Fun and Boredom-Busting Decoupaging Ideas For Kids
Decoupage may be a grown-up craft, but it can be simplified enough for children to participate in too! With their smaller hands, children are often capable of very fine work with practice. Depending upon the age and artistic inclination of the child, you may want to make a few allowances.
It’s best to think it through so that they can work with your guidance, but actually perform each step themselves.
Boys as well as girls can enjoy decoupage, and as many young boys are fascinated with small detailed items, they can be particularly adept at this sort of work. Decoupage can be helpful in developing hand-eye co-ordination as well as powers of concentration.
Once you have introduced them to the techniques, most children can be left to do projects alone, so long as someone is available for advice if they run into problems. If you aren’t yet competent at decoupage yourself, you can learn together. Teamwork is always a good idea!
What Kind of Images are Best for Kids to Work With?
Look for fun, colorful and whimsical images! You can get them from a variety of sources – things like gift wrap paper, magazines…even comic books will provide a good supply of images and, generally, the bold pictures will be easy to cut out (if you’re not saving them for collector’s purposes.)
Provide Child-Friendly Base Items to Work With
Children will usually prefer decoupaging different types of items to adults. Case in point – They might not find serving trays appealing, but a lunchbox, tissue box, waste can or something to put trinkets or treasures in – that might be a winner.
For a first project, it’s best to start with something small,or centered around a holiday. Take Easter eggs, for example – that would be perfect as they get into dyeing them, this will take it one step further!
Safety and Supervision
With a little forethought, decoupage is one of the safest crafts children can be involved in and it’s simple enough for them to produce pleasing results. For very young children, you can use safety scissors with rounded ends. they may not cut smaller areas accurately so you will need to choose simple images and shapes to work with.
Rather than using varnish or lacquer to finish, it’s safer to use glue or Mod Podge instead. Getting rid of air bubbles which is common with the glue, can cause the greatest problems and the easiest tool for most children to use will be a spoon or spatula.
They can use one of those foam brushes for application; they come in varying sizes. Also, a pair of long handle tweezers is great for picking up gluey pictures easily.
As kids tend to get bored easily, it’s worth taking a few moments to plan how the project is going to be done so they spend as little time waiting around as possible. For example, instead of cutting out all the images first and then after painting a surface, sitting around waiting for it to dry, paint the object first and the cutting can be done while it’s drying.
Or you can have two projects on the go at once (like one wastebasket, and a pencil can) so that they can switch between them.
Creative Commons Image Attributions: Images courtesy of Elin B.