For all you DIY-ers, we’ve got a really fun project for you and your little one to work on together provided by one of our Creative Contributors, Aaron Christensen of Embellishments Kids! Aaron shows us how to create charming animal sculptures for your child’s room using recyclables you already have at home. These are perfect for the little animal lover or safari themed kid’s room and offer a creative and crafty project for you and your son or daughter to do together! Check out the details from Aaron below and be sure to visit his blog, Embellishments Kids, for an awesome giveaway announcement!
Create fun fauna with everyday recyclables.
Take a long hard look in your recycling bin. It’s crawling with creatures great and small! Hopefully, not real ones, but fun future faux ones. Utilizing a few inexpensive supplies and some easy to follow instructions, you and your kiddies can imagine and create artistic fauna decor for their rooms.
As a kid space designer, it is my goal is to have every child’s room be an expression of their personality, creativity and uniqueness. Quite often, I’ll have the child work with me on a craft project or an art assignment that we will use as decor, in the room. Kids love to have their art and handicraft on their own walls. To inspire you, here’s a collection of animal sculptures I created using readily available recyclables.
Taking cues from the kid’s modern movement, your animals can be painted simply, monochromatic or decoupaged with colorful tissue or patterned fabric. An artistic zoo of animal sculptures would make a great party craft idea, school auction project or make for a fun room decoration.
A wide array of animals can be created with a little ingenuity and an eye for utilizing or altering the shapes of containers. For something different, cover them with old maps, dictionary pages, clip art or paint them with fun patterns.
Exploring a theme, for your menagerie, can enhance your existing room design or add an eclectic and artistic feel to the space. Ideas inspired by the a jungle, farm, forest or the sea can offer unlimited animal possibilities. Or, for something different, you can consider making robots, friendly monsters or aliens.
Step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates for the wall mounts and a supply list are provided on my blog found here.
Get your hands dirty, get crafty!
Aaron Christensen is an artist, designer and father of two. Through his company Embellishments Kids, he designs children’s rooms and spaces, products and creates art in his Portland, Oregon based studio.