Making Glasses From Children’s Art

Welcome to the July 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Creations

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared crafts, recipes, and philosophies of creativity. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

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We like to make artwork at our house just about as much as we like to make gifts.  So, when Father’s Day rolled around, I knew I wanted to incorporate some of my children’s artwork into a gift. My husband likes unique drinking glasses, so we decided to make some very special glasses, especially for him.

We started with some pint glasses from Dollar Tree. $1 glasses are hard to beat unless you go to a thrift store. As someone who dislikes shopping and wants to get in and get out and be finished, Dollar Tree met my needs.

Next, the kids sat down to work on their designs. When making crafts from your children’s artwork, remember that you are striving to capture the creativity and meaning behind the artwork – not to exactly replicate it. Scaling up or down, using only certain elements, or combining various drawings is perfectly acceptable and can be more represnetative of your children’s overall artistic creativity.

Next we needed a way to transfer their drawings to the drinking glasses. I will admit that I did not plan ahead. The Thursday morning before Father’s Day, we were rushing to our local craft store for some paint. I had in mind that we would buy some glass paint, paint the glasses, bake them according to directions, and be finished. What we found was a lot of paint that was not suitable for dishes. However, Martha Stewart came through. Martha Stewart brand acrylic craft paint cures in 21 days to be dishwasher safe. While I wouldn’t use it on a surface which touches food (just to be on the safe side), I had no qualms about placing it on the outside of a drinking glass. At $1.99 a bottle, it was a score. We purchased several colors and were on our way.

Using a paintbrush, I painted their creations on the outside of the glasses. I do this freehand, replicating their artwork. However, if you don’t feel confident in your ability to do that, you could tape the artwork to the inside of the glass as a guide. The acrylic paint needs to dry for one hour in bewteen coats. If you have two colors touching, you will want to allott enough time for this.

Due to my poor planning, the glasses didn’t have enough time to cure before we gave them to my husband. He love dthem, though, and was able to see them on the kitchen counter for the next few weeks before using them. We plan to do more glass painting with their artwork (including some very special glasses I will be making for their Yule stockings…shhhh!) and will make certain to plan enough time for the paint to cure and be dishwasher ready.

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

  • Garden Soup — Bailey finds a way to help momma Katy (from Muse of a Daffodil) in the garden.
  • This One Time, I Tried To Make a Car — Ashley at Domestic Chaos tries once again to make something crafty from stuff around the house.
  • Pin-tastic creative ideas — Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares how Pinterest is inspiring creativity in her family this summer.
  • Baby Hiccups In The Womb — Alinka at Baby Web shares one of the ways she bonds with her unborn baby.
  • Turtle Mosaics — Lyndsay at ourfeminist{play}school and her little family spend a quiet hour making a turtle mosaic inspired by the work of Melanie Mikecz.
  • Edible Art Plus 8 Art Supply Recipes — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares some natural, chemical-free art supply alternatives, which are gauranteed to be tons of fun for children of all ages. They taste great too!
  • A surprise art lesson — Tat at Mum in search has been taking art lessons from her 5-year-old son.
  • Memory Creation — Laura from Pug in the Kitchen talks about how her family aims to create as many memories as they can as a family.
  • A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words — Melissa at Momma Beer tries to replace cars with crafts.
  • My Creative Family: Sometimes Messy, Always Fun — Emily at S.A.H.M i AM embraces the messes that sometimes accompany creative play but admits you don’t always have to get dirty to have fun.
  • Fun Family Learning: Constellation Cave Tutorial — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter gives step-by-step instructions for building a fun new twist on a cardboard box playhouse.
  • Cooking… Kind Of — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings makes pizza with her daughter, hoping to inspire a love of cooking and encourage a bigger interest in food. As well as making mess and having lots of fun, of course!
  • Crockpot Refried BeansThat Mama Gretchen‘s family loves to experiment with new recipes, and today she’s sharing a kitchen success!
  • Creating Memories — Andrea at Tales of Goodness reflects on how the best creations can emerge from just letting kids be kids.
  • Making Beautiful Things … And Sometimes Just Average-Looking Ones — Tamara at Tea for Three looks for ways to add more craft and creativity into every day family life.
  • Making Fruit Leather Together — When Amy Willa at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work took some time to involve her children in the process of finally trying a fruit leather recipe stored on her Pinterest food board, she got more than just a scrumptious homemade snack as a result!
  • Making Glasses from Children’s Art — Mandy at Living Peacefuly with Children used her children’s artwork to make some very special glasses for her husband for Father’s Day.
  • Preparing Family Meals Together — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares how she started the tradition of creating meals together with her children, which makes family gatherings more fun.
  • It’s a trap! — Lauren at Hobo Mama shares the innovative snares her son and husband have set for her.
  • How To Make The Most Of A Very Wet Summer — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shows us the first few weeks of the Summer Camp At Home project for keeping boredom at bay.
  • Creating with… well, what do we have? — If necessity is the mother of invention, Momma Jorje thinks perhaps boredom is (or at least can be) the mother of creativity. In a pinch, she got creative with a household item to entertain herself and her toddler.
  • Creating Joy! Felt Counting Fish and other Fun — Terri at Child of the Nature Isle started creating Felt Counting Fish and then fell down the rabbit hole of fun with a number of other games.
  • I Am Going! (A Code Name: Mama Homemade Theater Production of Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie book) — This might be the finest example of child and baby acting ever recorded. Enjoy this Mo Willems treasure via video from Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
  • DIY Summer Sleep Sack for Baby Tutorial — Shannon at GrowingSlower made an organic summer sleep sack for baby, and you can too with her easy tutorial.
  • Chalk It Up! — Amy at Anktangle recounts how an impulse buy has turned into a fun collaborative activity that she hopes will continue to foster creativity in the whole family.
  • The Family Garden — Excited that her son has been a big help in the garden this year, Ana at Pandamoly shares how her garden grows and offers up some secrets on how a toddler can be a great assistant in the garden.
  • Getting my craft on — In a guest post at Natural Parents Network, Jona at Life, Intertwined takes a trip down memory lane — and finds it in stitches.
  • Easy DIY Sandpit for Toddler Play — Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares her easy DIY toddler sandpit tutorial.
  • Building Without Nails — Laura at Laura’s Blog builds a swinging bar using just sticks and twine.
  • Family Talent Show — Erika at Cinco de Mommy holds an after-dinner family talent show.
  • Ar matey! Fun and Learning with Pirate Play. Positive Parenting Connection is sharing lots of really fun Pirate-themed learning activities for the whole family.

9 thoughts on “Making Glasses From Children’s Art

  1. You always have the best crafty ideas. I just got out our small mason jars to use as drinking glasses (b/c we’ve managed to break our other ones) – I might have to paint some, just so we can tell them apart ;)
    ~Dionna @ CodeNameMama.com

  2. What a great idea! I had never thought of transferring the designs freehand with paint. I wonder if that would work for me or not. But it makes perfect sense for getting it onto glass! And you can choose the perfect pieces to transfer ahead of time, as opposed to having kids paint directly onto the glass. Thanks for sharing!

  3. What a great idea! taping the designs to the inside of the glass is a great idea, too! Thanks for the inspiration! (as I pin your post. . . let’s see if I ever add it to me “I actually did this Pinterest Pin” list!)

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