Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kids Art Portfolio

When I was in high school I had an art portfolio.  I loved keeping it in my room and feeling like a real artist storing my pictures and sketches in it.

I thought I would give my son the same opportunity to have a real art portfolio.  I took an old Fed Ex box and cut the large sides off.  I asked my son to paint it however he wanted.

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After the paint dried, I punched a hole in the middle of three of the sides.  Place the unpunched sides close together, but keep a little bit of space (about an inch).  Tape them with wide masking tape or duct tape. 

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Cut six pieces of yarn or string the same lengths.  Tie each piece to a hole.  Now you will be able to tie the sides together.  I left the top untied for Cole.  This way he can slide his pictures in and out without Mommy having to tie and untie. 

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I also made little handles for him, too.  I just took the same tape and put it sticky side up.  I folded over the middle just halfway onto itself.  I left the ends unfolded, so I could attach the handles to the portfolio.

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Here is the finished product and the proud owner. 

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Try it.  It was a lot of fun!  Cole is now a “big boy” artist.

Kim

13 comments:

  1. My daughter would love this! She wants to be a painter when she grows up.

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  2. very cool. I can imagine what my kids would try to stuff in it.

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  3. His painting is GREAT...the colors and patterns it took on...he should be very proud! Cute idea too! I have been just using a manilla folder for girlie, this is way cooler!

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  4. Oh, that's so adorable! Look at how proud he is!

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  5. My daughter wants to be "Georgia O'Keeffe" so this would be perfect for her;)

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  6. I love it. I like the storage. Pictures can last only so long on the fridge before I start getting antsy about all the clutter!

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  7. This is a terrific idea! We made one out of a file folder - the children painted it on the outside. Yours would probably hold up so much better and keep large pieces of art.

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  8. Love this - it's getting linked tomorrow on my familyed blog :)

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  9. This is a great idea! I'm always looking for places to store the kids' artwork!

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