I’m always on the lookout for new crafts for kids, and recently I was at Michael’s and saw they had cork board sheets on sale. And immediately I thought how fun a canvas that would be for painting!
They are thin enough you can cut them to any size you’d like and really hold acrylic paint well. The best part is you can just paint them and hang them as artwork, or even make them functional and pin coupons or other notes to them. (And they’d make a great Mother’s Day gift!)
Once we got home, I cut the cork board into various sizes and then got out our acrylic paints and brushes. Then we just started painting!
First, Lucy painted a smaller cork board as a gift to me. So cute!
Lucy and I teamed up for the next painting. You’ve probably seen the adorable take on Pablo Picasso’s “Fleurs et Mains” you can do with kids. You just help your child make his or her handprint with paint onto the cork board, and then paint some flowers. It makes a great keepsake! We used to paint these on paper for Mother’s Day when I was a classroom teacher, but I almost think they stand out even more on the cork board.
And here’s a couple smaller handprints paintings with borders around the edges. I think these would make a really cute gift for Mother’s Day, maybe with some matching ribbon glued to the top for hanging?
Next, I’d love to try to figure out a way to make little cork board paintings into coasters. I’m on the lookout for some kind of finishing spray that would be water resistant. Hmm…maybe for Father’s Day.