Box Lid Art: Kids can create a custom piece of art in a ready-made picture frame – the lid of a box!
We’re sprucing up the playroom here, so over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on easy art projects for preschoolers, and we’ll be hanging our finished projects on the walls of the play room. As most of you know, I like to keep our crafts and activities easy and affordable, so we’ll be using inexpensive “canvases” from around the house to create our masterpieces on. I’m super-stoked about our upcoming projects, and excited to show you the box lid art that the hooligans created today.
Our playroom is simple and furnished with all kinds of cast off goodies from around our home, and with thrift shop finds that I’ve accumulated over the years. Until last year, my daycare didn’t have a dedicated space in our home; when we were inside, but last year, I converted our seldom-used spare room and storage area into a rockin’ space for the daycare, and an area for all of our crafting and supplies. You can read about the awesome makeover, and see all the pics here and here.
We spend a lot of time playing and crafting in this room in the winter time, and I think having some hooligan-made art on the walls will look great
Using a box lid as an art canvas:
For today’s project, we used box lids that I’d saved from Christmas time. Box lids make a great canvas for a child’s art because the edges of the lids serve as a frame for whatever is created in the lid.
Box lid art is easy!
I set out several jars of tempera paint, and gave the hooligans no directions other than to try and keep each paintbrush with the jar of paint that I’d popped it into so the colours wouldn’t get too muddy. When we use powdered tempera paints, I’ve recently started mixing them in mason jars. They’re small enough that they can be held in a child’s hand, they’re heavy enough that they don’t easily tip, and I can pop the lids on and store any leftover paint for next time.
One had a specific image in mind that she wanted to paint.
Another painted very deliberately, being selective about which colours he chose and how he applied them.
When they were finished, we placed their paintings by the fire to dry, and when we checked on them after lunch the hooligans were thrilled with their masterpieces! Just look at these proud, little faces.
I think these are going to look fantastic on a wall in our playroom!
Boxes are terrific aren’t they? Check out this nifty shadowbox ornament (by Mod Podge Rocks) that your kids (or YOU) can make.
For more easy art projects for kids, check out these pieces that adorn our playroom walls:
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.