Olympic Ring Art Project for Kids

Make a unique piece of art for a bedroom or toy room using a second hand canvas and some cardboard rolls!

We LOVE using our recyclables for crafting!  Cardboard rolls are one of my favourite materials to use for arts and crafts here in my daycare.  We’ve made dozens of crafts and homemade toys using cardboard tubes over the years.  When it comes to easy art techniques for kids, I think this Olympic Ring Art is my new favourite.
Easy Olympic Ring Art

Olympic Ring Art stamped with cardboard tubes!

In the Spirit of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, we used cardboard tubes to stamp some Olympic Ring Art last week.

Olympic rings stamped with cardboard tubes.

When we’re creating a permanent piece of art, I love to use an old, second-hand shop painting as a canvas.

Using an old piece of art as a canvas for a new project.

Turning an old painting into a new piece of art:

I pick up old, unwanted pictures and canvases at thrift shops, and we prime them, and paint over them, turning them into hooligan-made, one-of-a-kind art for our playroom.  See how we’ve recycled an old canvases before with this abstract art project and with this piece of smoosh-painted art. Both of these paintings hang on the walls of our toy room.

If you don’t have an old canvas to use, you can stamp your Olympic rings on cardboard or card stock.  You’ll see that we did that as well.

Supplies for Olympic Ring Art project:

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Supplies for Olympic Ring Art

  • a canvas
  • Gesso  or other surface primer
  • white paint (or whatever colour you want for your backdrop)
  • cardboard tubes (we used the sturdy ones that hold aluminum foil and plastic wrap)
  • acrylic craft paint in red, green, blue, black , yellow
  • small bowls or plastic lids

How to prepare an old painting or canvas for creating a new piece of art:

Gesso as an art primer

Prepare the surface with your primer.  For today’s project I gave the picture a coat of Gesso.  I have prepared our canvases with household latex primer in the past.  When that was dry, the hooligans and I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint.

I use a blow-dryer to speed up the drying process, so our canvas was ready for painting in no time.

Stamping Olympic Rings with cardboard tubes:

Now, for the fun part!

I poured a small amount of paint into some small bowls and plastic lids, and set out the cardboard tubes.

I dipped the end of each tube into a different colour, and then explained to the hooligans that they had to match the colour on the bottom of the tube to the colour of paint that they were dipping into.  This prevented the paints and rings from getting “muddy”.

Let the stamping begin!

Stamping Olympic rings with cardboard rolls

The older hooligan worked on the primed canvas, and she had a great time stamping the painting was covered in rings.

The younger hooligans worked on a piece of white cardboard, producing equally beautiful results. For the younger hooligan, I poured puddles of paint into a styrofoam produce tray.

 cardboard tube and puddles of paint for stamping Olympic Rings

What do you think?  Didn’t it turn out great?  I can’t wait to hang this original piece of art in our play space!

Olympic Ring Art project stamped with cardboard tubes.


Looking for more easy art projects to do with kids?  Check out our:

Painting with a Credit Card

“Stained Glass” Painting

Crayon Resist Art

Melted Crayon Art

Tape Resist Art

Salt, Glue and Watercolour Art

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  1. says

    What a great idea for an easy craft for kids to get involved with the Olympics! I am not sure that we would be able to find old canvas art in our tiny community, but we have plenty of cardstock!
    I would love for you to stop by and share on my recently revived Toddler Ideas Tuesday linky. I will be featuring 2-3 posts every week, linking back to the original post.
    I hope to see you at Tots and Me.
    Have a great evening.

  2. teachingyoungchildren says

    How cool! I always wondered how to upcycle unwanted art. Thanks for sharing your technique and this fun and cheerful Olympics art with Afterschool!

  3. says

    I LOVE the idea of re-purposing unwanted artwork. I always see stuff like that sitting in thriftshops and wonder who would buy it. Now the answer will be me!

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