This is such a fun, easy craft for kids–and it’s doubly rewarding because you get to use something from your recycling box! You know those little foam trays that your grocery store uses to keep your veggies comfortable? Trader Joe’s, in particular, seems enamored with the excess packaging. Anyway, wash that foam and save it because now you’re going to need it.
Zeke and I spent a happy morning making prints. Make sure to cover your work space (I used paper bags–more recyclables!) because kids love to roll the paint around, and things can get messy. Also, if you want to write words in your design, remember to write your letters backwards. We actually used a hand mirror to make sure we were successfully mirror writing.
DIY Easy Printmaking
Recycled foam trays
Washable block printing ink (you can substitute acrylic paint, but the block printing ink is thicker and works better)
Blunt-ended pen or paintbrush
Step 1: Cover your work area. Printmaking gets messy!
Step 2: Trim off the curved edges of your foam trays so you have a flat surface.
Step 3: Plan your design (remember words need to be written backwards). Draw your design, pressing into the foam with the a blunt end of a pen or paintbrush.
Step: 4: Pool some paint and run your roller through it a few times so that the roller has an even coat of paint. Now roll paint over your design.
Step 5: Invert your design onto a piece of paper. Roll the back of the foam, evenly pressing your design into the paper.
Step 6: Gently lift your design. Voila! The roller and the foam should easily wash off with water.