Sharpies, glue guns, and tinfoil (oh my)

My five year old has expressed a growing fascination with Sharpie markers.  Sadly, her obsession is evidently contagious because I find myself more and more enamored of the packages of different colored Sharpies at the store.  I have resisted the lure of buying the largest package, but I succumbed to buying the smaller pack of 8 brightly hued permanent markers.

Mostly because I found this super-cool art project and decided to try it for myself.  (Oh Pinterest, you are the devil.)

First things first with this project: you need a nice piece of thin cardboard.  I cut out the fronts and backs of cereal boxes, because being extremely frugal is how I roll.

Next, the kids drew an easy design in pencil on the cardboard.  Nothing intricate or overly detailed please, or you’ll find yourself muttering a few choice words under your breath later.  (I tell you these things, gentle reader, because I love you and so you can learn from my mistakes.)

When the drawing is finished use your glue gun and place a bead of glue over the pencil marks, making it more of a 3-D picture.

If you are feeling particularly brave, you can even let your kids wield the mighty glue gun, and they will think you are the most awesome adult of all time.  Until you tell them later that they can’t play video games and then they will turn on you faster than a pack of rabid hyenas.

After all the gluing, carefully place a sheet of regular tinfoil over the design.  Gently use your finger (or Q-tips) and mold the tinfoil over the raised glue.  No matter how cautious you are the tinfoil is probably going to rip.  Don’t panic, just place a second sheet of tinfoil over the first and repeat the whole process.

Trace over the raised design on the tinfoil with a black Sharpie.  If you have a Sharpie obsessed child, they will be in their element here and might possibly sing a little song under their breath to the tune of “Old MacDonald” that goes something like this:  “Eden likes to play with Sharpies!  Sharpies, Sharpies, Sharpies!”

After the drawing is outlined in black, feel free to color in all the crevices with the other Sharpies.  Be prepared for more singing.  For truly spectacular results color the whole cardboard, negative and positive spaces alike.  (Look how I just throw art terms around, like I know exactly what I’m doing.)  My children declined to do this, because they complained their hands were going to fall off.  To be fair, I gave them a really big sheet of cardboard to fill in.

Final step?  As always, admire your hard work.

If the sun hasn’t forsaken the state where you live, abandoning you to constant and incessant rain, place your artwork by a sunny window where it will look a lot like stained glass, and make you feel like a master artist.

And then double check that you unplugged the glue gun so you don’t trip over the cord and get glue all over your slippers.  (Once again gentle reader, learn from my cautionary tales.)

Happy crafting!

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8 Responses to Sharpies, glue guns, and tinfoil (oh my)

  1. Such an amazing idea! I will store this away for when my kids are a bit older.

    Oh, and I know what you mean about the colored Sharpies. I have to look away.

    • bunkersdown says:

      It’s getting harder and harder for me to look away, since my kids are getting older and supposedly more responsible. I’m a Sharpie addict on the edge, I tell you.

  2. I agree, Sharpies can be very tempting. I own a pack of 12… but thankfully my church owns the mega set and I am free to use theirs at any time. It helps stave off the desire to actually own a bucket so large they will dry out before they get fully used.

  3. Tammy says:

    They turned out so cute! You post made me giggle, because I have the same sharpie addiction. There is something about all the fun colors that draw me in. Although I have to confess, I don’t have your will power, we have a drawer full of them.

  4. Fun!

    I LOVE Sharpies. This post reminds me I need more.

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