We’ve made it ladies. School is officially back in session, and we can finally take a deep breath as we watch our little ones conquer another year. It’s both an exciting and bittersweet time. All of our hard work in raising good people is reaping its rewards. Go grab a glass of wine and high five yourself for what a good job you are doing!!
Okay, now that we have acknowledged how awesome we all are as moms, let’s get back to DIY. Just because school is in session doesn’t mean we have to stop the crafting time we used during the summer months to keep little hands and minds busy. Need a cute idea to butter up a teacher? Want to make the perfect little birthday party thank you notes or personalized greeting cards to send for Papa’s birthday? Or just jazz up some boring school supplies? Boy do we have the EASIEST and cutest project! Scrape art.
It takes next to nothing to replicate, is extremely inexpensive, and even toddlers can help you with the process.
What you will need:
- Different colors of craft paint. Use whatever floats your boat. We chose some bright, kid-friendly ones. Also great way to seasonalize using Fall colors for Halloween or red and green for Christmas!
- An old credit card or store card
- Card stock, or any paper product you want to jazz up. Notebooks, journals, folders all work great.
- Tape, preferably washi so that the tape will not rip the paper once removed.
- Pair of scissors
- Extra if desired: gold letter, raised stickers
How to execute:
First thing you will want to do is to cut the card stock (if that’s what you choose to use) to desired size. We took off a few inches lengthwise so that it made the perfect little size for a just because card. Of course, this is not necessary if you prefer a larger card or are using an item such as a folder or notebook. Tape it down with the washi tape to prevent it from slipping.
Next, begin dropping small amounts (about 1/4 inch in size) of paint at the top of the paper. Randomize the colors. There’s nothing scientific or fancy to this. Simply choose the colors that make you happy and drop on the paper.
Grab the old credit card, and starting on one side, apply even pressure and scrape from the top of the paper to the bottom. You can either stop right before you hit the bottom, or keep going past the paper. We loved the look of it bleeding off the edge. Quickly wipe off the edge of the card and surface you are working on with a paper towel or Clorox wipe. The card should be clean by the time you are ready for the next swipe down.
Work your way across the entire sheet of paper or product you are working on. Repeating the scrape and wiping at the end of each one.
It only takes one or two times and you’ll have the hang of it! Then you can start to get adventurous and find different ways to make the paper interesting. We happened across this one in particular and loved the cool modern take. Would be perfect folded in half, and used for a cute kids birthday card. Have your kiddo write a special message or draw a picture inside, and it’s ready to give!
Make sure to let all paint dry before folding or manipulating in any way. And for an extra touch, simply stick on raised letter stickers to spell our a sweet message. From “HI” to “Thank you”, “Happy Birthday”, or even spelling out the recipient’s name, the possibilities are endless.
Our kids LOVED to partake in this easy craft. The bright colors and quick process were right up their alley.
We recently showed this cute project on KC Live. Click here if you would like to see the clip, and work along with us!
-Kristin & Ashley