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Modern Kid Art: Valentine Graffati

Last Thursday morning I was standing in the kitchen dealing with two delimmas:

  1. The natives were getting restless and I’d yet to make a plan for entertaining them.
  2. Our fridge, which is not enclosed and thus has a big, ugly exposed side, was making me twitch. (This is actually an ongoing dilemma, not especially specific to last Thursday but it was extra annoying that morning… possibly because I’ve recently given up my morning iced coffees?)

As I saw it, I had two options:

  1. Channel my inner Ana or Mandi, haul the kids to Home Depot, and get supplies for doing something akin to this.
  2. Go the lazy route and enlist the kids to help create some massive Valentine art to cover the eyesore.

Guess which option I chose.

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I’m crafty and all but let’s not get carried away (especially without my beloved coffee) – massive art it was.

Task #1 was to find a suitable canvas.  We have rolls of craft paper in our new play/art room setup but the idea of making kid graffati was already forming in my head and I wanted something a bit more urban.  So I deconstructed a paper bag from Trader Joe’s (admittedly this choice wasn’t a lot more urban – but we use what we got).


Then I broke out a few rolls of washi tape and made a quick design – I’m kind of diggin’ arrows for Valentine’s Day 2013.


Task #2 was to arm the kids with paint and brushes.  We chose from our stock of tempera paints (we have these but I also love the price of these) – yellow, pink, and purple.


We started with normal paint brushes but it soon became clear that this was a job for the big guns – Little Hands Funky Brushes.


Yep, that’s the stuff.


When the painting ceased it was time to lift the tape.

Tip: I find relief painting works best when the tape is removed while the paint is still wet.  We actually had some issues with the paper tearing in some of the parts where the paint dried.  Of course that just added to our urban chic aesthetic.




There now, isn’t that better?  Of course I’m going to have to come up with a new plan in about two weeks when the love motif is no longer seasonally appropriate (sigh).

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Question of the day: 

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a) It’s all about the ladies – you get to sit back and enjoy being spoiled.

b) You do your share of the romancing too – getting to be surprising and creative is part of the fun.

c) The big day will probably be celebrated quietly at home with take out and a movie.

d) None of the above (please elaborate in the comments!)



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Mandy February 5, 2013 at 6:08 am

Living over here in Germany, we don’t have many opportunties to get out alone together, so C is the answer for us. However, I still like to try and surprise my husband by hiding little notes in his clothes drawers, his car seat, the fridge, etc to make him smile.


Brooke February 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

Where do you live in Germany! I live in Germany too. :) We’ll be opting for C also and maybe a date sometime in the month of February if we can arrange for friends to babysit!


Stacey February 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

We have the same refrigerator problem! I may just have to try the graffiti route!

As far as Valentine’s Day… it tends to be a take out and movie kind of event for us. I have had lots of fun lately, making it a bigger family than couple holiday. I decorate the kitchen the night before so the girls come down to balloons and streamers and we all have a big yummy breakfast. Super fun for all!


mpmk February 5, 2013 at 12:31 pm

I really like that idea of making it a big family love fest.

So don’t laugh, but I was watching an episode of “Sister Wives” and they were talking about how they do this because it gets way too complicated to make it a romantic holiday for them and I thought, “that’s kind of a nice idea” :).


April February 6, 2013 at 12:41 am

We actually don’t really do anything too elaborate. My husband and I always said that Valentine’s Day should come about once a week. We want to make sure to show one another that we love the other deeply more than just one time a year. With that being said, I still do enjoy making a yummy meal plus dessert that we can enjoy at home. Ah, love. :)


Tracy February 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Trapped home in a blizzard for days and my son is grounded from all electronics. I was desperately looking for something for him to do before I completely lost it! Thank you! This idea saved my sanity!


mpmk February 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I know that panicked feeling all too well – happy too help!


Canvas Art March 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

What a great design, simple and easy, but refreshing. I really can’t wait til my kids are old enough to start a project like that. Some great tips you have here, and I think Id vote for option a).


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