September 23, 2013

Recycled Cardboard Turned Into Canvases

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the gallery wall I've been attempting to create next to my three-year-old's bed.  Well, I'm still at a bit of a stand-still, but I haven't had much time to work on it.

Recycled Cardboard Turned Into Canvases @ Blissful Roots

Anyway, as I was looking for things to use on the wall,  I found this vintage ABC scrapbook paper and fell in love with it.  I guess it's the teacher in me, but I have a hard time passing up anything alphabet-related.  I wanted it on the wall, but wasn't sure how to use it.  Well, I'd bought the cutest clock at Ross for $8 (such a deal!!), and as I was about to throw away the clock packaging, I noticed the color and shape of the cardboard it came in.  It was square, yellow, and the perfect size!  I put a fun striped paper behind the ABC paper, and then mounted it on the cardboard.  Presto!  An instant canvas for nothing!!!

Recycled Cardboard Turned Into Canvases @ Blissful Roots


Here's a better shot of what the cardboard box looks like.  I love how it is light-weight, and adds dimension to the ABC artwork.  

After my discovery, I got looking around and found all sorts of cardboard lids and boxes that could be used as a canvas.  If you have any old puzzle boxes, game boxes, shoe boxes, food boxes, whatever kind of box or lid you can find lying around, don't get rid of them, at least without taking a second glance at them.  You might have to paint the box or lid, and the shapes and sizes will vary, but you there's a lot of possibilities in them.

Recycled Cardboard Turned Into Canvases @ Blissful Roots

I'm so excited with how this turned out!   My only problem now is getting it to work on the wall.  I did put up another ABC (once again, my alphabet addiction) canvas above his bed, so I don't know if I'll really need this one on his gallery wall, but I'll find somewhere for it.

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19 comments:

  1. Great idea! I love the paper you chose for it, too! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to "meet" you!

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    1. So nice to "meet" you too, Julie! Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment. I'll be "seeing" you around. Enjoy your day!

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  2. No way~! What great way to reuse the packageing! Good for you! What a fabulous alphabet. Have fun finding a spot for it....
    :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

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    1. I still don't have a spot for it! I sometimes get ahead of myself- I create before I know what I actually need. Thanks so much for stopping by, Crystelle! Come back anytime.

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  3. The kindergarten teacher in me loves that ABC paper! And I love how you created art for your little ones room from trash. Awesome idea!

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley. So, the ABC obsession is a teacher thing! At least lower grade teachers (I taught first). Thanks so much for your kind comment. I love that this was created from trash as well! Have a wonderful day!

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  4. Super cute! Thanks for the savy tip! I am working on things for my kids also. I've got the ABC's like you did from Richard Scarry's Alphabet book. I'll post it soon.

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    1. Hi, Emily! I can't wait to see your Richard Scarry ABCs. Where did you end up finding them? Thanks so much for stopping by. Enjoy your day!

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  5. Very smart idea...
    I recently found your fun blog and I became addicted quite fast. (ok stalker?) went back through every post over the last few days..lgreat blog! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Hey, Rach! So glad to "meet" you, and so glad you like Blissful Roots. You never know if what you like and post about will be of interest to others, so thanks for letting me know. Come and stalk anytime! Have a wonderful day!

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  6. That is very clever. And love the ABC print you found!
    xo,
    Anjana.

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    1. I'm completely in love with it too. Thanks so much for visiting, and for your comment. Happy Tuesday to you!

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  7. Could you please tell us where you purchased the adorable ABC wrapping paper? Thank you,
    Georgeann, Carrollton, TX foresterfamily@verizon.net

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  8. Well isn't that just brilliant! I love it!

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  9. This is such a great idea! I love making canvas related projects so I've got a whole new love for cardboard now! Would you mind to link this up to my Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop? This is the perfect tip for our crafty readers! Thanks and have a great week!

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