Editor’s Note: We are gearing up for Earth Day with some fun recycling crafts!
Would you like to make your art space look a little more artsy? One idea is to make some fun vessels that will inspire you to create. I like to call them “Serendipity Jars” because you just use the scraps around you to make something interesting – no planning – just have fun, and watch what evolves!
- Use miscellaneous containers that you might normally throw into the trash or recycling bin. For the three examples I’ve made here, I used: a mini Spaghettios(tm) can, a frozen juice container, and a plastic container from Chinese take out (Won Ton Soup).
- Wrapping paper or scrapbooking scraps.
- Crafter’s Toolbox white glue to make papier mache with the paper scraps.
- “No Sew” Glue (to glue on the doo-dads afterward).
- “Doo dads” (a CrafttestDummies term): miscellaneous scraps you have around: buttons, ribbons, charms, stickers, beads, etc.
HOW TO DECORATE YOUR VESSELS (papier mache style):
- Use a bowl to mix white glue and warm/hot water (warm/hot water dissolves the glue faster). The best solution to mix is 50% water and 50% glue.
- When glue is dissolved nicely, tear up your wrapping paper into pieces/strips 2″ wide and soak into the water/glue solution until paper is nice and wet (minimum 5 seconds).
- Place paper strip onto surface of container. Be sure to flatten it out. Wrinkles are okay, but you do need to flatten out any air pockets. It takes about three layers of paper to get a nice opaque coverage.
- NOTE: On my examples, I decided to use one wrapping paper style per container, but feel free to mix it up for a crazy-quilt style, using varied gift wraps for one vessel. On my largest vessel, I cut out the word “Serendipity” from a clear plastic shopping bag I’d been saving for a while. It ended up being a perfect add-on!
I like to cover the bottoms of the containers with the papier mache as well, so I let the containers dry upside-down (mouth-side down), with one side of the mouth propped up on something small to allow air inside the container as well.
DECORATING WITH “DOO-DADS”:
Once your vessel has dried, the real fun begins. This is where the serendipity aspect comes in. Use “No Sew” glue or other craft glue to add on your buttons, scraps, charms, etc. Wrap old ribbon scraps around the top and bottom of your vessel for more interest. Use old broken earrings or necklace charms as fun dangles or glue them on the sides as well. Look in your junk drawer for forgotten treasures.
And VOILA! You have a series of creative vessels to house your art materials like brushes, markers, pencils, etc. Having these on your art table will inspire you to get back to these materials and make more art. Creating an art space that inspires you is essential to keeping your inner artist child active and excited, ready to CREATE!