Toddler Paintings turned Geometric Notecards

20 September 2014

The menfolk are off texturing and painting at the new house, and so I'm home alone on a Saturday morning...watching a three year old whose love language is Elmer's glue. All the kid wants to do is cut (with big kid scissors) and paste (with Elmer's).
This isn't my favorite kiddo activity. It's kind of adorable, but it also requires near constant supervision. It does. At least with my three year old. I left him alone with his Elmer's the other day for five minutes and I came back to find him attempting to glue his feet to the floor. I have a pretty high tolerance for mayhem if it guarantees some minutos alone with instagram in the bathroom, but even I draw the line somewhere.

So yesterday when I hauled out our kiddo craft box and set him to slicing and sticking and shuffled through the ever growing pile of toddler artwork, I remembered something that as a mother it would serve me well to remember more often: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

And truth be told, I'm a sucker for crafting so Jake comes by it honestly.

I started with a stack of Jake's artwork, and began some clipping and some Mod Podging and some Eric Carle channeling.
 And pretty soon, voila.
   
Here they are, chock full of sentimentality and ready for me to write some words on the back and send them off to a grandmother or two.

Happy Saturday Crafting!

16 comments :

  1. Best of both worlds--kids' art that doesn't look like crap! Very crafty!

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  2. I love it! I need to do this for our batch of grandparents because they are seriously deprived in the toddler art department. I need to be a better long-distance daughter! Also favorite lines

    "a three year old whose love language is Elmer's glue," "I have a pretty high tolerance for mayhem if it guarantees some minutos alone with instagram in the bathroom," (YES), "some Mod Podging and some Eric Carle channeling."

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  3. These are darling. Sorry I couldn't think of better words besides "darling" and "precious" ...

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  4. Thanks for making me feel slightly less weird for instagramming in the bathroom.

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  5. My best ever mommy alone time started happening after I taught my preschooler to coat his hands in Elmer's glue, let dry, and peel off. AWESOME invention, that Elmer's. So much mommy quiet time!

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  6. This is a wonderful idea! The cards are lovely. If only I could get my five-year-old to cut her artwork like this. She won't even let me put it up on the wall. She likes to keep it and be able to hold and touch it. But I might be able to make this happen if I told her this was the intent from the start. . . Sorry, thinking out loud in your combox :) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. those are gorgeous...I smell Christmas presents.

    full disclosure: i'm a cold hearted mother who allows a 2-3 day fridge display of selected 'masterpieces' before throwing everything in the trash. Seriously, I throw everything away. This gives my grinch heart hope that perhaps a bit of childish beauty could survive longer than 48 hours in our house...

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  8. I love this post and am excited to get these boys water color painting! We try to send grandparents cards often since we live far from all of them, so this will be perfect!

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  9. this is BRILLIANT + i LOVE it! can't wait til my little monkey is old enough to make some art.

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  11. You crafty cat! I love these x

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