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How to make art from your kids finger painging tutorial finished product

How to Make an Artwork from your Kid’s Paintings

It’s a familiar scene in many households: the kids attend daycare, the wonderful teachers organise painting as an activity, and when you return to pick them up at the end of the day, an artwork is proudly unveiled.

Each painting is lovingly pinned onto the fridge for the week, until next week, when they again create another masterpiece. Before you know it, you can’t find the handle for the refrigerator or the cupboard you’ve secretly stashed six months’ worth of paintings into is absolutely billowing!

I’m Georgi and this fortnight’s tutorial will show you a simple way to turn the abundance of paintings your children create into an original artwork, that you’ll treasure hanging on your walls.

How to Make Art from your Kid’s Paintings

How to make art from kids finger painting work

What you’ll need:

  • Children’s paintings
  • Plain coloured cardboard
  • Water glass – 7cm diameter
  • Scalpel
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Photo frame

How to make artworks from your kids paintings tutorial

Step 1

Select a large bundle of your child’s paintings, with a variety of colours, patterns and textures.

Step 2

For each painting select different areas to cut out circles. Place the water glass with the opening down onto the painting and carefully cut with the scalpel around the outside of the water glass. Be creative! Cut out circles of colour, textured areas, sections with white or blended colours.

Cut out more circles than you think you may need, as then you have a good selection of colours and patterns to choose from when you begin to arrange the circles.

How to make an artwork from your kids finger paintings

Step 3

With your scissors, cut the cardboard to size to fit your photo frame.

Arrange the circle cut outs in your desired layout. Be careful to allow room for the mount board, if your photo frame has one included.

For the rectangle artwork I created – 15” x 18” frame – there is approximately 1cm between each circle. For the square artwork I created – 13.5” x 13.5” frame – there is approximately 2cm between each circle.

How to make art from your kids finger painging tutorial finished product

Step 4

Once you are happy with the layout of your circle cut outs, glue the circles onto the cardboard individually, measuring again the spacing between the circles as you glue each one on. Allow the glue to completely dry and place the artwork into the photo frame ready for hanging.

Share your craft activity with us on Instagram! Tag @tlcinteriors in your creations!

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Georgi Redfern is a colour-loving handmade enthusiast, avid crafter and arts marketing professional. Her passion for encouraging creativity and supporting local makers and artists has evolved into the launch of a dedicated blog, A Splash of Colour.

  • Jourdan Parker


    That is such a good idea! I might even do that myself… painting and all…. : )

    18 September, 2015
    • Sounds like a great idea Jourdan, share your finished product with us on Instagram, we’d love to see it!

      30 September, 2015
  • I love this idea! Totes doing it! Hx

    20 September, 2015
    • Awesome! We’d love to see the end result Hayley, I’m sure it’ll look fab!

      30 September, 2015

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