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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Initial Art Project

I am always looking for cheap and easy art projects for the kids. Here is a SUPER easy and cheap project I thought I would share with you.

I wanted to let the kids design their own sign for their rooms. I wanted to do their first initial, so when I was at Hobby Lobby the other day, I picked up some 13" wooden letters. I think they were around $2 per letter once I used my 40% off code (NEVER pay full price for anything at Hobby Lobby).

Since I wished I had put a basecoat on the letters I used in this project, I had ADD Daddy slap on a coat of white paint that we had leftover from painting our baseboards earlier this year.

Before basecoat

After basecoat

Then I set the kids up with some washable paint (I think I got a set of 10 colors from RoseArt at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 with the 40% code) and let them make their masterpieces however they wanted. The Cool Cucumber mainly used his fingers and Q-tips.  He LOVED it!

The Master at work
Stopping for a snack...
All done!
Time for a bath!

The Quiet Contemplator was big enough for a real paintbrush so she set to work on her masterpiece. She really loved this project.

Making her creation.
Adding a container dash of glitter...

And then the masterpieces were complete and ready for hanging. My plan for this project was always to use them as signs to hang outside of their doors. Here they are all hung up and ready to burn the retinas of all of our visitors shine.

The Cool Cucumber's
The Quiet Contemplator's

Anywho, thought I would share since it is a project kids of all age love and feel pride in once displayed. AND it costs less than $5! Enjoy and send pics if your family makes any of their own masterpieces!


  1. So fun! They look great! Might have to do this....

  2. I love how they turned out!!! The Cool Cucumber's looks so artsy and awesome against the white of the door!

  3. Very cute! Does your Hobby Lobby let you apply the 40% off towards every item, or use multiple coupons? They only let me use it on one so unless it's really important to me, I'm not going to make multiple trips through the checkout line so I just skip it.

    1. I always bring a wingman with me so I can pay and use the coupon twice in one trip.

  4. The J and H threw me...I was looking for a Q and a C.

  5. I love these - not retina-burning at all!! Any art project a toddler under 2 can participate in is a winner in my book. How hard was the cleanup?

    1. Not bad if you don't count the paint my toddler spit up afterward...

  6. My daughter made one today! I gave you full credit for being my inspiration. :)


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