Friday, April 22, 2011

how to make a soap box canvas

Happy Earth Day.
Recycling is a big part of what this day is all about...educating and 
inspiring everyone to be more mindful of the state of the Earth
and the many things,.....big and small, that we can do to help.

Here is a recycling project that I hope you enjoy.


For this project, use empty soap boxes or 
any other kind of box you can recycle.


Adhere masking tape along the opening and around the box.
This will make the piece a bit stronger.


To strengthen and to achieve a some-what neutral surface, 
use Mod Podge® to adhere pieces of book pages to the box.


Gather up your acrylic paints


Paint the box any color of your choice.
Here I am using  a lovely Folk Art® color called Jamaican Sea by Plaid®
Add more paint, collage items, rubber stamping, or doodling to the box.



Paint or collage directly on the soap box canvas, or make a copy
of your original art work and adhere it with Mod Podge®.


Display and enjoy.


29 comments:

Michelle LaPoint Rydell said...

OMG this is soooo COOL! How clever - and I just happen to have a bunch of those soap boxes! Thanks for a groovy idea! and Happy Earth Day!!!

Militsa said...

Alma, thank you!! Wonderful boxes! It is pure joy and play :) Militsa.

morningDove said...

i love the whimsical people, great recycling idea.

Sung-Hee (Regina) Hong said...

OMG you're such an inspiration and this is crazy good tutorial !!!!!!!!! LOVE IT, thanks so much for these fantastic ideas !!!!

Liselm said...

Happy Earth Day, Alma. I love this project! I have a lot of boxes my tins of tuna come in that I can use to make original canvases with. :)

Claire said...

what a truly wonderful idea!!
and happy earth day to you too :)

Rosana Garcia Hess said...

lovely project...I´ll feature on my blog. hope you don´t mind
Happy Easter from Brazil

Candra said...

I love this! :]
I'll definitly keep this in mind next time I run out of canvas!

Heather said...

what a super fun idea. Now I want to buy lots of soap in boxes, lol

The Craft-Arty Kid said...

Great idea. These look awesome. I love your style

Michele said...

Very cute!

Susan Schmitz said...

nice idea. i use a version of this as a "worry box." it holds the slips of paper worries so the person doesn't have to. (I'm a psychotherapist). of course, it requires the box to be open-able so that processing the worries takes place eventually!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

FUN!!! Thanks for sharing this.

Christine said...

Love this!! Thanks for the clever idea!

CREATIVE MIND said...

I love creative People..so following your blog with Love :)
Stay happy

A Creative Dream... said...

This is such a great idea, I've been trying to come up with ways to use all of the "book guts" I have... I can't wait to give it a try!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

HawaiianLibrarian said...

Mahalo, Alma, for an EZPZ prep of boxes as canvas. I knew those soap, powdered beverage, & other little boxes would be fortuitous.

Isabelle said...

Ho I love this idea!! I will try it out, what a cool way to recycle and make art at the same time!! Love your collage style by the way!

The Dreaming Bear said...

Alma, these are just adorable! So whimsical!

Mod Podge Amy said...

SO fun - I love your characters. They are super cool! Love the color palette too.

:::b r a n d i::: said...

Great idea! Saw you on Mod Podge Rocks today!

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

This is so wonderful! Thanks for sharing such a thrifty idea. Your work is stunning!

Craft 4 Change said...

Beautiful work...saw you on Modge Podge Rocks! Thanks for the idea, I'm going to use this for a kids craft group I lead at an apartment village for formerly homeless families.

Anonymous said...

This is great! Bored on Sunday and decided to do this with an empty tissue box - it looks lovelyyy!! Thank you for the inspiration

Oinkk said...

This is such a smart idea

Anonymous said...

hooray! I have a stupid number of bandaid, sultana and museli bar boxes just waiting to be turned into crafty goodness..you just gave them their destiny! Sooo podging on family photos and stuff. woot!

back.roads said...

What a wonderful, green idea! I love it! I just saw your tutorial yesterday and already have a boxed taped ready to go. Can't wait to get to the painting.

Donna Ellis said...

What a great idea! this has given me more ideas, too! Thanks for showing your blocks made with great pictures!

Carmen said...

Great idea, thanks.

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