Sunday, June 9, 2013

End of the Year Student Portraits! {Parent Gift Idea!}

Hi everyone...I'm back! :)  I've been out of school for 2 weeks and just got back from a family vacation.  I've been meaning to post pictures of the portraits my kids did last month.  My school's kindergarten has been doing these for years as Mother's Day gifts in the spring.  They always turn out adorable!

We start by having each kid paint a canvas a solid color of their choice.  Then, after several practice rounds, we have the kids draw themselves on a piece of skin-toned cardstock.  It is important that you teach the kids that all of their body must show thickness.  No stick arms or fingers!  Let your kids color themselves using sharpie markers.  I suggest doing this in small groups so you can help them.  I like to go over the sharpie and fill in any areas needed and outline in black.  Next, we cut them out (teachers, assistants, volunteers- not the kids!) and we Mod-Podge them on to the canvases.  Put a coat of Mod-Podge over the entire thing and it makes it look like their is a sealant over it.  After they are dry we wrap them up in colored butcher paper and add a bow.  Beautiful.  I must admit, I was nervous about a few of mine that just couldn't get their bodies looking proportionate in any way, shape, or form...but their pictures turned out super cute just like all the rest.  Everyone's was unique.  :)


What do you think?

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  1. Love these so much!! I might have my own kids make one!!

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    1. Thanks! They are super easy and a lot of fun! :)

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  2. These are so cute! What kind of canvas are the done on? Is it expensive?

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    1. Hi! I think I might have just replied to you on my facebook page too! We use our grade level money to purchase the supplies so it doesn't cost us anything out of pocket. We buy the inexpensive white canvases (close to paper size) and use acrylic paint to cover the whole thing. You will also need cardstock to draw on, sharpies to color in, and mod-podge to seal it. We use the same supplies year after year until it runs out so the only thing we need to replace each year are the canvases. Hope this helps!

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  3. They turned out so adorable! I can't imagine how much time and precision must have gone into cutting them out though!

    The Polished Teacher

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    1. Cutting was definitely not the fun part for me but it isn't too bad when you've got a group of people cutting them out together!

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  4. These are just adorable! I bet their parents loved them :)

    Jessica
    The Littlest Scholars

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    1. Yep, they are always a hit with the parents! :)

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  5. These are wonderful! I'm actually a kindergarten teacher-turned-homeschool mom and I'm always looking for craft and gift ideas for my kids to do. This would be so fun. All I'd have to buy is canvas. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome! I'm sure your kids will have fun with it!

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  6. These are great! As a mom I would love to get one. In fact... a good summer project for my 3 daughters.

    Lisa

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    1. At my school they used to make them in 5th grade too so Moms could have one from the beginning of elementary school and at the end of it. I hope your girls have fun making them this summer!

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