Making a Cardboard Art Fountain
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October 2, 2016
You don't need expensive art materials to have fun. You can make something from cardboard boxes! I created a fountain and you can too. Check it out!
Total Time: 8 hours
- various sized dishes
- pen or Sharpie
- pan of watercolor paints
- acrylic latex silicone
- mirror (optional)
- Get an idea what shape you want for your fountain by using dishes, bowls, and things you have around the house to make a template or model.
- Use those dishes to draw the various sizes onto some cardboard.
- Cut them out and stack them into the same shape as your template of dishes.
- I cut out the largest dish size (the base) as rings and used the centers for the stacking pieces. (Sorry I neglected to photo this process, but it's just stacking your round cardboard discs.)
- If you have a mirror that you can sandwich it between some of the base cardboard pieces, it makes realistic looking water in the fountain base!
- Glue them together, stacking them up as you go.
- I mixed up some paint in a watercolor paintbox and added it to the fountain for a weathered, realistic look.
- I spread a somewhat thick amount of latex caulk onto a piece of firm craft plastic I had and added a smear of blue and let it dry in the sun. It drys transparent and the blue is a nice highlight that makes it look like water.
- When it dried I cut a few strips in the top of it and left it there and rolled the rest slowly down the board.
- I used the rolled caulk to wrap around the fountain to look like water running down.
- The strips were carefully removed and hung down from the top of the fountain to look like running water.
- I rolled a small ball from a tiny bit of caulk left to look like bubbling water on the top of the fountain.
It was very popular and a lot of folks wanted me to show them how to do it so I thought my Thriftyfun folks might as well!
I hope you try it and vote for me! :D
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