A Two-Kid Wood Collage

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Kids Wood Collage

Maia and Daphne created this wood collage yesterday, working on it off and on all day long. Maia was home sick from school and spent a lot of time on the sofa "sick bed," but also quite a bit of time gluing wood bits to a largish (2 feet by 2 feet) piece of wood alongside her sister.

The wood bits are from the DSS box I blogged about here. And the black wood is actually the old chalkboard from Maia's room. Together they make quite a minimalist yet striking artwork.

Kids Wood Collage

I think you know that we have plenty of art supplies around for self directed use. But Maia always asks for a proper Art Project on sick days. She did some drawing and cutting, but then wanted a little more direction. A project that was a little out of the ordinary. A little more Wow.

I set out the piece of black wood on a studio table as well as a basket of wood pieces, some wood glue in small dishes, and a couple of paintbrushes.

That's all they needed to get started.

Kids Wood Collage

Both girls worked on their wood collage for large swaths of time throughout the day. I cleaned and organized and paused now and then to photograph the progress.

Kids Wood Collage

Kids Wood Collage

Kids Wood Collage

Kids Wood Collage

Kids Wood Collage

Kids Wood Collage
Now the question is, can I hang this on the wall or will those vertical dowels fall off?

P.S. If you want to try a wood collage like this with your kiddos but don't happen to have an old DIY wood chalkboard lying around that has outlived its purpose, there are other options. You can buy a piece of wood at a hardware or mega home store; paint it black if you like. Or use a piece of black foam core, a piece of cardboard or matboard, or even possibly a canvas.

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11 Comments

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    Jen
    May 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Perhaps drill a little wood screw through the back, into the dowels so they don’t fall off?

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    stacy
    May 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

    this looks like so much fun!

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    Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    May 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Don’t hole me to it, but I think the dowels will hold, especially since you used wood glue. It’s pretty strong stuff.

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    Julie LIddle
    May 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Don’t HOLD me to it. Not HOLE. oops.

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    Katie
    May 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I remember doing something like that (on a smaller scale) in grade school when we learned about Louise Nevelson. It would be fun to paint the whole thing black. And then, maybe after sitting with it for a while, letting the kids loose with colorful paint, too…

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    julie R
    May 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I LOVE this. I want to do a wood collage :)

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    molly
    May 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I love this. Nice that they had so many pieces of wood to really work on it and fill it up. I hope Maia is feeling better.

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    Rebecca
    May 5, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    Wow, how uncanny I just ordered a bag of wood shape pieces from DSS this week and was thinking of doing a collage project with the kids at my art studio(www.studiosproutsantacruz.com)and I happened to run across this post because I hit your home page while looking at other nature craft ideas for inspiration. Looks like tons of fun. I was thinking liquid watercolor and a coat of mod podge might look nice too! I love your site and all your ideas. Keep ’em coming and Thank You so much!

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    Ashlee
    May 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Gosh, I love every part of this. Are you going to have them paint it?

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    A Facebook User
    May 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I find you very talented. As you learn a lot.. http://oakleysunglasseshut.org/

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    New Baby Gifts
    June 22, 2012 at 7:51 am

    A great idea. You’re so lucky to have a separate playroom where the kids can be messy.

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