Here's a bold statement for you:
Painting recycled boxes just might be one of my most favorite things to do. EVER. Like seriously......
it started with constantly being inspired by Pam Garrison's blog and instagram feed. I don't know her, but boy does she have a grasp on creating for pleasure. It's fun to see what she's always coming up with! One day she posted a picture of cardboard triangles she had been painting. I looked at the scraps left over from the new art journal pages I've been making from cardboard food boxes and thought I might as well use them.
After making leaves with some, I decided to take the rest of the scraps and paint bunting. Ya'll-this is so fun! Just writing about it makes me want to go paint something else. There's just something so therapeutic about using this little sliver of my brain that is far under-used......to look at these cardboard bunting pieces and try to make each one just a little different from the rest. FUN!T
So that's just what I did. I cut out a bunch of bunting shapes (no pattern needed, just cut away!) and then painted them with regular acrylic craft paint, the cheapest kind found at Wal-Mart or a craft supply store. I first painted them a solid color and let it dry. Then later that night I went back and doodled on the top with a different color. I tried to think of basic shapes when painting the top layer-like lines, triangles, arrows, circles, squares, etc.
Last I strung them up on brightly colored string and wrapped it around a piece of cardboard.
These made fabulous gifts for two of my best friends. :)
You should give this a try. I promise, it's great fun and easy!