Hang Up a Buffalo Hide

Hang Up a Buffalo Hide craft

Step into history and create a beautiful replica of a buffalo robe, worn by the Cheyenne on the North American plains.

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    Find out about the buffalo (bison) who lived on the plains of North America. This is the land that is now the United States and Canada. Look for pictures of how the Cheyenne used buffalo hides to make beautiful robes. How else did they use these immense animals? This replica of a buffalo robe, displayed in an outdoor diorama, looks amazingly realistic.

  • 2.

    Cover your art area with newspaper. Paint the inside of a large recycled box in sky colors using Crayola® Washable Kid's Paint and a Paint Brush. Dry.

  • 3.

    On a paper plate, swirl paint colors for trees and grass. Dab a sponge into the mixture. Press it on the painted box to resemble trees. Add trunks of trees with a brush. Dry.

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    Crumple up and soak a brown paper bag in water. Wring it out. Dry.

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    Lightly outline a buffalo hide on the paper bag with Crayola Colored Pencils. Tear out the hide around your outline. Draw an authentic Cheyenne box-and-border design on the hide.

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    With an adult, search for two sticks outdoors. Look for sticks that are as long as your box. Attach sticks to both sides of the box with Crayola School Glue. Dry.

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    Glue the robe to the sticks. Dry.