What You Need:
- One Canvas (We used 11x14)
- Paint (For the base of the canvas)
- Several of your children's small toys
- Spray Paint (For the toys- paint for plastics would be ideal)
- Glue (We used hot glue)
The Step By Step:
The first step is to gather your supplies. This may be trickier than in other projects because some of those supplies are your children's toys. R was absolutely fine with us raiding his toy bins, and even suggested things to add. We used mostly cheap dollar store toys from his stash. You could also use toys that have seen better days.
Arrange your toys on the canvas. Make sure you have enough. Experiment with layout. It's a good idea to take a picture of the layout you decide on for later reference.
Spray paint the toys. We used Krylon Fusion for plastics. It also works on other materials, but cuts out the prep work. We've previously tried regular spray paint on plastic toys and it wasn't pretty. My advice would be to invest (around 5 dollars) in the paint specifically for plastic for the best results. R got to use spray paint for the first time ever during this project. It was hard for him to hold down the trigger long enough so we helped him.
As the toys are drying, paint the canvas. This is a perfect job for a willing child. We used acrylic paint. Be sure to paint the sides of the canvas as well!
After everything is painted sufficiently and dry, rearrange the toys on the canvas. Get them just how you would like them and then remove one toy at a time to glue down onto the canvas. Work your way around the edge of the heart and then complete the inside.
So what do you think? Would you consider making one of your own?