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Giant Cardboard Gingerbread with Homemade Puffy Paint Piping


I came across Heather Klausa’s Instagram @MAKEartStudios right after she produced these awesome giant cardboard gingerbread persons working with homemade puffy paint piping. I asked her if she would possibly want to create about them and share her method on my weblog, and she stated YES!! I’m feeling so fortunate. Thank you, Heather, for indulging me!

Study on to discover about how these had been produced!

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Right here is Heather, in her personal words…

Like so numerous persons, I was swept up in the awesome suggestions from Barbara’s book, Art Workshop for Kids. My students and I (as nicely as my complete family members) constructed our fair share of giant cardboard cakes this summer time. We took points in a distinctive path this week when we filled piping bags with homemade puffy paint and went to town on some giant cardboard gingerbread persons.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Supplies required to make Giant Cardboard Gingerbread:

~ Cardboard

~ Scissors

~ A wide variety of trimmings (confetti, pom-poms, ric-rac, beads)

~ Puffy paint (recipe under)

~ Piping bags or Ziploc baggies

~ Popsicle sticks

~ Clothespins

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

1st points initial, go and collect all of these cardboard boxes that are crowding your recycling bin and draw out a uncomplicated gingerbread particular person. If cutting curves on thick cardboards send shivers down your spine, use an old cereal box. The thinner cardboard functions fantastic and is less difficult to reduce.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Subsequent, mix oneself up a batch of puffy paint. We retain it uncomplicated right here and just gently mix with each other two components shaving cream with 1 element white glue. This holds up just fine for our purposes and my personal little ones get pleasure from creating it themselves. I split this batch up and even added some liquid watercolor to add some wide variety in colour.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Prepare your piping bag by snipping off the tip initial. To fill the bag, hold the bag in the middle and fold the top rated half down more than your hand to open it up. With a popsicle stick or spatula, scoop the puff paint and push it into the bottom of the bag. Scrape any excess paint against the side. You will want to only fill the bag about two/three to three/four of the way up. Twist the top rated of the bag as soon as and gently “burp” the bag by adding a bit of stress to eradicate any air bubbles that may well have gotten trapped just before piping. I added a clothespin at the top rated to enable retain the bag closed.

NOTE: If you do not have any piping bags laying about, a uncomplicated plastic baggie would perform nicely as well, just reduce the tip off 1 of the corners.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

I gave a small demo of the piping bag, stressing that you should really hold 1 hand on top rated, squeezing close to the clothespin and 1 at the bottom, guiding the bag exactly where to go. My youngest (three years old) remembered finest when we reminded him that 1 hand was the kid in the backseat and 1 hand was the daddy driving up front. I was shocked at how swift the littlest ones figured this out.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Following filling a divided container with paper scraps, pom-poms, ric-rac, sequins, beads, and what ever else we had laying about we armed students with popsicle sticks to enable frost and they went to town. They loved spreading thick and thin layers of puff paint, layering embellishments and discussing which many craft supplies represented the assortment of cake decorating supplies they had been familiar with. Black circles had been chocolate chips, vibrant paper scraps from the shredder had been sprinkles, and beads had been red hot candies.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Youngsters caught on to the piping bag relatively immediately and ages three-10 (as nicely as myself) had been deeply absorbed in making masterpieces nicely into the afternoon.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

My little ones loved this encounter so a great deal that I took it a step additional and I shocked them with an oversized cardboard gingerbread residence right after naps.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

HOT TIP: A small hot glue goes a lengthy way with an oversized cardboard gingerbread residence. They went to town piping, “frosting”, and decorating. My boys in particular loved piping icicles on the roof line and watching them drip additional and additional towards the table.

Kids use homemade puffy paint to decorate giant cardboard gingerbread men and cardboard gingerbread houses.

Tag me on Instagram @makeartstudios if you give it a shot so I can see what suggestions you and your persons come up with!

~ Heather

Heather Klausa from MAKEart Studios.

A small about Heather…

Heather received a BFA from The University of Illinois in Art Education and then a different in Painting right after finishing up at the University of Verona, Italy. She is a certified art educator and have been teaching in the public elementary schools considering the fact that 2005. An achieved art educator for the previous 12 years, she has worked in Hinsdale, Villa Park and Riverside teaching art from pre-college to higher college. Heather founded MAKE in 2017 to offer little ones, teens, and adults alike a wide variety of possibilities to engage in meaningful and engaging art experiences. She loves staying house complete time these days with her 3 young children, and is enjoying teaching on a smaller sized scale out of her house studio in the suburbs of Chicago. She largely paints but dabbles in something else that crosses her path and strikes her fancy.

Stick to Heather on her inspiring Instagram feed exactly where she generously shares suggestions with the globe.

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