February 08, 2012

Toddler ‘Masterpiece’

Normally, I am not a big fan of abstract, but when my 14-month old creates abstract art I love, love, LOVE it! Just look at her beautiful masterpiece {remember, art is in the eye of the beholder}!!  The best part of this project is that it is mess-free for your toddler…not so much for the mama.

Toddler ‘Masterpiece’

Freezer bag
8 x 10 flat canvas
Acrylic paint – be sure to get a “pop” color
8 x 10 frame

Step 1:  Squirt on generous amounts of paint onto the canvas. At the end, I wished I had added more of the pink for my “pop” color and less dark colors – so don’t make my same mistake!

Step 2: Carefully place canvas into the freezer bag and seal the bag.

Step 3: Pass it over to your anxious toddler and let her mush and push the paint around. Nora added a couple of pats and shook it around a little bit before she was done with it.

Step 4: Take a look at the artwork and help your toddler out by pushing the paint around to cover any bare edges.

Step 5: Cut the freezer bag away from the canvas {this is the messy mama part}. Note: do not attempt to slide it out – this will result in the paint scraping off!

Step 6: Let it dry, until it’s dry.

Step 7: Add a coat of Mod Podge and let that dry.

Step 8: Frame and display!


  1. This is an awesome idea! Anna is obsessed with painting, but I'm not crazy about the huge mess she makes. Problem solved!! And Nora's artwork is lovely!

  2. Don't know if my last post posted. I love this and i don't have kids. Might try it myself! I need new art for my wall! :)