Here's something you don't see much on my blog:
My kids, my home and an original project. I don't feature my kid's often because quite honestly they are very difficult to photograph and it's very hard to get decent natural lighting in my home.
You see the little light-haired one on the left in the photo below? Yeah, that's as good as it gets. She's always a blur. Ha ha!
But I don't really expect anything different - they're 2 and 3 and quite naturally they're wiggle worms. I can't get upset about them just doing what kids do, and to spare myself the stress, I often just don't bother trying to get them to be still and pose and all that good stuff. I'm sure I will when they're a little older but for now - I'm just going to leave them be.
So anywho - I let my kiddies paint freely about 3 times a week for as long as they want. For the past few weeks they have painting in autumn colors: red, orange, brown, yellow and even green. I felt it was pretty wasteful to just throw their art away and there are sooooo many paintings, hanging them up on the fridge would completely cover it
Our living room's autumn decor has been lacking this year. I guess some items have been misplaced so I decided to turn the kid's art into paper chains to help add to the decorations.
In case you need a refresher on how to make a paper chain:
1. Turn your paper to lay horizontally and cut it vertically into 1" strips. You can use a ruler and cutting board if you're looking for a perfect edge but I just free-handed it with some scissors.
2. Make a loop out of one strip with the painted side facing outwards. Make sure the ends overlap a little so you can staple it shut. You can also tape or glue the loop closed for a cleaner finish but stapling goes waaaaay faster if you have a super long chain to make.
3. Take another strip, slide it through the first loop you made. Close that strip to make another loop and staple it shut. Now you've got two links chained together.
4. Repeat step 3 with another strip through the loop you made.
5. Repeat step 4 over and over and over!
If you let your kiddies make the chain, glue dots or tape might be the safest way to go if you don't want them handling a stapler.
We've also made chain out of painted poster:
And even pages from a lone 1955 "N" encyclopedia decorated with marker in autumn colors: