Wednesday, March 11, 2009

"Make my Day"

Random acts of kindness....what a cool concept!!

As a Rowdy Grandma I introduced the grandkids to a project which allows them to pass on a little kindness. I call it "make my day", (I always had a thing for Clint Eastwood).....anyway it relates to an article I read a few years ago about a movement called Found Art.

The idea is to create small works of art and leave them in public places in the hopes when found by a stranger it will "make their day".

simple materials

One of the easiest projects we do for "make my day" is also a recycle project. It is simple, simple, simple...all you need is a brown paper bag, a glue stick and an old magazine. You don't even have to have scissors. I love the effect of tearing my bag, as well as the images I tear out of the magazines. Most kids will like the idea of tearing the materials...but there will be a few who really prefer scissors...either something in their little minds just can't handle the randomness of tearing or they like tools!!!

You simply tear the bag into strips the size of a bookmark and find wonderful, colorful pictures from magazines to glue to the paper bag bookmark. Look for fun, inspirational words to tear out and add to the bookmark. If you use white school glue to glue on your pictures you may also add an overcoat of the glue to the finished bookmark, much like decoupage.

paper bag strips

The grandkids and I have added all kinds of extras, such as stamping and embossing powders...but even if you don't have a lot of crafting materials in the house you are able to come up with the simple items for this project. Using pens or crayolas to write words such as "have a nice day" is another option , if the rowdies aren't old enough to write words they may want to use the pens and crayolas for designs...aka scribbles. Construction paper is a nice addition if you want to frame the pictures on the bookmark.

First bookmark has a coat of white glue, the last bookmark has black construction paper.

This is another good project for getting the rowdies to brainstorm. Ask them where they would like to leave their art. A supermarket shelf, a library table.....they will be delighted to help think up their special drop-off spots!! Plan a field trip and take them to the areas they want to visit with their art, it is also kind of a secret spy feeling ...leaving your art piece without being you giggle a lot.

Another option is to leave a note on the back explaining this is "make my day" art and if you find it please let us know. You can set up an email address just for the purpose of "make my day" responses.

Please let me know what projects you come up with for "make my day " art, I would love to post them.


Carolee said...

You always come up with such cool stuff. I have several collages I have made. I thought it would be cool to take them to a thrift shop or somewhere & see if anyone buys one. Maybe I will be famous in about 100 years!

Military Momz said...

What a great idea!!! I agree with Carolee, you do have the greatest stuff!!!

Dancing B*a*g Lady said...

I can't wait to make some random things and randomly leave them places. You know like I did with my coin purse sometime between Thursday last week and yesterday morning.

I am sick about because there was one thing in there that a little identify thief would love to have.

Lucky for me for Lifelock. A fairly inexpensive service that helps protect your identify.

Anyway, my coinpurse was a little work of art with very pretty fabric, but I suggest everyone else leave a different impression out there.

Cindy Shepard said...

Thanks so much guys....and that is too funny Dancing Bag Lady.....not exactly what I had in mind!!!!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy checking out your blog! I've gotten so many good ideas from you for me and my kids to do together. This is a great project that both my 8 year old and 3 year old can do. Love it!!

Faith said...

Thought of everyone who reads this site when I got my mom a lovely little book for Mothers Day. It has some wonderful traditions to start in it. It is called "Little Girls in Matching Dresses: Stories for Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters." It was only about $12 on amazon (the author has a website too) and is a collection of charming stories by a former Country Living mag. columnist who rote "Kids in the Country." I lovd her column and was excited to find many of them in this little book.

Cindy Shepard said...

So glad you enjoy it Kelly..and thanks so much for the book recommendation Faith!!