Sparkly painted pine cones.
This project was pure chaos with 18 6th graders, I'll admit, and they used up lots of paint and almost all the glitter glue. That's 6th graders! That was our craft before Thanksgiving.
This next project we did this past week. I wanted to teach some interested students (about 8 of them) how to do a wax resist. Basically, wax resist is applying wax to paper before painting, so the paint soaks in everywhere except where the wax is, leaving it white. I tried using waxed paper (no luck), and crayons (no luck) to get the wax on the paper. What worked best was a candle, for goodness sakes!
This is generally what I was hoping to accomplish with the students: wax underneath, star stickers applied, paint wash, sprinkling of salt, remove stars, a little glitter glue. I wrote "starry" with the candle first.