Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Inkjet Printer Craft: Display Kid's Art with DIY Shadow Boxes

Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this HP Envy to review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. To see their full line of HP printers,visit Staples online

My kid's generate a lot of great art work. They are prolific artists with daily access to art supplies in our home art studio. Drawing is one of their favorite things to do -- the girls can usually be found drawing after breakfast and at the kitchen table while I'm fixing dinner. My refrigerator is covered in artwork that we share regularly with friends, family, and neighbors but, I'm always looking for new ways to show off some of those extra special pieces of art! 

"C" (my 6 year old) is really into the Rainforest and large cats right now. 
She draws these rainforest and jungle scenes regularly. 
"E" (my 10 year old) loves the ocean and has a particular fondness for squids. 

When my generous friends at Staples sent us a beautiful new HP ENVY 120-e All-In-One printer to play with, the girls and I had a great time brainstorming new ways to incorporate it into our art-making!

For this project, we made color copies of the girl's original artwork on white card stock paper. I printed 2-3 copies of each drawing so we could cut out different layers and parts.

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Then we raided the kitchen recycling and cut the side off of two cereal boxes to create shadow box frames. I was planning to gesso and paint them but my brilliant 10 year old suggested that we use decorative duct tape to cover the outside -- that was EASY! 

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Then we painted the inside of both boxes with a quick layer of washable craft paint. 
The paint dried within 15-20 minutes. 

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While we waited for the paint to dry, we cut out all of the little pieces of their copied drawings.

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Then it was time to start gluing. 

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We started with Elmer's glue but realized it would be faster and easier to just use a glue gun so that's what we did. Start by gluing the back layers of your drawing and critters to the back of the cereal box (make sure your paint is dry first!) 

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Then to make everything 3-D and help it pop out, we glued white pony beads between the layers of copied artwork and drawings to create little bead sandwiches. Bigger pieces of the drawing needed more beads.

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It looks really neat with the layers of artwork peeking through...the girls loved it and so did their mama! 

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"E"s adorable squid and coral. 

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"C"s three toed sloth and tiger in the Rainforest - so friendly!

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The end results look awesome. The girls can't wait to make more!

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Right now they're on a shelf in our playroom but we may mount them to the wall. 
I could see a whole gallery wall of kid's art displayed this way with 3-D vases of flowers, animals, self portraits, and landscapes! I love the way we preserved the original artwork by making copies with our inkjet printer and found a fun new way to display the girls' artwork! 

So grateful to my friends at Staples for our fun new toy - we've got lots of new inkjet printer craft ideas brewing! Thank you!

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Happy Shadow Box Making! 

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Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

Monday, June 24, 2013

Mermaid Sensory Writing Tray - Practice Letters and Mark Making With An Ocean Twist!

My girls are both home from school for the summer and we've been spending 
our time at the kitchen breakfast table with some "mom school" morning work. 
My youngest daughter, C, is moving on to first grade this fall and we're reviewing 
spelling, handwriting, reading, and simple math this summer. 
I've been trying to find some sneaky ways to incorporate fun into our summer learning 
and this seems to be doing the trick! 
A mermaid themed writing tray to practice letters and numbers, spelling words, and math problems.

While visiting Michaels craft store this week for some fun summer craft supplies, 
we spotted this beautiful sheet of 12"x12" iridescent blue scrapbook paper. 
I remembered seeing The Imagination Tree's Fairy Dust Writing Tray and thought it would 
be fun to use this pretty paper to make a tray for my little mermaid lover! 
When we got home, I placed the sheet of paper in the bottom of a shallow 12"x12" plastic scrapbook paper storage box from my art studio and we added a cup of play sand 
from our outdoor covered sand table. 

Then we added a few seashells and two of our homemade clothespin mermaids
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We are planning to add some larger seashells and 
some plastic "pearl" beads to work on math problems  (I saw the original lovely idea for it here.)

The best part about this little tray is because of it's small size and built in lid,
it is portable and easy to clean up. She can work with it on our deck, 
at the pool, the kitchen table, or playroom!

Happy (sneaky) Summer Learning! 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea
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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Easy Kid-Made Father's Day Gift: Popsicle Stick Fix-It Sign

My hubby has a late May birthday so we always have birthday gifts
 that run into our Father's day gift timing. The girls made their daddy some sweet homemade gifts
this year that would be perfect Father's Day gifts too, so I'm sharing them here with you today!

"C" my 6 year old made this Daddy Fix-It sign for my husband. 
He's a homebuilder and a very handy guy to have around, he really can fix anything. 
Don't know what we'd do without him around here!  

She glued popsicle sticks together and wrote the message with sharpie.
The tiny popsicle sticks on the side are from Michaels' "Creatology" brand. 

She made a Duct Tape card to go with it - I love the rainbow heart. 
Then, we picked out some cool looking and colorful hardware goodies and do-hickies
from daddy's tool box and I glue-gunned them to her sign. 

Daddy's special sign is hanging in a place of honor in his workshop! 
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Happy (Homemade) Daddy Gift Making! 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea
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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Homemade Father's Day Gift: Top 10 Things I Love About You Popsicle Stick Sign

My 10 year old daughter, "E" made this sweet "Top 10 Things I Love About You"
for my husband's birthday and I thought it would be a perfect Father's Day gift! 
It was inspired by this project, but I like E's version much better! 

She wrote her list with sharpies (permanent markers) on wooden popsicle sticks. 
Then, she shaded/colored the sticks with crayola twistables and colored pencils. 

To put it all together, she glued the back with some other popsicle sticks and the glue gun. 
A strip of blue masking tape held it together to keep everything even while she glued. 

She added a ribbon to make a "hanger" so the sign can hang up 
in my husband's cubicle at work or on his peg board in his garage work shop. 
There you have it, a simple, easy to make, homemade gift from the heart. 

Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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