Take Away Craft
My favorite kind of arts & crafts are the recycled kind! I love artwork that is created from old cardboard boxes, soup cans and found objects. I think kids should be exposed to as much out-of-the-box art as possible, so that on those occasions when there is "nothing to do" and you might not have made a recent trip to the craft store, they just might be able to create something out of nothing on their own. When coming up with projects for a particular young artists' class I have taught for the past four years, I try to always use a familiar recycled object that you'd find in your recycle bin and turn into something awesome. The kids are always impressed...and that makes me pretty happy!
For this clever pizza-box/door art, I wanted something that could serve as a fun sign AND have a hidden compartment inside where a special little artist could receive or store little trinkets. It only requires a few supplies, some creative energy and imagination. To make your own you will need:
-a small pizza box (either the kind that comes apart or an all-in-one)
-hot or tacky glue
-post-it notes (optional)
-whatever accessories you can find!
1. Paint the box entirely. Try to be sparing with the paint and not make the box too wet so the cardboard doesn't warp!
2. While it's drying, make your decorating plan- that's the fun part!
3. Once dry, glue your paper on if you want some kind of background collage like mine.
4. Glue your clothes pins on. These will serve as cute picture or note holders.
6. If using a post-it pad, be sure to glue the back on well so it doesn't fall off due to it's weight.
7. Get crafty on the inside! This is the secret compartment where the good stuff can hide :)
8. When everything is set and dry (if using tacky glue, this might take an hour or so), make a loop with your ribbon and glue it to the back of the closed box. This will give you a "hanger" so it can hang on a nail in the door!
9. Load it up with cute notes, stickers or treats.
10. Step back and admire your awesomeness!!!
Courtney Collins proudly serves as Creative Director of MaxLove Project's Camp Make & Believe. To see more of her colorful life, follow her on instagram. Be sure to tag her in all your Takeaway Crafts!
All of the gorgeous photos above were taken by the incredible Tanya Alexis. To see more of her beautiful work, please visit www.originalkidsbyTA.com.