Incorporate Your Child’s Art In Home Decor
Children love their art and we as adults love to flaunt it to the world. it is partly our own happiness and giddy pride in our children’s efforts and partly because we would like them to know how we feel about them. The refrigerator is too generic and boring a place for all the art to take up as a pinup board. There are some simple and some not so simple ways to incorporate your child’s artistic endeavors to work as true pieces of home décor.
A bit of planning and coordination ahead of time may be necessary when you are aiming to incorporate your children’s masterpieces as home décor pieces. Plan for something that can be hung on the wall, positioned on the mantle, or showcased as a center piece. In case of older children it works best with very little guidance as you may set aside a color palette for them to consult and explore. With the young ones it is only prudent to devote more time and help them create pieces under your supervision and guidance.
From The Nature’s Basket
You can take up some structured projects where the elements are taken from nature, whether it is leaves, shells, twigs, pebbles or any number of interesting materials that can be found in nature. The trick, here is to find shapes in the naturally existing materials. As a child we have all found shapes in the clouds, it’s time you did that with other materials too!
Help the child understand the material, explore and experience the whole process as they first see through your eyes and then gradually develop a vision of their own.
Stamps & Stencils
For the tiny fingers it might be too much to begin with brushes and paints. Plan a subtly structured artwork with them using stamps and stencils. There is a plethora of rubber stamps and stencils available for you and the tots to choose from. You can help them explore a variety of techniques to use these stamps and stencils, sometimes paint them in, at other times use them with glue to create a unique reverse effect or even colored sands. You may even go a notch up and make your own stencils with mundane items of everyday use and create dramatic pieces.
Hand & Footprints Forever
In this time and age, it is fascinating to see how fast the children grow. We love to watch them evolve at each age and stage. We start doing this even before they are born with their ultrasound pictures and keep doing it till we can. The tiny hands and feet never cease to amaze the parents. To freeze a bit of this innocence there is Handprint and Footprint Art. It is exactly what it sounds like! Choose colors that match your décor and your child loves. Use the hand and foot prints creatively to bring out shapes and insurmountable cuteness with these pieces that will put a smile on your face every time you look at them.
Who doesn’t love those cutesy little planters? These however take on a new charm when a young one adorns it with their creativity. You can not only make a craft project out of it for your children, but add some function to the end product too. With some paints, blackboard paint and little stick on goodies, these can actually turn into great gifts or stocking stuffers. The chalkboard paint on these planters gives the kids an eternal canvas to go crazy every day!
As you get started with these projects, you or even your children might come up with many more such artsy ideas and explore a new kind of décor with sweet personal touch!