Paint With Plastic Wrap on Ornaments

Painting with plastic wrap gives these ornaments a new look.  This is a simple way to recycle and refresh your solid colored ornaments.  It’s so easy that the kids are going to want to make some with you!

Materials:

  • Glass or plastic plain ornaments any size
  • Acrylic Paints – I’m using red, dark green, metallic 14K gold
  • Plastic wrap or cut up plastic shopping bags
  • Paper plates
  • Clear Gloss Varnish and paint brush
  • Optional: gloves, decorative ribbon and glue, piper clear or string

 

Directions:

This technique can be done on glass or plastic ornaments.  I had a box of gold ornaments, and painted one red for my sample today.

I’m using a pipe cleaner to hang my ornament, to make it easier to work.  On a paper plate pour out your first color, you want to start with the darkest color and work to your lighter colors.  I’m starting with dark green.  Tear off a piece of plastic wrap about 6″ to 8″  (like Glad Cling Wrap) and squish it up and rub in the green paint.

You might want gloves, it is a little messy.  With the paint on the plastic wrap, go up and down on the ornament moving the plastic wrap around with your fingers.  This will make different designs, you do not want to rub or do a back and forth movement.  Do a little or a lot of color it’s all up to you.  I just did a little because I will be adding a new lighter color.

The next color I’m using is gold. Make sure the paint is dry, it does not take long.  Wash hands or change gloves, pour out your next color on to a paper plate.  Tear off  a new piece of plastic wrap, and do the same up/down motion, moving the plastic wrap around with finger.  Cover the ornament with as little or as much as you want.

Let dry and coat with clear gloss varnish.  Then finish by adding decorative ribbon around the top. I love to use them on the tree, but they are also great filling a bowl or tall vase to decorate around the house.

The color combinations are endless, check out the paints in bronze and copper next time you’re at the craft store!

 

Kid’s Artwork Turkey

Gather the kids, grab some paint and lets make paper turkeys that stand up!  How adorable are these  just make sure that Grandmother gets one, too!  These turkeys are so easy that any age can help make them.  This turkey pictured here has water colored tail feathers, but if you can get the kids to put their hands in paint.  I love the tail feathers to be hand prints.  Check out the turkey at the bottom.

Materials

  • Turkey template {DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE PDF HERE}
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint for turkey body brown and paint for tail feather (I used water colors)
  • Card stock, poster board or any heavy type of paper
  • red and yellow paper
  • 2 eyes

Are the kids ready to paint?  Paint the turkey body and strip brown.  Fold strip to make a rectangle, 1″ on top and bottom, 2 1/2″ on the sides (there will need to be a small overlap to glue).

Cut a yellow beak and a red gobble.  Glue on eyes (or paint), beak and gobble.

Glue the center strip to back of turkey body.

Now for the tail.  I ran out of white card stock (due to too many little artists who love to paint) so I used white paper plates (2) and I liked the way it turned out!  When dry cut into feathers, I cut 7.  Cut a half circle shape out of card stock, glue on your turkey feathers.

Glue the tail with feathers to the center strip.

How much fun!  Check out the turkey below with the hand print tail feathers.  Made the same way, just used the hand print for feather.

This turkey pattern can be adjusted, making him smaller or big. If you change the size larger, made the center strip larger so he will stand up.

 

“Give Thanks” Recycled Painted Jars

If you have some extra glass jars that were headed for the recycling bin, don’t toss them just yet! Use them to create this adorable decoration that can be adapted for any season or occasion! Look for jars of different sizes and shapes  If you have the lids, great! If not, you can still made it work.  🙂

I’m using fall colors to go with my saying “Give Thanks”, but the possibles are endless – Welcome, Happy Birthday or maybe even Happy Holidays! You could use the same jars and just switch the sayings for each season!

Materials:

  • Jars with lids (can be done without a lid) I used 7
  • Acrylic paint (I’m using 7 different colors)
  • Twine
  • Sticker letters to spell out Give Thanks
  • Cardstock paper and/or Kraft paper
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Double stick tape
  • Optional: Ink pad (brown), 3-D adhesive square or dots, berry pick, wire and pinecone

 

Directions:

Select the jars you like, make sure they are clean inside and out.  (Goo Gone is great for getting off the sticky labels!)  Get out the acrylic paints and find your colors.  Line your jars up in the order you want to display them , and match your paint to the jar. I like to put my paint in front of the jars in order to get a look at how the colors and jar shapes flow.  Now that  you know which color is going into each jar, the fun part begins…here we go!

Pour some paint into the jar – about 3 tablespoons (you can always add more). Put the lid on and roll jar around, letting the paint coat the inside.  If the kids are old enough (we are using glass!) get them to help. After you see the paint has covered the inside, with lid still on, turn jar upside down for just a few minutes, letting the extra paint run into lid.  Take the lid off, throw it away and let the painted jar dry upright.  Repeat for each jar. FYI:  it might take an afternoon for the paint to dry.

While the paint is drying let’s work on the saying, “Give Thanks”.  I’m using stickers (from the scrap booking section of the craft store) – one style  for “give” (which I’m putting all together on one jar),  and different styles of stickers for each letter of “thanks” (which I am going to use a different jar for each letter).

First cut Kraft card stock paper or colored card stock to a size that fits your jars.  The paper that I will stick  “give” on to  is a different size than the others. I cut the papers for “thanks” all the same size  (mine are 1 1/2″ by 2 1/2″) and  I inked around the sides.

Cut another piece of card stock, smaller than the first .  I inked around the sides with brown, and add a letter.  Do this for each letter until you have t-h-a-n-k, and a larger one for “give”.

With a punch, make a hole for the twine or ribbon.  I made only one hole for the twine to go through for each letter of “thanks” since the paper is skinner. Since my “give” is larger and different type of sticker, I wanted it tie on a little different.  So I punch 2 holes, bring the twine through one hole and around to the other.  Making a small knot on each end.

I used twine to tie the letters on, but ribbon would work also.  Pull both ends of twine through punched hole, looping around jar.  You can pull it tight or loose to let the letter hang down.  Make a knot to hold in place.

Get creative with recycled jars and paint!

I will be changing my jars to say “welcome” after the Thanksgiving season is over. Half the work will already be done, I can use the jars and just change the letters and the order of the jars for a new look!  So easy and fun! 🙂

Just a reminder, acrylic paint is water based, which means if you were to fill a paint coated jar with water (if you wanted to put fresh flowers in jar) the paint will start to dissolve.

Water Bottle Pumpkins

It’s so much fun for the kids to make their own easy recycled “pumpkins” from old water bottles!

Look through your recycled bin, for plastic bottles with tops, small water bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, etc. You’ll probably want to plastic if small children will be making and play with them;  you can use glass bottles, just use caution and best judgment with children.

 

Materials:

  • Plastic bottle with top
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Black felt (easier for children if you can find the sticky back felt)
  • Green ribbon
  • Tape or glue, hot glue
  • Double sided tape  (if using black without sticky back)

 

Lets get started, finding the bottle with top might be the hardest part.  🙂 If you have the smaller round water bottles, those would be the perfect pumpkins (I didn’t, but I still think it turned out cute)!

Clean your bottle, inside and out.  Remember Goo Gone will make getting the sticky part of the label off so easy. Also, you definitely want to make sure your bottle is dry inside.

Pour about 3 to 4 tablespoons of orange paint into a 8 ounce water bottle (you do not have to measure, just pour, you can add more if needed). Screw top on and let the children roll, shake, or turn it upside down and watch the paint cover the inside of the bottle orange.  If you are happy with the paint coverage, tape or glue the bottled closed.

Now for the pumpkin face.  Cut face shapes from the black felt, use small pieces of double stick tape on each felt piece.  If you are using the sticky back felt, just cut your face shapes and peel off back.  Have fun making fun and silly pumpkin faces on your bottle pumpkin.  Tie and green ribbon around the top.

How much fun to use 2 liter bottles, make fun pumpkin faces on 7 or more and make them into bowling pins! Who can make the first pumpkin strike?

Candy Corn Jars

Recycle old jars to make the cutest Halloween treat – these would be great to give to friends or teachers around Halloween!

Materials:

  • Acrylic paint made for glass (Enamels by Folk Art), yellow, orange, white
  • Glitter I used Twinkles Crystal by DecoArt…it’s not as messy as glitter!
  • Gloss Interior Varnish (sealer)
  • Ruler and tape
  • Candy treats

 Directions:

With tape, tape off the center of the jar.  I divided the jar in thirds.  I found by putting a ruler in the jar, it’s easier to keep the tape line straight.

You are ready to paint, paint the bottom yellow and top white.  You will need two coats.  Remove tape and paint center orange (2 coats). Read the directions on the glass paint, you can bake it or air dry (I baked mine).  Next step is to glitter.  I like to use  Twinkles Crystal, which is paint with glitter in it (it’s not as messy as glitter) but you could use white, yellow and orange glitter.  Let dry, then brush a coat of your sealer,  and let dry again. Then just get your treats ready –  I filled clear bags with candy and closed the bag with a ribbon.

Now I’m wondering, what other type of candy can I paint on a jar??   🙂

Recycled Fall Wreath with Painted Paper Bag Leaves

This fun, kid-friendly project is a great way to re-use those old paper grocery bags and decorate for fall!

MATERIALS

Leaf template {DOWNLOAD LEAF TEMPLATE HERE}

Large paper bags

Paint (in fall colors – I used red, yellow, brown, and gold)

Hot glue and/or double stick tape

Wire (26 gauge)

Styrofoam wreath

Burlap or ribbon

DIRECTIONS

Download & print out leaf pattern. Wrap the wreath with burlap strips or ribbon, hot glue end to hold in place.

Here’s where the kids can get involved: it’s time to paint the paper bags. I cut the bag into sections, and painted each a different color (red, gold, yellow, brown).

After the paint is dry, cut two rectangular pieces large enough for the leaf.  Put one rectangle painted piece down (non painted side up) and glue (or use double sided tape) wire down the center. Then add more glue or tape and place the other rectangle on top (paint side up).  Lay your leaf pattern on top, then trace and cut out.

 

I made 35 leaves.

Push each leaf with wire into the wreath and continue until your wreath is covered in leaves.  The wire is flexible and allows you to bend and shape the leaves to give the wreath a little dimension.

Once the wreath is completed, you may want to attach ribbon or burlap strips so that you can hang it  – I just used small straight pins to pin my burlap strips to the back of the wreath.

 

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