Glitter Cards & Painted Canvas

23 06 2008

Now that Father’s Day has come and gone I can post this with out ruining any surprises. I’ve been on a kick to de-emphasize the value we put on material things in our household. This is especially true when it comes to the kids. I think all of their toys scatter about the house pushed me over the edge. In the case of Father’s Day this meant no big store bought gifts for Papa. Something homemade by the kids sounded good and art even better. However, I wanted something more permanent than your average kids painting stuck up with a magnet on the fridge. I finally settle on painting canvases inspired by Jean at The Artful Parent. I bought a two pack of cheap 16×20 stretched canvases for 1/2 off at a discount craft store and set the kids up. However, after watching Eleanor’s reaction to painting with water I thought it best to allow the neighbor girl to paint the 2nd canvas instead of Eleanor. I let them each have a dollop of three different color paints at a time on a paper plate. I’ve finally smartened up about not letting Seth have access to all the paint colors he wants. The paper plate served as a pallet for them to mix colors. This was a suggestion from Seth’s teacher and it worked marvelously.

Then we needed a card to go along with the gift. Seeing a post by Kristen at Pepper Paints for a Weekly Unplugged Project I pulled out some supplies to make glitter cards.

Here’s the how to for our version:


  • Cardstock – one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet per card
  • Self laminating sheets – one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet per card (or you could easily use contact paper)
  • Glue – any old kind will work
  • Crayons
  • Glitter – For the less coordinated I really liked these little squeeze bottles. I found a packet of 6 colors for $1.99 at a party supply store

Steps, best done out of doors:

  1. Let the kids color on one side of the paper. This will be the inside of the card.
  2. Cut a self laminating sheet in half and peel the backing off of one.
  3. Let the kids sprinkle the sheet with glitter. The beauty is you don’t have to worry about glue and these little squeeze bottles really controlled the amount of glitter poured out. They also took a lot more time for the kids to apply, which in my book is good.
  4. Meanwhile fold the card stock in half with the drawing on the inside.
  5. Once the kids are satisfied with the glitter distribution, affix the other half of the laminate sheet on top.
  6. Then trim down the glitter sheet and glue them to the outside of the card.

The kids, ages 22 months to 5 1/2 yrs in this case, really enjoyed doing this project and it was much more successful then my previous projects with glitter. Interestingly, the 22 month old was the hardest to get to stop. He would have gone for another 15 minutes minimum if he hadn’t been pulled away due to his bedtime. The best part? We were able to pull this off in relative secrecy. Rather unusual for us.




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