There is nothing more I love than multimedia art, and this is yet another one of those projects. There will be plenty more to come, it’s just so much fun to take a child’s simple artwork, and turn it into a finished project that they feel a part of.
For this project, Little C had a hand in every single step, except for cutting out the butterflies. She is pretty talented, but I don’t think a two year old has the amazing scissor skills it takes to cut out tiny butterflies.
- Cardstock paper
- Stapler (optional)
- First, you, or your child need to get to work ripping up a magazine. I think this was Little C’s favorite part. I looked through the magazines for pretty backgrounds, bright colors, or flowers. Then, when something caught my eye, I just ripped out the pages for her, and let her go to town tearing the paper into pieces.
- Place all your magazine scraps into a large bowl, so you can easily reach into the bowl, and pick through the scraps.
- Grab a small bowl to prepare your glue. If you have your child squeeze the glue into the bowl, it’s an added workout for their hands. Plus, Little C loves anything involving glue. Add a small amount of water to the glue, so the glue is thin enough to brush onto the paper.
- Place a piece of cardstock paper in a small cookie sheet pan, to help keep the glue contained to a small area. I like placing paper on a cookie sheet, because it also helps keep the paper from sliding around as much, and it gives your child a more defined target for where to put the paint, glue, or any other media. Sometimes Little C gets a little over excited, and runs off the page when she is getting wild with paints. When we use a cookie sheet, she just hits the edges of the cookie sheet, and stops.
- Grab a sponge brush, or other smooth brush, and brush a layer of glue all over your paper.
- Get your bowl of magazine scraps, and start placing the little magazine scraps flat, all over the glue.
7. As you are placing scraps down on the paper, occasionally dip your brush into your glue mixture, and lightly brush it over all the pieces, to make sure that everything gets glued down smoothly to the paper.
8. Click here to print out the butterfly templates I used for this project. When your collage dries, place the template paper on top of your magazine collage, and staple both pages together around the edges like I did in the picture below. Stapling the pages together helps keep the pages from sliding around as you cut the butterflies out.
9. Cut all your butterflies out, then glue them to a piece of card stock paper. My finished project is photographed on top of a piece of blue construction paper, that Little C, and I painted with white, blue, and navy tempera paint.
10. Enjoy your work of art. This would make a great present, and look really good in a frame. What are you waiting on? Go grab your old magazines, and get your kids involved in ripping it to shreds!