Hello! It’s Randi, popping in from Swoon. I’m so honored that Mariah asked me to share a project with you in this space!
Focusing on learning and creating with my kids tends to produce piles of beloved artwork in our house. I’ve tried a lot of different methods to corral this collection, while still respecting their masterpieces. I hate throwing away anything they make, yet it’s not doing anyone any good stored away for years either.
Generally, if the artwork has no sentimental meaning (such as coloring book pages), I wait a few days and then throw them away. But, if your children are anything like mine, there are plenty of originals created nearly every day as well. My four year old loves to paint and will often create 3-4 watercolors in one sitting. Recently, we came up with a fun way to display her artwork without taking up the whole wall.
All you need for this project is a small circle punch, several paintings or drawings your child doesn’t mind “re-purposing,” a piece of cardstock, glue stick, ruler, and a frame (optional).
To begin, you may want to cut your artwork into smaller pieces to allow yourself more access with the punch. I laid out the pieces of paper and punch and let my four year old do the rest! She needed a little help with the punch at first, but quickly got the hang of it. This project kept her entertained for the better part of an hour as she tried to get as many different colored circles as she could. She also enjoyed occasionally counting the circles.
While your child is busy punching, prepare your cardstock. Decide how much of a border you would like around your finished collage (I chose a 2” border) and faintly outline with a pencil. Begin gluing your circles in a grid. I ended up using 77 circles (7 across, 11 down) total.