Lazy Day Art

June 27, 2013

Paper Art

Only three weeks into summer break, and I’m already running out of activities for the kids. Help! We have some road trips planned for later this summer, but we’ve done nearly everything there is to do locally short of playing in the trees (saving that for my birthday!) and I’ve also exhausted anything of interest to the boys on my ‘potential activities to do with the kids’ Pinterest board.

A lazy day at home and bored (eg. messy and cranky) kids spurred me to think of an easy craft with a satisfying payout, because projects with a longer prep and clean-up time than the actual project itself are a complete¬†buzz kill. Painting with the kids, for example, equals…panic attack!!! Or is that just me?

Paper Art

But paper! Yes. Cut into tidy geometric shapes with a paper cutter and paper punch. That is something I can handle while my toddler tears apart the kitchen (typically Tupperware, cooking utensils, and occassionally a bag of marshmallows because of big bro’s forgetfulness). Armed with glue sticks, glue dots, and these cute inspirational postcards that came with my latest Birchbox package, the boys set to work designing their own cities out of the shapes I prepared for them.

Paper Art

Paper Art

I find that my kids are more invested and engaged in their projects if they have an example to loosely follow and be inspired by.

Paper Art

Paper Art

Paper Art

I think their artwork turned out awesome. They must have thought so too because they’d stop and admire their work every so often.


And not at all related, but three necklaces, stickers down her arm AND pigtails warrants pictorial evidence. My heart explodes.


  1. Comment by Emma on June 27, 2013 10:19 pm

    Great idea! My girls would love to do something like this. I too am running out of ideas…you can only take so many trips to the Target and Walmart toy aisles :).

  2. Comment by Emma on June 27, 2013 10:21 pm

    Forgot to mention- not buying anything down those aisles…
    ps- M sure is super cute!
    pps- Painting gives me heartattack too- sometimes I don’t feel like washing my walls after the painting craft..ughhh.

  3. Comment by Jenn on June 28, 2013 11:48 am

    Duuuude, we’re living such parallel lives. I hate but look forward to errands at the same time.

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  5. Comment by Jennifer Anne on July 2, 2013 9:56 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is wonderful! Major fan of bright colors. My niece would adore this project.

  6. Comment by Jenn on July 3, 2013 6:02 pm

    Thanks Jennifer! I hope your niece enjoys it!

  7. Comment by Cassi on July 28, 2013 11:58 pm

    I love this! I’ll be featuring it on The Crafty Crow!

  8. Comment by Anita on October 28, 2013 12:40 pm

    This art work looks very nice, thanks for sharing such a nice one.

  9. Comment by Tala on April 21, 2014 4:46 am

    very cute collage!

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