Things to Make - Cutting and Gluing with Pretty Paper




Since yesterday's post was on the National Gallery, I figured I'd stick with the art theme and blog about preschool art projects. Every fall (with winter LOOMING ahead), I decide that this is going to be the year of art projects. Then the baby cries or the girls whine or something else goes wrong and I think "well, maybe next year will be the year of art projects." My mom was a huge art project mom, so I want my kids to grow up the same way, but in real life I find art + three kids = tricky. Okay, enough complaining. This year things are going to be different, as I have decided to lower my ambition and start with REALLY EASY art projects, hence the pictures above.

Darcy's Easy Art Project - Round One

Both my girls are obsessed with scissors lately, so I went to a AC Moore and bought a ton of scrapbook paper for them (DCWV MS-003-00062 Mango Frost Mat Stack) to cut and glue (does paste even exist anymore or has the gluestick completely replaced it?). Plus, some scrapbooking tape to create with as well. (When I was a kid, I used to love wallpaper books, so I figured this was close to the same idea.)

Good news - it worked. They spent all afternoon cutting random shapes and pasting them onto different paper, with very little help from me (though my mom did get involved, hence the flowers). So far so good, hopefully more art projects will follow.

Regarding ideas and inspiration, the creme of the creme for GREAT kids' art projects is this blog - The Artful Parent. If you have a chance, check it out, there are years worth of archives so you're sure to find some sort of project that works for you.


  1. You have such a pretty blog. I have to say that I totally identify with what you say about wanting to do art projects with the kids and then not following through because of so many other things that need to get done. I try to do something at least once a week with my two kids (can't imagine how hard it must be with three!), and have learned that simple is good. I've been reading Artful Parent for a while now and love that it never fails to inspire me. I even bought two t-shirts she made at one point as a show of support.0 Anyway, glad to have have found you via BYW.

  2. Thanks so much for the comment! Simple is so good, I agree. Though sometimes I'm still so jealous of the elaborate non-simple projects. Luckily, the Artful Parents seems to cover both.

  3. Adults enjoy cutting and creating with pretty paper, too :). We had arts and crafts night at the Davis' on Friday night. Jon used the pretty paper while I painted!

    - Laurie

  4. Laurie - I can't wait to see your artwork (especially Jon's) - I'm curious!

  5. I just love your blog and wouldn't have found it if it had not have been for The Artful Parent, which I read on a regular basis.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  6. Jennifer - Thank you so much! Every Tuesday I blog about something to make (a purposefully vague category) and on Thursdays I blog about something to read. I'm so glad you like it!

  7. It was such a relief to read your reality is the same as mine! Whew! Now I don't feel so bad! I'll admit - I even limit paint to our local museums vs my home!



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