Rubbish Painting!

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I wanted to call this post, Recyclable Painting. In fact I typed it all out with it in the heading. However Little Feet A kept calling it, Rubbish Painting all afternoon and so it kind of stuck. So Recyclable Painting was no more.

Welcome to our 

Rubbish Painting! 

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So how to get involved with some Rubbish painting? It's simple, households collect so many recyclable items. Depending on where you live, some have up to 4 or 5 bins per house, each for something separate. We have 4. One for cardboard, plastic, tins, one for glass, one for household waste and one for garden greenery. We collect our cardboard, plastic and tinned goods in a bucket near the back door and empty it daily into the big bin outside. I am always looking at those items and thinking if there is any way to use them in crafts. More often then not, I do find a way! So, as I was scrolling through Instagram one day, (it was actually probably more like 11:30pm, in bed when I should have been sleeping), I came across a post from @artbarblog about a recycled art wall. It was love at first sight! So much to Big Feet Daddy's despair I began to squirrel away items from our recycling in a bag in the dining room. More hoarding tendencies being illustrated here.... 

And so tells the story of how Rubbish Painting  was born. 

Every time I looked at this, I heard in my head 'You are what you eat!'

Every time I looked at this, I heard in my head 'You are what you eat!'

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What you will need: 

  • A large cardboard surface (we cut one from a large box)
  • Glue gun and glue sticks 
  • Recyclable items 
  • Paint
  • Paint palette
  • Paintbrushes 

Instructions:

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  1. Collect your recycling for about a week. 
  2. Cut out a large cardboard surface area. 
  3. Let your Little Feet design where each item will go on the cardboard by placing them on it. 
  4. Let the adult in the house heat up the glue gun and glue them onto the large cardboard canvas. 
  5. Set the cardboard canvas with, now stuck on rubbish upright against a wall. We did ours outside in the garden, propping it up against one of the large wooden fences. 
  6. Put paint in paint palette and gather your paintbrushes. 
  7. Let your Little Feet loose on the cardboard canvas and step back and enjoy the view. 

I always think that the sign of a good art activity, is when the materials you put out need replenishing regularly. This means that your Little Feet are really enjoying what has been put in front of them. There is no battle to encourage them to stay longer in front of it, they actually want to be there and explore more. I had just woken Little Feet B up from her nap. Normally it requires her a good half an hour to resurface properly without sporting a frown. But this afternoon she was excited to go straight outside armed with a paintbrush in both hands and happy to be involved painting the same pieces as her sister. Sure there was a little hustling with Little Feet A not wanting her to paint things on her side of the cardboard canvas, but there was really more then enough to go around.

The sun was shining the afternoon we did this and it was a beautiful afternoon. I don't doubt this helped kindle the love of this art activity. Little Feet A is very like me. If the sun is out, she is more or less always happy. Just like her mother.

So the sun was out, the paint was out and the rubbish hanging out.

A recipe for success! 

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Now your turn! Send us your Little Feet's masterpieces, we want to see them! 

How yummy are these colours?

How yummy are these colours?

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Paw-Feet wanted to get involved. I even discovered pink paint on his back after this. Innocent until proven guilty but I suspect Little Feet B, who always tries to get him involved!

Paw-Feet wanted to get involved. I even discovered pink paint on his back after this. Innocent until proven guilty but I suspect Little Feet B, who always tries to get him involved!

Spot the paint.

Spot the paint.