DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

I’m such an advocate for children creating art – no matter how young. My kids started finger painting when they could sit up (I use a recipe that’s edible) and now that they’re officially toddlers, they’ve graduated to real paint. I love having their artwork in our home, but there’s two of them – and that would mean a lot of paintings on the wall. I was wanting to have some more art in our house when I thought of this idea and I’m so glad that I did.

This toddler finger painting geometric art is made by combining two finger paintings for a big impact. You need to get up close to even realize that it’s made by toddlers.

The first step is getting your toddlers, kids, or babies creating. I like to tape down my paper (this time I used poster boards) and put them in a seat they can’t get out of on their own (save the couches!). Since I wanted two distinct paintings, I gave them each different colors. This time I gave them some paint brushes and then showed them that they could also use their hands. They were really excited when we showed them they could use their hands so I would probably skip the brushes next time.

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I use the tape that the poster boards are taped down with to hang them high on a wall to dry (anything to save the couches, I tell ya!). When they were dry, I used a craft knife on a cutting mat to cut the painted area into 5 cm strips (about 2.5”). I then, using my straight edge, cut my strips into triangles. I cut them on an angle 2.5 cm between the top and bottom lengthways, so my triangles were as tall as they were wide.

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When my triangles were all cut, I took a piece of yardstick cut to 8×10 (the size of my photo frame) and played out the pieces in a geometric pattern, alternating the blue and purple designs. When it was all laid out, I took one piece at a time and adhered it to the paper with double sided tape.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out! It adds such a fun pop of color to their bedroom, I’m already dreaming up what other patterns I could create! I’d love to hear if you do art with your children and any tips you might have!

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Colleen is a wife, mama to 20 month old twins, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun. Find her on Pinterest & Instagram.

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog
DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

Today I’ve teamed back up with Paper Source to show you a fun DIY Mother’s Day gift craft project! Ring dishes are so handy to have around. I use them in my closet to corral all my loose earrings. And having a custom-made ring dish from my kiddos is such a treat. There are so many different variations and techniques you can do with this project, and my kids had so much fun with this that we had to go buy more dishes to work on!

I’ll show you two quick ways you can customize these ring dishes. So make sure you’ve got plenty of small ceramic dishes handy. I grabbed a bunch from Target and World Market. Restaurant supply stores are also a great resource for inexpensive options.  DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dishes Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dishes Technique 1: Decoupage

Supplies:

  • Small dish
  • Paper (I’ve always loved the fine papers from Paper Source, and this marble paper is a real showstopper!)
  • Foam brush
  • Decoupage (this stuff from Martha Stewart is the best around)
  • Scissors

 How to:

  1. Just cut a piece of paper to fit your dish, spread a layer of decoupage liquid directly on the dish.
  2. Then place the paper where you want it and smooth out any wrinkles.
  3. Next, put another layer of decoupage liquid over the top.
  4. Now set the dish aside to dry (at least) overnight. This stuff says it takes a full 28 days to cure; but for a light-use piece like a ring dish, you can start using it when it’s completely dry…24-48 hours.

DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish DIY Mother's Day Gift - Silver Ring Dish Embossing Supplies

DIY Mother’s Day Gift – Ring Dish Technique 2: Glitter Dipped

This is BY FAR my favorite project I’ve done for a really long time. I had my embossing heat tool out for a different project, and decided to give it a whirl on some dishes. The results are spectacular; and the process is so easy!

Here’s what you need:

How to:

  1. Just tape off a section with the painter’s tape.
  2. Press into the ink pad with your fingertip, then transfer the ink over to the taped off section of the plate. Keep filling in the space with ink until it’s covered.
  3. Working on top of the scrap paper, sprinkle on the embossing powder and gently tap off the excess.
  4. Pick up the scrap paper and use it to pour the excess powder back into the container.
  5. Remove the tape, and use the heat tool to melt the powder.
  6. Note: The dish will be hot after embossing, so don’t pick it up until it’s cooled.

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DIY Mother's Day Gift - Ring Dish Gilded Edges

A few more notes: 

  • You can use the embossing powder just around the edges of the dishes for a gilded edge look.
  • You could use kids’ artwork to give it a more personalized touch.
  • My kids LOVED these projects. They were great at helping with the ink pad and the embossing powder. My 9-year-old was really into using the heat tool to help melt the powder. And my 5-year-old would have painted every dish we have in the house if I’d have let her.
  • I’ve got a few more ways to customize the ring dishes over on my blog…so come see some of our other Mother’s Day gift ideas.

And just in time for Mother’s Day, all our Honest to Nod readers can receive 20% off  any order at Paper Source (in stores & online). The offer is valid through May 10th, and the code is MOM20. Terms & conditions apply.*

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Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on her self-named blog, Christina Williams.

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

It’s no secret, I love plants! I have a plant in almost every room in our home. It’s an instant way to make the space feel fresh! The only place you won’t see plants are obviously, the kids rooms. They are too curious for their own good and so I’ve avoided a predictable disaster. But these DIY Faux Cacti and Terrariums will do the trick!

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums Materials:

  • Colorful Foam paper (with sticky back)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mini Green Houses (I got mine from IKEA)

DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums Instructions:

  1. Gather your supplies.
  2. Simply sketch out your cacti (google different cactus to see which form you prefer) and planter on the back of your foam paper.
  3. Using your scissors, carefully cut out your cacti and planter.
  4. Peel the back off and stick to the inside of one of your greenhouses. You can use a sharpie to add the little spines (spikes).
  5. Repeat step for the second one. It’s so easy!

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Now the kids can enjoy their very own cacti that won’t prick or poke! They also add a great pop of color in their space, which is perfect for summer! It would be so fun to do a whole wall installation of these of various cacti hanging from different levels on a wall. The terrariums have little holes at the top which makes it easy to string twine from. It sure would make an interesting focal point, don’t you think?!

Now off to make a few more with the kids! DIY Faux Cacti Terrariums

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.

DIY Paper Floral Wreath

Post by Lidy of Hello Lidy

DIY Paper Floral WreathHey everyone! I’m so happy to be back to share with all of you an easy and springy DIY Paper Floral Wreath! It’s so simple and even a great little project to do with your little ones.

DIY Paper Floral Wreath

DIY Paper Floral Wreath Supplies:

  • Die-cut Flower Shapes
  • Embroidery bamboo hoop
  • Hot glue gun
    DIY Paper Floral Wreath Steps

DIY Paper Floral Wreath Steps:

  1. Simply organize your die-cut flowers in the pattern you would like.
  2. Once you are happy with the design, begin hot glueing the flowers to your hoop.
  3. Allow to dry completely. Be sure to not press too firmly, the paper could easily crumple.
  4. Continue steps 2 & 3 until your hoop is completely covered.
  5. Simply pull a piece of ribbon or yarn through the adjusting screw at the top, tie securely. Hang on your wall or door!

DIY Paper Floral Wreath It definitely feels a lot more like spring in our home! I made this paper floral wreath to add some bright and happy colors to our white walls. It’s so pretty and the colors make me feel so happy after a long winter! You could easily grab a larger hoop to make a bigger statement! I think it would look great above a fireplace or even an entryway mirror.

What are you doing to get your home all ready for spring?

XOXO, Lidy

Lidy is the face behind Hello Lidy: a blog focusing on creating and cultivating unique spaces that integrate original handmade designs and vintage pieces while keeping up on current trends and designs. Lidy and her husband have three adopted toddlers.