For years I have longed for Christmas artwork to deck my halls. My husband hates the idea of buying decorations that sit in storage 11 months out of the year and I am one of the least artistic people I know. However, I saw a painting in a magazine or in an email and thought…”Hey! I bet my kids could do that!” So I challenge you: pack up your Type A personality and break out the paints and make some easy Christmas art for kids!
First choose your canvas. Ours are big! The one we used is 16×20. Next take a pencil and trace where you want the string of lights. After you are happy with the strand, go back and add small little marks to show where your kids should place the light bulbs. Mix up some gray paint and paint the strand of lights. Then your kids are ready to get busy!
We made 24 marks, so 24 lights. We chose 6 colors of paint, so each girl was in charge of 12 lights…2 of each color. We poured paint onto the plate. Then they experimented on paper to see what looked best. They tried painting their thumbs and making prints vs. dipping their thumbs into paint. Dipping their thumbs into the paint definitely worked best (we were using Tempura paints). This entire process took less than 30 minutes (including clean up)!
The end result? One AWESOME piece of artwork to hang every year (that cost under $10) AND that was made by my girls! And two very proud artists!
Leave a comment and let them know what you think of their work!Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen