Easy Way to Frame Kid’s Art

I saw this idea a LONG time ago, but didn’t try it out until I was going through some craft supplies in the basement. I love it because it was SO EASY and only involves saving small boxes or packaging from actual picture frames.

We simply used a glue stick to attach his masterpieces to the cardboard box / frame.  The blue picture was made using his fingerprints and the larger one is his interpretation of our garage.

Here are the finished products:

easy artwork frame for kids

Use cardboard boxes as a frame – just one more use before recycling!

Cute, huh?! I think it looks more official than just hanging it on the fridge.  And I encouraged him to draw around the blue picture with other markers for another “frame” in the frame.  There are a lot of things you could do with this project if you so choose.

Have a great day & happy crafting!

#ThrowbackThursday: Halloween Crafts Through the Years

In the spirit of Halloween and #tbt, I wanted to share our Halloween crafts that are now decorating our dining room walls.  Many are a throwback to my kids crafts that they made in years past. I save special art projects in a big plastic tub that is stored under my daughter’s bed, and rummage through it as the seasons change for decorations.

The kids helped me arrange their crafts (my son’s on the right; my daughter’s on the left) and most of them ended up on our dining room wall.  Here they are in their glory:

halloween crafts Go Mama O.

From top: all of the crafts together, spider web plate, pumpkin on a paper plate, bat handprint craft.

While I don’t have step by step instructions, I think many of the pictures are self-explanatory, but to help you out, here are some notes:

  • The ghosts are probably the oldest projects that we have. The kids made them using marbles dipped in paint and rolling them around over the ghost cut out in a tub. I have an old wash bin that I like to use for such projects.
  • I LOVE the hand print bats! My son and daughter each have some, and we hung more up on our dining room chandelier.
  • The spider on the purple plate was a craft that a room mom prepared for a 4K Halloween party. She wove most of the “web” together on the plate and had the black pom pom spider pre-attached to a piece of a plastic straw.  There wasn’t much for the kids to complete at the party (maybe just string the spider on the web, and then tape the web on the back).
  • The pumpkin & candy corn pieces are super easy – just cut up your squares & let your kids glue away.

What are your favorite Halloween crafts? How do you save and display your kid’s old artwork?

A New Way to Display Art – Old Window Screens

As I mentioned in a recent post, I like to use what we have around our house before going out and buying something. Early on in summer, I was tired of seeing the old window screens stacked behind our garage, so I searched Pinterest and found this pin.  I knew we could figure something out for a bulletin board for my daughter’s room.

I picked the two best looking screens and cleaned them off with a our garden hose, which actually pulled off some of the old paint for further “distressing” of the wood.  Between some hardware stores and Hobby Lobby, I manged to find mini clothespins, eye-hooks, and D-hooks for hanging the screens on the wall. With a little help from Daddy O. at the end of summer, we managed to create and hang up these two screens.

The Finished Product

full view of window screen art boards

Two window screen bulletin boards proudly display my daughter’s art.

close up of window screen art boards

Close up of the screens, so you can see the vintage, distressed wood. It actually matches nicely with our older home!

Now our only issue with the screens is that we didn’t make one for my son! A larger window screen is waiting by Daddy O’s tool bench to make it happen.

What “junk” have you re-purposed into something functional for your home?

Oh yeah…I also did some crafting with big cardboard boxes too! See the train and kitchen I made out of carseat boxes.

Earth Day Craft: Recycled Robot

I saw this pin on Pinterest and thought that making a robot out of recycled items we had around the house would be a fun family project.

Here’s what we used for our robot:

  • 8 tin cans
  • 1 large kiwi plastic container
  • 1 shoe box – bottom and lid
  • 1 paper towel roll, cut in half
  • 2 circle magnets
  • 1 magnetic strip
  • Alphabet magnets
  • 1 egg carton
  • 4 screws
  • Plastic stuffing
  • Tape

It was really interesting helping the kids and Daddy O. figure out how to best build our robot.  I am a fan of excessive taping of any homemade project, but we were having problems with the cans staying in place. Daddy O. decided to drill holes into the bottoms of the cans to screw them together vertically. This also helped attach the head, body and feet of the robot, so it was very stable. The kids helped with taping the cardboard tube arms on. Big sister invented the control panel, using the lid of the box and part of an egg carton.

Here’s our finished product in all its glory!

Here's our robot and "control panel"

Here’s our robot and egg shell carton “control panel” in the lid of the shoebox

How I would change it up for next time – The flat magnets don’t stick terribly well to the round cans, and we were forced to spell words vertically vs. horizontally.  I would flip the box next time and perhaps have a bigger tin can torso, so we could do more with the magnets we have.

All in all this was a fun, family activity that is easy and eco-friendly.  Happy Earth Day!