Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gifts To Make With Kids: Part II

Here are a few more trays that Isabella, Max and I had fun painting last week. They really got creative with these and it will be interesting to see who they decide to give each tray to this Christmas.


Again, these trays were ordered from the Oriental Trading Company, but similar ones can be found at Michael's or Joann Fabrics.


I decided to paint one with red chalkboard paint from Hudson Paint, leftover from painting the Chalkboard Dresser.


Max got all intense and focused...for a few minutes at least.


I'm not quite sure what his inspiration was...but I see an "M".


Isabella and I also decided to try the "age metal finish" used on the DIY Architectural Letters on one tray...



...and painted a small stencil design on another. After the tray was dry I sanded quite a bit of the paint away to create an aged finish.


Finally, Isabella brushed metallic paint from Rust-Oleum onto the last tray. After drying she painted a stocking on it with the red chalkboard paint and used white paint for the fur trim. I love the texture she created on the trim!





Super cute, I'd say.

29 comments :

  1. I love these projects done w/ your kids. I think we're still a few years away from that. One of us still likes to eat crayons, paint, whatever medium is available. . .

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  2. Those are adorable! Looks like you have great help Janell. Could they come here and help me when they are finished?

    -Rene

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  3. Super cute indeed and super special!

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  4. I love the holidays... it's a great time to do fun projects with the family... this is a wonderful idea!

    xoxo

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  5. Okay my comment today is more of a question for Isabella and Max! Guys, where is mine? Or are you saving it to surprise me for Christmas?!?!

    These are great Janell! Love the stocking and the one for Santa! Too cute!

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  6. Okay my comment today is more of a question for Isabella and Max! Guys, where is mine? Or are you saving it to surprise me for Christmas?!?!

    These are great Janell! Love the stocking and the one for Santa! Too cute!

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  7. Children's art is dear to my heart. As a former school art teacher, I was constantly inspired by the fearless creativity of children. These are wonderful, and I think anyone would be pleased to receive them as gifts. Great job!

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  8. I wish I had children to do fun projects with. If I did this with the hubs he would paint a fish on his. Or a motorcycle.

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  9. I'm with Emily! My kids would probably be painting each other's faces! Isabella and Max did a wonderful job on the trays. Anyone would be delighted to receive something made from the heart!

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  10. Janell - they look great! What a good project to incorporate your kids into - the chalk paint is especially fun!

    Beautiful work Isabella and Max!

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  11. I really like the Fleur de Lys tray - It would look great anywhere and the colors really work. That tray for Santa is just awesome as well. Great project to do with the kids - I agree!

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  12. Those turned out so great! Can't wait to my little one can do things like that...I am afraid if I tried it now, I would be scrubbing paint off my walls!

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  13. Great inspiration!! Love the metal finish idea..and most of all crafty with your kiddos!!
    Maureen

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  14. I love the red one with the note from the kids! That handwriting is too sweet. Perfect for placing cookies in for Santa on Christmas Eve!

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  15. Max's eyelashes are going to break hearts one day! Fun craft...and love the arm decked out with Silly Bandz! Those things are EVERY.WHERE in my house!!!

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  16. Those are super cute! Love that you encourage your kids to be creative.

    We are going to have our first child in February and are naming him Maximus! :)

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  17. Love them Janell! I had to laugh at the silly bands. THey have been banned at our school :)
    XO

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  18. What a great idea! I may have found a craft project for Christmas break. :)

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  19. These turned out so well Janell! I think my favourite is the Santa one!

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  20. Very cute indeed! Love that you craft with your kids; some of my fondest memories are crafting (sewing, painting, whatever) with my mom and sister.

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  21. These are absolutely adorable and SUCH a good idea!!!! Seriously, I hope I can remember this idea for my future children. So dang cute.

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  22. What a fabulous project to do with your kids! You have two budding artists, Janell! I adore kid's artwork. Max certainly is focused on his painting. Cute photos. Love the "This is yours, Santa bye"! Your daughter is adorable, too.

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  23. I love this idea, I will definitely have to do this with my Sam!

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  24. Cute cute cute....love the Santas cookies red chalkboard one!

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  25. How adorable are these trays??? Love how they came out - you have two creative kids over there Janell! Have you come across any ginormous trays in your travels? I need one for my huge fabric ottoman (3'x5'). I'd love to use one of your tray desings like the quatrefoil!

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  26. Thanks everyone! And Lisa, the biggest tray I have come across is the bradford tray at PB, in extra large. I just looked online and they show one that measures 24" square, but I've been a larger rectangle version in the store. This is the style of tray I've used in a couple of my larger tray projects shown on this blog.

    Janell

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