Ok, so you may have heard that we’re on a mission to add some colours to the wall in our playroom. Earlier this week, the hooligans made box lid art , and last week we melted crayon shavings to make our stunning rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and today, I’m sharing a very cool recycled painting project with you! We took an inexpensive and not-so-attractive second hand store purchase, and gave it an awesome makeover!
This is such an affordable way to put some art on your playroom walls, while at the same time showcasing your child’s artwork!
All you need is a hideous or out-dated piece of art. If you don’t already own one, hit the thrift shops. You’ll have no problem finding something that’s perfect! A couple of months ago, when I was cruising through Value Village I happened upon this little gem.
It was priced at $5.99. Jackpot!! A little high perhaps, but it wasn’t the painting I was thinking about. It was what we could DO with it!
How to Turn a Thrift Shop Canvas into New Art
The other day I rolled a coat of primer over the whole thing, and today I presented the fresh canvas to the hooligans! This would be our first collaborative art project for the playroom!
I got out the tempera paints (another thrift shop find), and mixed up a couple of greens and a blue and the hooligans rolled those colours all over the canvas.
Looks better already doesn’t it?
Then the hooligans grabbed some brushes and those same colours and started painting whatever their little hearts desired.
We let those colours dry while we had snack, and then they added a little red and orange.
And a splash of yellow.
And then our afternoon hooligan put the finishing touches on the masterpiece when she arrived.
And THIS is what we now have hanging on the wall above the colouring table in the playroom!
An absolutely one-of-a-kind, hooligan-made work of art! I think it’s fantastic! Stay tuned… we’ll be making another recycled painting soon!
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. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.
Marie Dobbs Brasseit
I love it! New modern, recycled, art by The Hooligans! The new artists in town…..when is the opening gallery art show? That would be neat……have a showing with snacks and all! 🙂
Love this! I made a painting with my daughter who has autism (http://fumblingthruautism.wordpress.com/2012/11/10/blue-paint/) and now with your recycling idea I am inspired to make more! Thx.
Thank you for sharing your very touching post. What a wonderful way to allow your daughter to express herself, and what a beautiful memoir you have now of her “blue days”. hugs and best wishes to you xx
Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest
LOVE it! We’ve never done a collaborative work of art and I’ve been wanting to try painting on canvas, so this would be perfect! Off to Value Village I go!
Aleacia @ Dilly-Dali Art
This is a beautiful piece of abstract art!
I hope you had them write all their names on the back 🙂
Side note, I really need to visit the second-hand shops around here for some canvases!