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Bypass the Brush: DIY Crafts Using Unexpected Materials

by Marissa Raglin

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A great way to create at home is utilizing recyclable materials. You may have extra toilet paper or paper towel rolls and these items are great for printing. Can you think of other materials you have on hand that you could recycle into printing objects? Find out below how to create your very own print using items found in the everyday household.

Firework Printing
Best for ages 5+


  • 1-3 toilet paper rolls
  • 1 pair of scissors (kid safe)
  • 2-3 tempura paints (washable)
  • 1 paper plate (to use as your paint palette)
  • 1 sheet of thick construction paper or cardstock


  1. Squirt a quarter-size amount of paint (optional colors) onto a paper plate.
  2. Using your kid-safe scissors, cut 2-inch slits into the toilet paper roll from end of the roll toward the middle of the roll.
  3. Fold back the slits you cut. This will make the roll resemble a flower or mop.
  4. Dip the toilet paper roll into the paint and onto the construction paper. Fill the paper with these firework-like shapes!
  5. Let paint dry and then hang up your finished masterpiece!


One of the fun parts about creating an original work of art is determining what supplies you can use. For example, painting isn’t always done with paint brushes. In fact, I bet you have multiple tools at your home that could be used to create your next masterpiece. For this activity, open up the silverware drawer and let’s get started. Using a metal (or plastic) fork, we’ll be making a beautiful painted bouquet of flowers.

Tulip Fork Painting
Best for ages 5+


  • 3 metal forks (you can use disposable forks if you’d like)
  • 3 colors of tempera paint (washable)
  • 1 paper plate (to use as your paint palette)
  • 1 sheet of thick construction paper or card stock
  • crayons


  1. Place a small quarter-size amount of paint out of each tube onto your paper plate.
  2. Dip your fork into the paint so that it covers the entire bottom of the fork.
  3. Press the fork onto the construction paper so it leaves a full imprint of the prongs of the fork.
  4. Dip your fork again into the paint, focusing on the base of the fork.
  5. Press the fork onto the construction paper so it leaves an imprint of the base of the fork. This will look like a tulip shape.
  6. Use the remaining forks to dip into other colors and create more tulip shapes.
  7. Set the paper aside to dry. Once it is dry, pick up the crayons and add the stems of the flowers. You can draw the flowers in a field or draw them in a vase. Your work of art is now complete!


Creating a work of art allows you the opportunity to engage with your imagination and transport your mind to a more calm state. For some, creating is a form of relaxation. Sometimes if you are working on a difficult task, you can take a 5-minute break to work on a craft or doodle and then return to the task and it may seem much more manageable. Below you’ll find a simple 5-minute craft using items you may have in your household. Enjoy!

Coffee Filter Flowers
Best for ages 3+


  • 1 sheet of colorful construction paper
  • 1 coffee filter
  • crayons
  • glue stick


  1. Using your crayon, color the center of the coffee filter
  2. Using another color crayon, color the outside ring of the coffee filter.
  3. Glue the coffee filter down toward the top of 1 sheet of construction paper
  4. Using a crayon, draw the stem and leaves of the flower.
  5. You’ve completed your coffee filter flower! Hello Spring!

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