Upcycling my Brisbane kids art

dragon wall art

Guest Post By Brisbane Mum Renate

My 2-year-old Brisbane kid Ellen loves to paint. As a matter of fact we had another painting session this morning. Master pieces are delivered in 5 minutes one after the other. Now as her mother I love the art she makes, but there is only so much space on the walls. The grandparents love her work as well, but you can’t expect them to plaster their walls with it, besides they have other grandchildren that are talented. And with the rate she is turning out original art work I really have to come up with some ways to “upcycle” her paintings as I don’t want to send them all to landfill. With this in the back of my mind I often let her paint on cardboard.

Here are some of the things I have done:

Cards/Gift cards

  • Die cut cards or card paper
  • Paintings
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wool

Cut up one of the paintings and place it behind the die cut card. Or cut out a silhouette of an animal or object to glue on top of the card. You can put a smaller insert in the card that you tie in with a piece of wool.

seahorse cards

Embroider Toy

  • Painted cardboard
  • Hole punch
  • Shoelaces
  • Scissors

Cut simple shapes out of the painted cardboard. With a hole punch cut holes around the edge of the shape.

embroider toy

Finger puppet theatre

  • Painted cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Piece of fabric
  • Some glue or sticky tape

Take the rectangular shaped piece of cardboard and devide in 3 sections. Middle section big and 2 smeller section. Decide how big you want the theatre opening to be and cut it out with the craft knife. Cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the opening and glue the top at the back of the theatre. Score the lines between the middle and the end pieces of the cardboard so that you can fold them back. Ellen and I use origami finger puppets on ice-lolly-sticks to make theatre. make your own finger puppets

Cut out wall art.

  • Painting
  • Art board
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Picture frame

If you have a bit more time on your hands you can cut out a nice image out of art board. I made a dragon, as my youngest is born in 2012, the year of the dragon and I really liked the image. Put a colorful painting behind the cut out image and frame it.

dragon wall art

Renate has a blog you must check out at http://2craftand2create.wordpress.com/

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