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Let Your Kids Make the Decor

Let Your Kids Make the Decor

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How to have your kids help you make the decor

When it comes to finding things to do with your kids the well can begin to run dry. I cant seem to part with the piles and piles of art projects that have accumulated over the years. So I decided to put my crafty little kid to work. Grandmas bathroom was in desperate need of a renovation and with trying to keep the costs down, decor was simply not in the budget. While staring at the empty wall my little one gave the “Mommy, I’m bored” look and it dawned on me to turn the need for decor into a kids decor craft. All of the supplies can be bought from Dollar Tree, except for the paints.

You will need:

  • wax paper
  • pencil
  • acrylic paper(or any thick paper you can paint on without warping)
  • 1 Sharpie Marker
  • Dollar Tree Picture Frame
  • Paint brushes
  • acrylic paints(red, yellow, blue, black, and white)
kids making decor craft supplies

After gathering up all of your supplies it is time to pick a pattern.


After gathering all your supplies, dismantle your frame. We will use the back of the frame as a guide.





pattern to trace and paint for kids decor project

Pick a pattern that will look good turned at different angles


Now it is time to pick a pattern for our kids decor project. We decided on a section of the shower curtain.









wax paper on pattern to trace

Once you have decided on a section of the pattern it is time to prep for tracing.


Grab a piece of wax paper slightly larger than the frame. Now sandwich the shower curtain or pattern between the backing insert of the frame and the wax paper.





prepping to trace pattern with wax paper

Adjust the pattern into the position you want.


Find the section of the pattern you like, center it the best you can, and now clip the wax paper down to the frame backing.





clip then trace on wax paper with marker

Clip the wax paper into place, and then start tracing the pattern with a marker.


Use your sharpie to trace the pattern. I did this fast and did not put much detail because we thought the design would look better with a rough edge. Once you have finished tracing the pattern onto the wax paper, it is time to transfer it onto the acrylic paper.





prep paper for traced pattern transfer

Make sure the paper your using is the right size to fit in the frame by using the glass as a guide.


The easiest way to do this is to take your frame and sandwich the wax paper between the glass and your acrylic paper inside of the frame to hold everything into place. If your paper needs to be trimmed, take the glass from the frame and use your pencil to get the outline. Then use your scissors and cut following the inside of the line you made. This will make sure that the paper is cut just slightly smaller than the glass.




pattern trace on to paper using light and glass

With the wax paper sandwiched between the glass and craft paper you can see the pattern when held up to a light.


To trace, I stood near a lamp holding the frame like a clipboard and could easily see the pattern. I then traced it onto the paper using a sharpie. You can use a pencil if you feel more comfortable. Make sure before you trace that the pattern is in the right position desired and that it is not reversed.





pattern transferred onto paper let kids paint in the pattern

Now that the pattern is on the canvas paper, get your paint ready and it is time to let your little one paint away.


After you have traced the pattern, it is time to mix up your colors and let the little one paint. Make sure you lay some wax paper down to protect your table,letting your kids make the decor can be a messy business.




Here are a few Tips and Tricks for making your own colors:
  1. The basic mixes are easy enough. Red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and red and blue make purple. Adding more red than yellow will yield a redder orange, more yellow will make a light orange etc.
  2. Whenever you want to darken or lighten a shade (particularly if you are trying to match a color) add small increments of black to darken a shade and white to lighten a shade. If you use a tiny bit of paint at a time, it will keep you from over shooting the color.
  3. Browns can be tricky for beginners:
    ♦For a light brown, I always find it best to start with an orange then add a touch of blue until it is the desired color.
    ♦For a richer redder brown, I start with purple than slowly add touches of yellow.
    ♦For a darker brown, I start with a green and then slowly add some touches of red.
  4. If you still need help leave a comment and I will do my best to walk you through matching a color.If you need help mixing colors there are many good resources out there, I found www.goldenpaints.com/mixer I believe it would be very helpful for the novice. Golden paints can help you play around with the colors to find a match and then give you the ratio.   Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment and I will help walk you through the process the best I can.

kid painted in pattern


Great job little one! Now that the masterpiece is finished, we wait for it to dry.





sharpie marker to bring the pattern back over paint

After all the paint has dried, use a sharpie to touch up the pattern.


The next steps are optional; after my little one painted, I went over the lines with a large sharpie to help clean up the edges.






finished painting paint over the marker

Now, the finishing touches are optional. I painted over the marker with the gray blue paint we had left.


I then took some of the grayish blue paint left over and watered it down slightly. Then using a small paintbrush I painted over the black marker.




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Put the frame back together and hang on the wall. Now, you and your little one can take pride in your new piece of decor.

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