DIY Nursery Art

My brother and sister-in-law are expecting a baby boy this summer.  I thought it would be fun for Leah to make something to decorate her new baby cousin’s room.  So we thought up this fun fingerpaint craft. It was so easy even I could do it (and I am NOT the crafty type, ask anyone in my family).  And I actually think it turned out really cute!

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The theme of their nursery is animals, so I found some outlines of animals online and printed them off on regular white paper.

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Then we got out the Crayola Washable Fingerpaints.  These are really great, because they do wash off completely, and also they mix up pretty to make all sorts of colors.

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I used masking tape to tape the printouts, with the animal printed side face down, on her high chair tray.  Then I squirted the different colors a little here, a little there, and let the artist do her thang.

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Once she was satisfied with her work I removed the painting to dry, and we panted up the next sheet, until they were all beautiful, unique pieces of art.

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Later after they were completely dry, I cut the shapes out.  Then I used scotch tape, because that was what I had, but double sided tape would work well to, and taped them on a 5×7 piece of watercolor paper.  Any thick, textured paper would work for this.  Note: I first tried using Modge Podge and gluing the animals onto regular paper, but it buckled and didn’t look very good, so my sister recommended using tape, since they’re in frames anyway.

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Next we put them in cute little 5×7 ikea frames, and voilà!  Cute little handmade art, that you will actually enjoy displaying.  Also, for my sister’s wedding shower I did this with another finger painting and used a cutout of the state of Iowa for where her and her fiance are from.  You could do this with so many shapes, and use different color combos for different variations.

 

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