Monday, March 16, 2015

Fun DIY art projects to do with family

With the summer vacation just right around the corner, you’ll need to find activities to entertain your little ones. Instead of having them parked in front of their computers and television sets for the rest of the vacation, why not do something together as a family? Why not finish art projects that will not only help you bond together as a family, but can be used to personalize your homes? 

Spend endless hours of fun and put you children’s energy and creativity to good use with these fun DIY art projects. Use the finished art pieces to brighten up any plain corners and walls in your home. 

Here are a few recommended art assignments.  

1. Photo collage – Instead of stowing away your favourite photos in a scrapbook or album, where they will just gather dust in your closet, collate all your favourite photos from past vacations and put them together in a fun family photo collage. Allow you kids to choose their favourite photos and have them reminisce. Cut and paste the photos onto a board.  Then place it in a pretty frame. Since the children will be cutting up photos, make sure to save copies of the original. 

2. Creative handprints – This is an especially fun project if you have toddlers and babies. Have each member of the family dip their hands and feet in paint then make an imprint on a piece of paper. If you’d like to have a funkier background, paint a background first and let it dry, before doing your hands and feet prints. Don’t forget to include the date and age of each member on the paper. This is a fun project to do every ear to chart the growth of each member. 

3. Abstract painting - If you have children that need a little assistance, create a pattern on the canvas beforehand which they can follow. Then allow them to paint the spaces with different colored paints. You can provide each member with their own canvas. To create a more cohesive “collection,” once they’ve painted the background, you can paint a silhouette pattern (using black paint) on each one. 

4. Bedazzled frames – Spruce up plain looking frames with the use of metallic paint and sequins. If you would like to make a bolder statement, spray paint your preferred base color first. Then add on the “accessories.” Play with glitter and sequins for that instant chic transformation. For something more playful, you can use buttons, bits of thread or any item of your choice. 

5. Crepe paper painting – Create that stained glass effect using crepe paper. First, draw a design with pencil onto an illustration board. It’s best to keep the design big and simple for the kids. Then, cut crepe paper into strips, the length of your fingers. To stick the crepe paper unto the illustration board, make a mixture using white glue with a little bit of water. Then stick the crepe paper to the board by wetting it with the glue mixture using a brush. Leave it overnight to dry and voila! You’re own personalized art piece. 

6. String Art – Another easy technique to making abstract art is with the use of simple store-bought thread. Buy string of various thicknesses then cut into long strands. Place different colored paints in containers that are at least a few centimetres deep. Dip the strands than lay them randomly on your canvas. Enjoy painting!

7. Stamps Art – Buy rubber stamps from your bookstore or have customized stamps made of your names or favourite words. (For customized stamps, you can have these made at select bookstores, or shops that duplicate keys and repair shoes like Quickie.) It’s as easy as that. Have fun making quirky patterns. 


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