Homemade “Thank You” Notes (or Recycled Art)

If you’re like me, you’re not sure whether to keep all the art projects your child creates. I go back and fourth. On one hand, I hate to toss Sophie’s work. But on the other, there will be many, many more projects to keep.

So recently when Sophie decided to create several dot paintings, instead of tossing them in the recycle bin when she was asleep, I came up with an idea! I decided to turn her artwork into homemade “thank you” cards for her birthday presents. Let me show you what I did.

Here’s Sophie, happily dot-painting away.

Here is a finished product (what colorful work!). I take this and…

Cut them into long, thick strips like this:

Then I cut it to fit the envelope size. This is a great way to use up those extra holiday card envelopes. (I don’t know why, but I seem to have an abundance of envelopes without matching cards.) I added a little “Art by Sophie” on the bottom corner and write the note on the back.

And there you have it – an easy, inexpensive, homemade “thank you” card that uses those pieces of art you hate to toss out.

In case you’re wondering (because I’m sure you are), I’ve taken to decorating my kitchen with Sophie’s school painting projects. I love all the different colors and techniques they use at school.

So as you see here, I took three very different and colorful paintings and used them to cover my “desperate-for-resurfacing” kitchen cabinets.

These art projects are on the kitchen wall, which would otherwise remain blank.

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