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Art Ideas For Kids – Cardboard Printmaking

I have been wanting to try simple printmaking with Molly for months after seeing Art Bar’s cardboard box animals earlier this year. Barbara’s project was fantastic beyond belief and definitely one of my favourite art ideas for kids pinned this year.

So Molly and I finally got to enjoy a bit of downtime at the weekend to experiment with cardboard, paint, and bits and bobs from around the house, and this is what happened…

cardboard animals

Inspired by Art Bar I took a craft knife to a thick cardboard box and cut it into some autumn leaf shapes, an acorn and a hedgehog of course, my favourite autumn critter xx (if you want to replicate these shapes at home just print this photograph and use as a cutting template)


I then laid out some autumnal paint colours and we searched the house for everything and anything – something circular, something straight, something we could drag along the paint and basically anything that would create interesting patterns.

The circular base of a glitter tube – tick


A fork! – tick


The edge of a discarded piece of cardboard – tick


A piece of eraser cut into a triangle – tick


The possibilities for print making fun are limitless – try a vegetable masher, a dish washing brush, splattering with a toothbrush or fingerprinting. Sky’s the limit – children will come up with the best ideas all by themselves!

Have fun making your mark on cardboard. And make sure to pop over to Barbara on Art Bar for more inspiring art ideas for children.

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