If you have twenty minutes to spare and a printer, you have to do this amazing gift for the holidays with your child. Personalized framed art is going to make grandma, or uncle teddy, or whoever it is, so happy. Seriously, this process is so simple and I have a new fantastic art supply to add to this list of my favorite art supplies.
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a piece of paper cut to the size of your frame (ours is 8×10)
Kwikstix paint markers (we’re hooked!)
a black and white printed pic of the artist
Invite your child to “paint” an entire white piece of paper with Kwikstix paint markers. I tell the kids, “You can do any design you want. You’re the artist. The only rule for this particular painting is that your goal is to cover all the white space on the paper.” I would stick with a small to medium size paper depending on the age of your child, so it’s not too lofty of a goal to fill the whole paper.
Kwikstix are great because they are actual tempera paint in a marker form. They go on super smooth and are really easy for little hands. The best part though is that they dry in 90 seconds, literally. I’m talking no mess.
This part was done independently. My daughter is 4 years old and she found it easy to manage the paint markers. If the paint stick got low inside it was easy for her to roll up more, just like chapstick.
We decided to add a little neon pink to a few white spots after Didi was done painting her circles. Sometimes choosing another medium when your child says they are done is a great way to keep them engaged and continue their work.
Get out the letter stickers and a cut out black and white printout of your child. I like to make a silhouette around the pic to add interest. I kind of wish I cut out the one you see here a little more but oh well. It’s still super cute.
I instructed Didi to pick an area on the top of her painting to add her name in stickers so there was plenty of room for her picture. You can add additional stickers, glitter, confetti, you name it. We kept ours pretty simple mostly because we only had about 20 minutes.
Didi wasn’t so keen on adding her picture at first because it covered her art, so we didn’t add glue. We just placed her picture on the art and carefully placed my favorite ikea tarsta frame on top. If you can’t get to ikea, I also love these plastic box frames. They are so old school but still look modern and fresh.
I hope you like this idea and give it a try. Happy Holidays! xo, Meri