We’ve all read that coloring and “adult coloring books” are good for the mind and stress-relief, but what should you do with your coloring books filled colored pages? Are you the type of person that prefers to make “useful” crafts?
Did you know that you can turn your colored masterpieces into items like coasters, furniture and more, Today we are going to share some projects to get those beautiful colored pages out of your coloring books and into fun projects that can be used and enjoyed.
Grab some tiles at the local hardware store (they are less than 20 cents a piece), some Mod Podge and cut down your coloring pages, and with this tutorial or this tutorial you will have a set of coasters in no time. Finish up the edges of your tile by applying some Inka Gold by Viva Decor (available at P&P). The Inka Gold will give it a gorgeous metallic finish.
Upcycle some furniture
While hitting up the local garage sales this spring look for furniture pieces that could use a little upcycling. With some fresh paint and your colored pages added to it you will have a masterpiece in no time.
Mixed Media Projects
Cut out shapes from your colored images and work them into a mixed media canvas or art journal page. Grab a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen (available at P&P) to add some shimmer to your artwork.
Wrap a gift
Use your colored pages to wrap a small gift, cut out a piece to adorn a tag or card front. Note, you don't have to completely color the image - the white space can add visual interest to your creation.
Create a floral arrangement
Create a floral arrangement that even those without green thumbs can keep alive. Cut petal and flower shapes from your colored pages and glue on sticks you can gather from your yard. Pop them into a vase (again, a great item to pick up at garage sales or a thrift store).
Emergency Kit for Your Purse
Grab an Altoids tin or similar small container and upcycle it with your colored image. Fill it with a needle and thread, dental flosser, a mint or two, Shout Wipe, hair tie, bobby pin, antibacterial wipe, Advil or similar, bandaids, safety pins and more. Get the kids involved and make a few of these to give aunts and grandmas for Mother's Day.
Make a Bookmark
This is a simple craft that you can involve the kids with also. Cut a narrow strip, punch a hole in the top and add a tassel. If you have a rounded corner punch, you can use it on all four corners of your bookmark. Laminate it if you would like.
Make a Decorative Dish
This is another great idea for Mother's Day! Grab a small dish or two, mod podge your colored image to the dish. While not safe for food and handwashing, it would make a cute ring dish on a bedside table, perfect to hold keys in the entry way and more.
We hope you have gathered some inspiration on ways to use your colored images. Have you taken a page out of your coloring book and turned it into something else? We would love to see!
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