August 9, 2012

Colorblock Canvases (Kids’ Art Project)

Artwork that makes a stylish statement AND allows the kiddos to flex their creative muscles? Sign me up! I love today’s idea from Holly at My Sister’s Suitcase!

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I love creating simple art pieces that add a personal touch to the spaces in our home. I have two boys, 5 and 7, who always want to be “helpers” in my DIY adventures, especially anything involving paint :) I usually keep my spray paint off limits, but for this project, I let them try it out {closely supervised!} It was a WIN for both of us… the kids got to experiment with painters tape and spray paint, and I got to indulge my recent obsession with Color Blocking!

I had all of the supplies for this project at home, and I bet you do too! You’ll need:
1. Flat canvas {we used 8×10} – these are super cheap at any craft store or WalMart
2. Spray Paint
3. Large Envelope or scrap paper
4. Painters Tape {we tried 2 different kinds: Frog Tape and Scotch Masking Tape}
{I’m not doing any kind of product review, but in our experience, the Frog Tape worked much better to give a clean line. The orange and blue canvas was done with Scotch Tape, the turquoise and silver one was done with Frog Tape.}
I gave each of my boys a roll of tape and let them go to town! I love that they both came up with a unique pattern for their canvases. Oh, and I guess they are too cool for me to get pictures of them now…

I promise he was having more fun than this!
Once the canvases were all taped off, we took them outside to paint.
We used a manila envelope to mask off half of the canvas. I let the boys choose their own colors from my stash, and taught them some safety precautions about spray paint. With my help, they each painted their canvases. We let one side dry, then switched the envelope to the other side before painting the second color. 
When the canvases were dry, they had a blast taking off the tape to “reveal” their creations!

They promptly ran to their room and put them up on display…

I love it when I can find an art project that, 1) my kids can do by themselves, 2) allows them to express their creativity, and 3) actually looks great with their room decor! As soon as we were done, they wanted to make more. And for a few minutes, they actually thought being a crafty mom was cool. Here are a few other easy projects I’ve done in the boys’ bedroom

What do you do to personalize your kids’ spaces?

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Nat and Holly are two sisters who share a love of all things creative. Currently living 462 miles apart, their blog, My Sister’s Suitcase, gives them a place to share their ideas {and an excuse for lots of late-night phone calls!} They hope to inspire you with holiday and home decor, easy DIY projects, and creative upcycling. They also have lots of simple kids activitiesfree printables, and inexpensive gift ideasThey would love for you to join them in their LDCR {long-distance crafting relationship!}


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5 Responses to Colorblock Canvases (Kids’ Art Project)

  1. Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon August 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    adorable !!! thanks for the tape info!! :)

  2. Gayle215 August 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    That is a really great project for kids! I pinned the idea!

  3. Shelly @A Creative Space August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    What fun!! Every kid would love this!

  4. Nat and Holly August 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Thanks for letting us share this fun project Amy!

  5. Cherished Bliss August 10, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    Oh what a fun idea! My son is finally showing an interest in crafting with me so we’ll have to try something like this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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