I don’t want to brag or anything (yes I do), but Norah A. Babysaurus has the distinction of being the best painter in the baby room at her daycare. How so? She’s the only one who actually smears the paint all over the paper before she tries to eat it. (The downside to this is that she’s easily distracted from eating by smearing drips of baby food around her high chair tray.) It’s important to us to encourage her innate artiness, but there’s only so many paintings we can hang on the refrigerator or store in archival boxes to treasure forever and ever.
Instead, we can control the pileup and share her artistic genius with friends and family by sending notecards that feature Babysaurus originals. It’s a fun and simple way to put those childhood works of art to good use and surprise someone with some extra special snail mail. Smiles all around!
This project is nice for repurposing a child’s artwork (in this case the abstract expressionist works of an 8-month-old), but it’s not only for children’s work. Finger painting can be very therapeutic for grown-ups, too, if you catch my drift.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Artwork, created on paper or cardstock
- Plain notecards and envelopes — I used 4-bar sized cards (**two 8.5″ x 11″ paintings made a set of ten 4-bar cards)
- Craft glue
- Sponge or brush
- Ruler and scissors/craft knife OR a paper cutter
Begin by measuring and cutting your artwork to fit on the notecards. I measured mine 1/4 inch shorter than each the width and length of the card, so that I would have a 1/8-inch margin on each side.
Take one of the cut pieces and flip it over so that the back is facing up. Squirt craft glue all over the back, then use a sponge or brush to spread the glue evenly, all the way to the edges. Position the artwork over a notecard and press down so that the artwork adheres nicely to the notecard. Press and smooth from the center outward so that you don’t get bubbles or wrinkles trapped in the middle.
Let the cards dry between sheets of wax paper inside (or underneath) a heavy book for a day or two to help keep them flat.