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5 Easy Art Projects: Cardboard Prints

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5 really easy and cool art projects for kids

Hi! I took a quick break yesterday to switch blogs for a Hispanic Heritage Month post, but I’m back with day 5 of Easy Art Projects for kids. We made cardboard prints for this project. I’ll bet you have some cardboard lying around, am I right?

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Printmaking may be the best way ever to get a kid interested in art. You can make prints with virtually anything that will take paint, and it’s always fun to see what the results are. Plus, you can usually take the prints a step further and experiment with adding any number of mediums to get all sorts of cool art!

There are loads of different printmaking techniques, and while monoprints might be the easiest to make, cardboard prints are totally simple as well.


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint or ink (we used acrylics)
  • White paper (we used drawing paper- use something thicker than printer paper.)
  • Brayer (roller)


Cut your cardboard up into shapes.

Glue them to a larger piece of cardboard. (Aleene’s tacky glue is awesome.)

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printmaking with cardboard

After they are dry, spread ink or paint evenly over them with your brayer, place a piece of paper over them and rub.

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It will probably take 2-3 paint applications and test prints before you get a good print- the paint needs to saturate the cardboard enough so it doesn’t dry out too quickly. Just keep rolling paint on and printing until you get some good prints.

printmaking with cardboard!

We made a few using different colors. It’s easy to mix up colors right on your palette by squirting out paint and rolling it back and forth with the brayer.

Important: Make sure whenever you peel the paper off you squeal in delight!

Printmaking with kids- using cardboard shapes •

See all 5 Easy Art Projects:

Day 1: Folded Paper Marker Drawings

Day 2: Inky Chalk Pastel Drawings

Day 3: Spray Paint T-shirts

Day 4: Smiley Face Paintings

Day 5: Cardboard Prints

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Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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    • Cardboard was really fun for printmaking- it’s a whole different project when you can cut your shapes out of something as opposed to carving them into something. Although I like both ways. 🙂

  1. Just cut up some cardboard for my son’s painting/stamping project; thanks for the idea Jeanette! I also love the design of your blog; very clean and well laid out 🙂

    • Oh- how did they turn out!? I’m so excited you tried this. Did he have fun? And thank you a ton for the blog compliment. I sort of obsess over the design, and can’t stop tweaking things on it every few days.

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