the students paintings are collected in their painting folder throughout the year. they are sent home in bundles once at christmas break and once at the end of the year.
a friend asked me for some ideas to re-purpose some of her children's watercolor paintings that are accumulating. i remembered a post i started writing nearly a year ago on this very topic. i revised it for her and thought i would share it here with you, too (finally!).
i would not always advocate for cutting into your child's art, however we do this sort of painting on a regular basis and have acquired quite the collection of paintings! we always choose a few to keep or to display and then make a pile for crafting with.
here are some ideas to get you started:
* use it as a mat to frame another picture
* signs, signs, signs! as teachers, we use them for all sorts of postings at school. the morning meditation and the daily schedule which are both posted on the cabinets, for one example. honestly, anything is more beautiful when written on a watercolor painting!
* cards. our paintings come home from school twice a year, once being at christmas break. having a fresh supply is handy when it comes time to send out those thank you cards after the holidays.
* hanging stars. the watercolor paper is a little thick for this project, but it still worked and they are beautiful!
* star lanterns. more beautiful photos of these stunning lanterns.
* martinmas lanterns. here's one. here's another.
* another lantern. i haven't tried this yet, but really want to! when you use watercolor paintings they come out looking like this- second picture down.
* balancing butterflies. cut out a butterfly that has exactly symmetrical wings and then tape a penny to the underside of each wing, spaced evenly. the butterfly will then balance on the tip of your finger or any other groovy place your children can think of.
* pinwheels. oh how i love that she uses a real stick! ;)
* coins. my friend, joy, punched circles out of some watercolor paintings with one of those craft punchs. her children loved them and turned them into all sorts of things in their play (think money, play food, game pieces, and on and on).
* you could make your own angel cards.* flash cards (and greeting cards from scraps). i made sienna *flash cards* with some of ours recently. each card is square with rounded corners (also with a craft punch) and has both the capital and lower case letter on it.
* silhouette pictures. these are gorgeous and could be made to fit any theme throughout the year.
* birthday banner. again, you could adapt this for any celebration. be sure to look at the side bar on her blog as she has lots more ideas for using watercolor paintings.
i would love to hear ways that you have made new art out of your children's watercolor paintings! please share in the comments and feel free to leave a link if you have posted about your creations.