Make a wall plaque
Age: toddler, child
Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun, Mind builder
Make a wall plaque and paint it to suit your room.
A wall plaque is a great way for your child to show off their creative skills. You can buy plaques made from canvas at art stores or even many discount stores but it’s more fun to make your own at home with the kids. The plaque is quite easy to make. It’s a good idea to make a few at a time so they are always on hand for your little artist.
To make and decorate the plaque you will need:
- Thick cardboard or large pieces of a cardboard box like those found at your local green grocer.
- Clear glue
- PVA glue
- Masking tape
- Small picture frame hangers
- White paint
- Coloured paints
- Optional – clear acrylic varnish
- Optional – fine sand paper
Putting it all together
- Cut 2-3 pieces of cardboard to the same size. If you are using a cardboard box you will not need as many layers to achieve the same thickness. A good size is 30cm x 25cm. This is large enough for a child to decorate and light enough to hang on a wall.
- Stick all the sheets together with the clear glue and secure the edges with masking tape.
- Paint over the whole plaque with a coat of PVA glue and leave it to dry.
- Stick one or two picture frame hangers to the back of the plaque with clear glue and leave them to dry completely. If the hooks have some extra length, then add a piece of masking tape to secure them even more strongly in place.
- Add a layer of papier mache newspaper strips soaked in the PVA glue over the entire plaque.
- If the plaque seems a little rough to you, then help the kids sand it lightly with some fine sand paper.
- Let the kids paint a coat of white paint on the entire plaque and let it dry. If you can still see the newspaper print then paint an additional coat of white.
- The plaque is now ready to decorate. Once it has been decorated you can seal it with a coat of clear acrylic varnish.
Kids are naturally creative so they will have no shortage of ideas for decorating a plaque. Just in case there is a little bit of creative block have a look at a few of the ideas we came up with:
- Stamp the kids hands and feet on the plaque with paint or ink and date them.
- Paint a picture using acrylic or poster paints.
- Help your child create a scrapbook wall plaque by choosing objects and pictures that are meaningful to them.
- Stick objects and pictures from a recent holiday or trip to the beach like shells, sand, paint in some waves and add a holiday photo.
- Create a plaque of the family pet.
- Use household items to create a picture. Choose from cotton wool, bottle tops, dried pasta, straws, match boxes, cotton buds etc…