When you do something new (that you love), aren’t you so proud of it!? One of the things I love about homeschooling our kiddos is seeing their excitement when they get something new for the first time. You have these moments all the time as parents. The first steps, the first drink out of sippy cups, and even the first #2 on the “big girl potty” are all big deals. Can you tell we have been potty training this summer by that last one?
This week, I let me boys do two things that I have always said no to in the past: spray paint and use a hot glue gun. They were on cloud nine. I was scared to pick up the camera and try to capture the moment for fear of my eye balls leaving them for one second, but they were fine. In this DIY initial art, my boys made new initials all by themselves that we are going to use in their room makeover.
The first step was to gather some supplies. We bought some large letters, collected bottle caps, found some spray paint, and got our hammer and hot glue gun out.
I did actually spray paint the letters my favorite color, while the kiddos were hammering the bottle caps flat. I liked the idea of the dark color being contrasted with the light color of the caps later.
All three had so much fun hammering the bottle caps flat. We talked about cause and effect, weight, and all kinds of good terms with this project. They got nice and sweaty and loved that they were able to actually do something in our workshop. Once we had a bowl of flat like bottle caps, we spray painted them a bright silver. NOTE: My kids were spray painting for seconds here, but I should have had a mask for them to wear! We now have bought some masks and will wear them spray painting always! Can’t be too careful!
After the spray paint dried, we started hot gluing them onto the letter. They glued them all random and filled in the letter in a non uniform way, not like I would have, but they did it all by themselves and are so proud. I’m so glad I kept my hands out of it, and let it be their project.
Of course the letters are a little messier than I would have done them, but that is ok. We are teaching them to create and make something on your own.
I love the 3d element of the bottle caps sticking off the letters and all being different heights and shapes pounded out. We are in the middle of doing a full on room makeover for the boys. I painted the room last week, and we have started to create decor like this for the room. As soon as we have some free weekends, we are gong to start building them a bunk bed tree house, that I can’t wait to share more with you.
If you too like bottle cap art, you might like a few of my other projects.
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are having a great week! Tomorrow, I will show you something I did that was NEW and SCARY for me this week.