Welcome and thank you for stopping by to see how to bring a fun DIY Kids Art Décor Project inspired by the 1965 Ford Mustang ornament by Don Palmiter for the June 2015 Featured Artist for the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Club into your arts and craft lessons. This fun family hands-on craft focuses on making memories, just like the artist who was inspired to create this ornament about hot rods was. We like to make great memories in our home too, so I used this ornament as the inspiration to create this hands-on project as we learn about Don Palmiter as an ornament artist as part of the Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series for the June 2015 monthly Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist.
We are a family that likes to think outside the box a little when it comes to giving gifts. One of the things that we like to do a lot is to make handmade gifts when the occasion is right. When we saw the hot rods of this month’s featured artist I just had to make a fun gift with my son for his best friend’s birthday. So, Beck and I set out to make this fun DIY Kids Art Décor Project craft and hope that you will enjoy making one for yourself as much as we have!
To make your own 1965 Ford Mustang inspired DIY Kids Art Décor Project craft for this month’s Featured Keepsake Ornament Artist you will need the following materials and supplies:
- Picture Frame with matting
- Toy Mustang (not too large, and could be any type of car or truck)
- Toy car with big wheels to paint with
- White Acrylic Paint
- Glow in the Dark Puffy Paint
- Red, Green, Black, and Yellow Puffy Paint
- Black Cardboard Mounting
- Mod Podge
- Foam Paint brush
- Brown Felt
- Craft Glue
- Disposable Plate or Bowl
To make your own 1965 Ford Mustang inspired DIY Kids Art Décor Project craft for this month’s hands-on craft project, start by putting some white acrylic paint in a disposable plate or bowl. Then, liberally roll your toy car with big wheels in the paint to get a lot of paint on the wheels.
Allow your child to roll the first letter or their name out in the paint on a piece of black cardboard mounting. Apply as much paint as you need to in order to let them create their whole letter, but make sure they are not going so large that their letter will be under the matting of your picture frame. Then, allow it to dry. Once it is dry, use glow in the dark puffy paint to make the center dividing line of your letter like a road has. Then, allow the glow in the dark puffy paint to dry.
Once the puffy paint is dry, apply mod podge over the entire area to seal in the paint. Allow the project to dry completely.
Next, remove the glass from your picture frame and place it aside or dispose of it, whichever is safest in your house. I have another project in mind for mine, but you will not need the glass in this craft. Install the matting around your letter. And place it in your frame. Be sure to close all the clasps of the frame.
Next it is time to make a fun little traffic light. Cut out the outline of a small traffic light like the one in the picture. Then, apply black, red, yellow, and green puffy paint to make your signal. Allow the puffy paint to dry.
Once the puffy paint is dry, use craft glue to attach it to your project wherever you want to. Then, use craft glue to attach your toy mustang to the end of the letter to look like it made the letter.
Voilà! Your DIY Kids Art Décor Project is ready to be hung or given as a gift from the heart inspired by the talents of Don Palmiter!
Don’t forget to check out all the other Exploring Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Artist Series fun either!
How did yours turn out? Why not drop by and share yours with everyone today!