As a kid we didn’t have tons of money for art supplies, but my parents were genius about utilizing whatever we had around the house for fun projects. One of my favorite things to use was cardboard. I’d repurpose a shoebox for an art project or make a cool fort out of several huge boxes with my five younger brothers (this was a daily event in my house). There wasn’t enough cardboard to go around!
To this day, cardboard remains a staple in my crafty house. I encourage you to save your boxes and make something wonderful out of them the next time you’re feeling inspired. Because trust me, you’re never bored with cardboard.
Image of an octopus (or image of your choice)
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Coat
1" wide paintbrush
Phone book pages
X-Acto craft knife
1. Cut out 6 of the bowl side pattern shape in cardboard
2. Cut out the base of the pattern in cardboard.
3. Using small bits of tape, tape the pieces together so they create the shape of the vase.
4. Squeeze Elmer’s glue where the edges meet so that it’s nice and sturdy.
5. Cut out pieces of phone book pages.
6. Using Elmer’s glue that has been watered down just a tiny bit so it’s easy to spread, start adhering your pieces of book pages to cover the entire bowl. Put several layers of phone book pages on the bowl to give it strength.
7. When the entire bowl is covered let it dry.
8. Cut our your Octopus or the image you chose.
9. Carefully paint the back of the Octopus with Elmer’s and glue in to place.