Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Super easy (and useful) summer art project

I am not having a good week. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I know this is going to be a short week and that we're headed to the mountains to go camping this long weekend......but I'm pretty sure that it has more to do with my teething 8 month old and her super cranky, doesn't want to nap, wants to be held constantly neediness. I have to keep reminding myself that this stage will end soon enough, but when I'm knee deep in it I feel like pulling my hair out and often find my patience very short!

On to less crabby things. Last week the older girls and I worked on a very easy and very fun art project. I bought some cheap wood picture frames with magnets on them. I got mine from Walmart, but you can find similar items at pretty much any crafting type store. The frames cost me 59 cents each. I have loads of paint and chose somewhat thick tempera paint.....water colors would work too if you wanted a lighter result. I put down some wax paper to protect my table and gave my girls an array of colors to choose from on a paper plate. They both did a really good job! I was actually surprised that both of them really put a lot of effort into the project and took their time to make their frames look nice. We did find that they finished really quickly so I got my hair dryer out and helped to speed up the drying process so that they could apply a second coat of painting.

The second part of this project involved me uploading current pictures of the girls to Walmart's photo lab. I had them printed as wallets so that the pictures would be small enough to fit into these little frames and I got them 1 hour because I'm impatient. Silly me, I accidentally sent them to the Charlotte, NC photo lab and had to get my mother in law to pick them up and mail them to me.....I guess God was giving me a little impromptu lesson in patience! :o) Once they arrived I cut them to fit into the frames and stuck them up on our refrigerator. Easy peasy. I think they turned out really cute! And it's nice to have some magnets again.....mine have a way of disappearing.

I love that Maddie's art is starting to
have some rhyme and reason to it.


1 comment:

Becky said...

Oh my goodness, those are cute!!!!

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