Garbage Art… Exploring Mixed Media

garbage art it's all about the process
garbage art, it’s all about the process

One mans trash is a little girls treasure. One day while were shopping Sophia found some garbage on the store floor and managed to talk me into bringing it home. She convinced me that she was going to create art with it. It took a lot of convincing on her part because seriously what mom really wants their child picking up garbage that she finds and sticking it in your pocket. But I agreed and I checked the things over she wanted to grab before she grabbed things off the floor.

garbage art can be serious
garbage art can be serious

That first day she came home with a ribbon, rubber band, a piece of a fake flower and a part of a zipper.

garbage art can be messy
garbage art can be messy

She asked for glue and markers and she was off creating garbage art πŸ™‚

garbage art can be fun
garbage art can be fun
mixed media garbage art (Ribbon, flower, rubber band and zipper)
mixed media garbage art
(Ribbon, flower, rubber band and zipper)

Since then she has been collecting all kinds of things to make pictures with: rocks, dead plants, sand, sequins, sticks, wire fencing, etc.

mixed media garbage art. (wire fence, ice cream container lid)
mixed media garbage art. (wire fence, ice cream container lid)
mixed media garbage art (stick, dried flowers)
mixed media garbage art
(stick, dried flowers)
mixed media garbage art (rope, rocks, a Christmas card)
mixed media garbage art (rope, rocks, a Christmas card)

Creating this type of art work is all about the process and I’ve been happy to have her to explore different textures and things. She even insisted on gluing sprinkles on one of her pictures she made for one of her friends at school πŸ™‚

I just don’t know how to physically keep and store any of these creations πŸ˜‰ Good thing I can take pictures and save them digitally at least.

 

Stamping fun with a toddler, making cards

Excited to stamp!
Excited to stamp!

I’ve been wanting to do a stamping project with Sophia for a while but I didn’t have many stamps and I know they can get expensive fast. However, yesterday I scored a ton of stamps off of a garage sale app for only $10 for it all.

I scored all these stamps from a garage sale app for only $10
I scored all these stamps from a garage sale app for only $10

Luckily I had bought an ink pad at my last outing to Hobby Lobby, so we got right into to stamping first thing this morning.

What you will need:

  • White card stock
  • Stamps of your liking
  • Ink pad(s)
  • Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
What you will need
What you will need

I picked out several stamps I thought Sophia would like to stamp with. I found a pink ink pad that had come in an art kit Sophia had received as a Christmas present. The purple on is the new one I got on sale. We folded the card stock in half.

The pink ink pad is a bit dried out so it wasn't really working
The pink ink pad is a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working

TIP: Test the ink pads before hand. I should have tested pink one but we found out it was a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working well.

Testing out the purple ink
Testing out the purple ink

It took her a little bit to get the hang of the process. She wanted to just keep stamping with out grabbing more ink on it in between.

Pushing the stamp down with all her might
Pushing the stamp down with all her might

I told her to push the stamp all the way down since she was only pushing half the stamp, so then she pushed on it with all her might πŸ™‚

Sophia got ink on her finger and she said "I'm sooo pretty" I think she likes the ink color :)
Sophia got ink on her finger and she said “I’m sooo pretty” I think she likes the ink color πŸ™‚

TIP: Have the wet wipes with in easy reach for wiping off ink from little fingers πŸ™‚

Making butterflies
Making butterflies

After the first card was all stamped up, Sophia wanted to make another one.

Fronts of the two cards Sophia made
Fronts of the two cards Sophia made

Finished cards πŸ™‚

Insides of the cards
Insides of the cards

This is a great activity for exploring new vocabulary, a new multi-step process, listening skills and learning to follow instructions.

Depending on the stamps you use, these can be modified for any occasion or holiday. Very quick easy fun to make.

Dinosaur matching game FREE (3 part Montessori cards)

I discovered this free print out for a dinosaur matching game, 3 part Montessori cards.

Matching the names
Matching the names

I personally love dinosaurs and was fascinated by them growing up. I wanted to introduce more dinosaurs to my daughter and this was perfect.

Fun new matching game!
Fun new matching game!

Sophia loves to do matching games and this has different options on what to match, which I love and so did she when I introduced this game to her this morning.

All I did was made a free log in for the website Teachers Pay Teachers, link for it here. Then after you log in you can print out the free ones or purchase ones if you wish. They have Spanish card sets as well for free.

I printed them, cut them out and “laminated” them in contact paper.

Matching the names
Matching the names

After a few times of playing by looking for a matching picture Sophia wanted me to ask her to find them by name only, and she would find the two matching pictures. She got most of them right with out me showing which dinosaur I called out.

She loved this game so much that I already have printed out a marsupial and a vegetable set also. I just need to cut and laminate them as well. There is a free template for the three part Montessori cards so you can make your own too if you wish.

Liquid watercolor doilies

Red hearts ready to dry
Red hearts ready to dry

I received liquid watercolors for Christmas and have had this project in mind ever since. I’m so glad we finally got to try them out and it was an instant hit πŸ™‚

Finished hearts
Finished hearts

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes
  • Doilies of your liking
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven (not necessary)

I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.

materials
Materials

Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.

I chose to use red liquid watercolor for our first batch. In one cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in. The second cup I poured undiluted watercolor in (as you can see above, in a lot smaller quantity).

Too excited to start
Too excited to start

Separate the doilies so you only have one in each spot. Our pan fit six nicely.

Got the doilies separated
Got the doilies separated

I let her have one of the paint cups at a time. It fits nicely on the baking sheet to help keep mess down. I had her do the diluted one first since it is easier for her to get the paint in the pipette by herself.

So exciting to squirt paint :)
So exciting to squirt paint πŸ™‚
Mid squirt
Mid squirt

After she got done with the diluted version of paint I let her have the undiluted cup. With that she asked me to help her a few times to fill it up.

Red hearts ready to dry
Red hearts ready to dry

It’s ok if the hearts have white spots on them. There is plenty of paint underneath the doilies that will soak up in to them.

Admiring her hearts
Admiring her hearts
Blue hearts
Blue hearts

We repeated the process with the blue liquid watercolor.

Already a pro
Already a pro
Mid squirt
Mid squirt
Blue hearts ready to dry
Blue hearts ready to dry

You can see the darker blue spots in the picture above (the undiluted paint)

Ready to dry
Ready to dry

After sitting out for a while you can see the doilies absorbed the paint underneath them.

I placed the hearts to dry in the oven
I placed the hearts to dry in the oven

I placed the hearts in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the doilies. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the doilies off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

Finished hearts
Finished hearts

You will notice the color variations on all the hearts. I love how they turned out πŸ™‚

TIP: After you are done and cleaning up you can put your undiluted paints back in the original container. I saved the 2Β  diluted paints in the spill proof containers to use in later projects.

Coloring Page Stained Glass Valentine (easy with contact paper)

This is a great project for boys and girls. This can be done with any free coloring pages you find to your liking online. I found some cute teddy bears, Pooh characters, even a super cute Ninjago one (link here). Just Google for free Valentine coloring pages.

Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine
Hello Kitty Stained Glass Valentine

What you will need:

  • Printer and computer/tablet/or smart phone and a sheet of printer paper
  • Find a free coloring page online you like and print it out
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)

TIP: You don’t need a heart paper punch. Other shapes will work as well and you can even forgo it completely and just tear pieces of tissue paper for a more rustic look.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch

TIP: You could have your little one color the picture too

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart on your coloring page. Also cut two pieces of the contact paper large enough to cover that area.

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout
Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout

Place one piece of contact paper over the front side of the picture over the heart cutout. Place face down on table.

Excited to craft
Excited to craft

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

Almost done
Almost done
Admiring hanAdmiring her handy-work dy-work
Admiring her handy-work

Note: the left edge has some overhang from the contact paper. Trim off any overhanging contact paper.

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper
Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper

Place the other sheet of contact paper over the tissue paper. Start on one edge, line it up as close as you can. Then pull back the rest of the backing paper and set it down like in the picture above.

She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
She loves her Hello Kitty Sun Catcher Valentine!
What it looks like against a window
What it looks like against a window

 

Love Bugs 3 versions trials and tribulations

You may have seen these cute critters on Pinterest. We made 3 different versions since we kept having glue issues. I’ll show you what we all did. With pro’s and cons as they appeared.

Toddler approved
Toddler approved

1. First we tried to make them with Elmers glue as a post on Pinterest had suggested. I found it very flimsy and not toddler friendly as I had to hold the pieces on for a long time and the pom poms sucked in all the glue I put on. However this is a great version for older kids with patience and enough skills to do this on their own.

Things for the Elmers glue version
Things for the Elmers glue version

What you will need:

Put glue on the clothes pin
Put glue on the clothes pin
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
We wanted our Love Bug to have legs so we cut a pipe cleaner in 3 and folded little feet at the ends
Placing pom poms
Placing pom poms
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn't fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely
As you can see the 4 pom poms didn’t fit all that great and were having trouble drying nicely

2. The second Love Bug we tried Removable Clear Mounting Squares instead of the Elmers glue. This version is great for toddlers as a sensory and exploratory experience, as there is no messy glue to work with. However, the end product is not stable to hang up and the mounting squares don’t grip very strongly. So we ended taking it apart and using the pieces in the final version.

What you will need:

  • Elmers Glue
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Removable clear mounting squares trial
Sticking on the legs
Sticking on the legs
Great art material  exploring experience
Great art material exploring experience
Toddler approved
Toddler approved
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares
Love Bug with removable clear mounting squares

3. The final and most successful version, we used hot glue. As I mentioned we used the pieces from the second version so the googlie eyes are already attached. This method will give you the most durable end result. Not as toddler friendly unless they know how to use a glue gun. Sophia is good about listening to instructions so I don’t have problems with her putting pieces on to the hot glue dabs I place. Plus I’m like a hawk with 100% attention on what she does when we are working together. I think in a few months (if I can find a suitable glue gun) I’ll let her practice holding it.

What you will need:

  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • Clothes pin
  • Googlie eyes
  • Deco Tubing ribbon for the legs
  • Red and pink pom-poms
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting feet from)

Plug in your glue gun and let it heat up before starting.

Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
Hot glue version we added little feet on to the ribbon
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
I hot glued the feet on to the ribbon before hand
Love Bug hot glued
Love Bug hot glued

Since we were working with a hot glue gun I didn’t get any action shots. But I would put a dab of glue and Sophia would stick either a leg or pom pom into it, as she wanted.

Stained Glass Heart (made easy with contact paper)

I kept seeing cute stained glass hearts on Pinterest but didn’t find the one I had in mind, so I made up my own version.

Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart

What you will need:

  • 1 sheet of construction paper (I picked red)
  • Clear Shelf liner (Contact paper)
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper in at least 2 different colors
  • Heart paper punch (size about 1 inch)
  • Pencil
Materials I used
Materials I used (pencil not pictured)
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half
Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half

Start with a sheet of the construction paper and fold it in half.

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking
Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking

Sketch a half of a heart on there to your liking, the folded edge of the paper is next to the pencil.

Cut out the heart
Cut out the heart

Cut out the heart.

Then cut out the center of the heart
Then cut out the center of the heart

Then cut out the center of the heart, leave about 3/4 inch wide edge for your frame. I free handed the cutting but if you want you can sketch it on before cutting.

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out
Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out

Place your heart frame on the contact paper to measure it out. I cut out a rectangular piece of the paper off the roll.

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper
Trace the shape of the heart on the paper

Trace the shape of the heart on the paper.

TIP: If you are doing the project right away you can just remove the backing off the contact paper, place the heart frame on there and then trim around it.

Make sure they line up
Make sure they line up

I was setting up the project ahead of time so I didn’t place the contact paper on the frame at this point.

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the punch makes multiples with each punch
Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch

Fold the tissue paper over several times so the paper punch makes multiples with each punch. This one I folded so it punched 4 hearts out each time.

I punched one row and had enough of one color
I punched one row and had enough of one color

I punched one row and had enough of one color. The second color I did I folded it so it punched out 8 hearts at a single punch.

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft
Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft

Sophia just came in from playing in the snow and was ready to craft. I placed the contact paper on the frame and let her place the hearts where ever she desired.

It's ok if the pieces aren't perfectly placed
It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed

It’s ok if the pieces aren’t perfectly placed. Some of the ones she put on were crumpled and folded up and that’s ok.

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit
I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit

I kept reminding her to flatten the papers out a bit.

Concentrating
Concentrating
Finishing up
Finishing up
She was excited to put it on the window lol
She was excited to put it on the window lol
I didn't use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold
I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold

I didn’t use tape to hang it since there was just enough little areas left uncovered of the contact paper for it to hold.

Sun shining through
Sun shining through
Admiring her work
Admiring her work
Finished Stained Glass Heart
Finished Stained Glass Heart

New Years Give Away!!

Go check out our Facebook New Years give away! I’m giving away two prizes:Β Love Owl craft kit and a Mystery Craft kit (you will need to supply your own glue). Go check out the Facebook post about it for your chance to win one or both prizes!

Drawing Closed!

2 winners have been drawn πŸ˜€

Love hand-print painting <3

This is my favorite art project from 2014 we did. (I only have this one picture of it.) We did this as a family project since Sophia was only about a year and a half old at the time. So having an extra person helping definitely keeps the mess contained better.

Love hand print painting!
Love hand print painting!

What you will need:

  • Acrylic paint
  • Water color paper
  • Paint brushes
  • Painters tape
  • Razor knife
  • A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)

Tape the word you want on to the paper. Trim it with the razor knife to your liking. Paint your little one’s hand and have them place it over the paper. Repeat in as many colors as you like.

TIP: You want to make sure all the edges of the tape have some paint or it wont show up. (You can see the top corner of the L disappear).

Love Owls!

Valentines Day fun project to make for whoo you love πŸ˜‰

The Love Owls would be great on Valentines Day cards, as well, but we decided to make a bigger picture to hang up instead.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

We went to Hobby Lobby for a few items and we also found some inspiration.

I had seen really cute cupcake paper owls for a skip counting activity on Kids Activities blog, link here. When I saw the heart papers at Hobby Lobby I knew we were making some Love Owls πŸ™‚


Ps all of Hobby Lobby’s Christmas things are 80% off currently. (The deco tubing ribbon was only $1.20!)

What you will need:

  • Stick on Googlie Eyes (aka Wiggle eyes)
  • Elmers White Glue
  • A large sheet of scrapbooking paper (Sophia chose one with hearts)
  • Heart cupcake papers
  • Deco Tubing ribbon (for the tree branches)
  • Glitter foam sheet (for cutting a beak and feet from)
  • Scissors

TIP: You can use regular googlie eyes but I would suggest using gorilla glue to glue them on, they don’t stick well with Elmers white glue.

Love Owl materials
Love Owl materials
Excited to craft!
Excited to craft!

We hadn’t done any crafts over the holidays, so Sophia was really pumped up to make some Love Owls.

Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on
Two beaks and four feet ready to glue on

From the glitter foam sheet cut out two triangles for the beaks and 4 feet to your liking. We chose to make the feet look like puffy “M’s”

Cupcake paper
Cupcake paper

For the owl bodies flatten out the cupcake paper.

Flatten the cupcake paper
Flatten the cupcake paper

Fold down first wing. Sophia helped with pushing down the creases.

Fold down first wing
Fold down first wing

Fold down second wing.

Fold down second wing
Fold down second wing

Fold down the head.

Fold down the head
Fold down the head

Repeat for the second owl. Put small dabs of glue under both of the wings and head folds.

Owl bodies ready to place on the paper
Owl bodies ready to place on the paper

Pick the spots on the paper where you want your owls to be. Glue the owls on to your paper as desired.

Glue on owls where you would like them to be
Glue on owls where you would like them to be

Put a small dab of glue where you want the beak to go and place beak. Peel off the sticker backing off of the googlie eyes and place as desired. Lastly, put dabs of glue for the feet.

First branch glued on
First branch glued on

Cut a desired length of the Deco Tubing ribbon. Test to see how you want it to lay. Then run a bead of glue where you want the branch to be and then place the ribbon on it.

Finished Love Owls
Finished Love Owls

Repeat for second branch. I love that this project has fun texture and depth from the ribbon and cupcake papers.