Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

I admit, I am super excited about this week’s item. I am a big fan of art projects and am always looking for the next masterpiece to display in my office. So when the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge popped up with paper cups as the next creative project, I immediately thought it’s time to paint! I present to you, my mini artists-in-the-making, with Paper Cup Painting!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting


I always like to have canvases on hand to do major art projects a couple of times a year. They’re not always cheap, so I keep an eye out for sales or make sure to clip a Michaels discount coupon. The boys are pretty young, so I generally stick to washable paint for my own sanity, although it doesn’t cover as well and being washable means that I need to take care to not put finished items where they can get wet or otherwise damaged.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting

Painting is always a big hit for my kids and they’re mostly used to finger painting or using a brush. I was super excited to incorporate shapes and stamping with this project and they just loved seeing what the paper cup could create. They used the tops and bottoms and even started swirling and spreading the cups for different effects. Then somebody went “It’s a caterpillar!” and the project took on a whole new meaning with mommy adding eyes, antennae and legs to their creations. Finish it out with a couple of hand prints and these newest masterpieces are bringing a whole new level of awesome to my office. The boys loved every minute!

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Be sure to spread the paint a bit so it can cover the cup.

J started out very methodical, and very carefully chose placement for his circles, while B was more creative in his approach and tried different methods to get different results with the cups.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
They each had enough cups for each color of paint they had, although they seemed to enjoy mixing the paint more. If the paint cups got too messy, I swapped them out for new ones and they continued on their merry ways.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup PaintingThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
 THE FINISHED PRODUCT
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
B – Caterpillar Lover and Texture Explorer
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Paper Cup Painting
J – Methodical Starter and Rogue Smearer
Do you have any neat projects that incorporate paper cups? Please share and add them to the link up below! Also be sure to check out the blogs of my gal pals to see their creative paper cup projects:

Comments

  1. says

    What fun! I even think my kids would enjoy this and they are a little older. I may just have to try it with them! Thank you for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board.

  2. says

    This looks like such a fun project!!! I love how the personalities of each boy really came out – it’s so interesting to see how children approach things so differently…

    • says

      Isn’t it? Despite my OCD, I am really starting to love these “free range” art projects that allow them to explore their creativity in their own unique ways.

  3. says

    Love this series, for real. We haven’t made anything with paper cups, so I can’t link up. The artwork created by your kids is so cool. I don’t know if Bee would actually do much with it, but I can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    Your co-host from Creative Style Linkup ~~April~~

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