This kids room artwork project that we did recently was a fun way to spend one afternoon. It kept them occupied and engaged for a while, wasn’t terribly messy (yay!), and they got to create a super awesome piece of artwork that is displayed in their rooms!
Now, to start off this project, I used some foam core signage that Hubs had brought home from work. They were used in an old sales campaign and going to be thrown out. So, being the always thinking, always hoarding person he is, he brought home not one, not two, but six. At first, I was not a happy camper because I had NO CLUE what I was going to do with these boards that are now in my living room!
My creative juices started turning. The front of these boards were printed with the advertisement for his company. The back, however, was more of a matte finish and completely blank. So, of course, I thought it would make a perfect canvas. But, of what? Stick figures? Blobs of paint? What?
Our daughter is very into anything pink and unicorns. She is also into Frozen but her entire room is decorated in that theme already! Our son is into anything that has to do with construction, dinosaurs, and cars. So, I thought we would make a unicorn painting and a dinosaur painting.
I wanted to make some cutouts on my Cricut Maker to go underneath the kids paint jobs to reveal the image so I turned on my computer, opened Cricut Design Space and started to design the images. If you don’t have a Cricut Maker yet, you can get one here. You most certainly can use a Cricut Explore Air 2, here, or even the new Cricut Joy, here.
So, I created these two images in Design Space using the Cricut Access images and fonts. I cut the designs out of some leftover pieces of 631 Oracal removable vinyl.
Then I laid out some butcher paper on the floor and had them start painting however they wanted all over the canvas. They weren’t sure about having that much freedom at first but they slowly got into it. My only suggestion was to completely cover the foam core with the paint.
They were pretty proud of it at this point!
We waited until the following day to let the paint completely dry.
I then very carefully tried to feel for the raised edge created by the vinyl decal. Using my weeding tool, I peeled the image away from the foam board. Voila!
The kids thought I was magic because one minute it was completely painted and the next minute there were pictures and letters on their paintings!! WOW! DADDY IS MAGIC!!!
We displayed them on stands that Hubs had brought home too. They fit perfectly in the grove of this wood base and create some much needed stability-especially in a kids’ room!
Now, you could use canvas for this project, thinner foam core board, or even cardboard! You definitely want something that is a little thicker. To stand it up, you could create an easel using foam core or even tack it to the wall!
All in all, it was a great project for the kids. It gave me the feels that they got so into it and they love the fact that THEY created some artwork for their room!
Definitely give it a try!