...which helps tell people what kind of weather to expect.
To make a stand for your weathervane, mix up about 2 cups of plaster of paris (follow the directions on the box it comes in) and pour the creamy plaster into a small milk carton. Stand the stick in the plaster and support it for a few minutes while the plaster gets hard. About an hour later, you can peel away the paper milk carton. The plaster can also be painted to match your weathervane...but wait a couple days for the plaster to dry completely. Show off your weathervane on a bookshelf or table in your house.
For lots more nifty folk art projects, see the book American Folk Art for Kids in the KidsArt On-Line Catalog.
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