If you’ve been bitten by the adult coloring craze, chances are you may have colored so many pages that you’re not sure what to do with them all!
Why not take your colored pages to an even more creative level by using them to make personalized crafts? You can use your hand-colored artwork for almost any paper crafting project, from cards to wall art and beyond.
Tips for Crafting with Coloring Pages:
• You can craft with your original colored pages — or if you’d rather preserve the originals, you can make color copies for crafting projects.
• No need to be limited by the paper size of your coloring book – if you need larger sheets, just enlarge your colored pages with a copier.
• If your colored pages will be exposed to moisture during crafting (such as Mod Podge), test first on a small area to be sure the pens or markers you used for coloring won’t bleed.
COLORING BOOK PAPER GARLAND
Coloring by Joe Vior
Make a fun and festive garland bunting, using circles cut from your colored pages! This project is a perfect use for pages that are imperfect because you can use just your favorite parts of any image and ignore any sections that you don’t love. In the image shown here, we used pages from Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford.
Using the 1.5” and 2.5” circle punches, punch out an array of circles from your colored pages. Next, punch an equal number of circles from the solid cardstock. To assemble the garland, simply use the glue stick to adhere one solid circle to one colored circle, placing the baker’s twine in between the two circles. Continue to add more circles to the twine, spacing the circles about 6” apart – until the garland is whatever length you like!
COLORING BOOK ENVELOPE LINERS
Coloring by Joe Vior
Turn a plain envelope into a delightful surprise by lining it with a hand-colored image. This is a quick, easy project that can transform a blank card and envelope into a work of art! In the image shown above, we used colored pages from Color Odyssey: A Creative Coloring Journey, by Chris Garver.
Open the flap on one of the envelopes and trace around the entire envelope (including the open flap) on your colored page. Cut around the traced line, and then cut off an extra ½” at what would be the bottom edge of the envelope. Insert the cut-out colored page into the envelope, sliding it all the way down to the bottom of the envelope. Because you cut off ½” from the bottom, the envelope liner will tuck down just enough to leave the adhesive on the flap exposed (if necessary, trim the liner a bit to fit). Fold the envelope closed to crease the liner, and then use the glue stick to adhere the liner to the envelope on the flap. And you’re done! Repeat to make as many lined envelopes as you’d like.
COLORING PAGE WALL ART
Coloring by Rachel Reinert
Transform a colored page into dimensional wall art with this easy project! Using a small stretched artist’s canvas and an image colored by you, you can craft an interesting dimensional piece to display as part of a gallery wall or any creative décor. In this image, we used a page from Botanical Wonderland, by Rachel Reinert.
Center your colored image over the canvas, and gently fold the page over the canvas edges. Trim the page so it just fits around to the back of the canvas, cutting out notches at the corners so the paper will tuck neatly around them. Remove the paper, and coat the front of the canvas with Mod Podge using the foam brush. Place the colored page over the Mod Podge and gently pat it in place. Next, wrap the colored page around the canvas, applying Mod Podge directly on the canvas as you go. Once the entire canvas has been wrapped, apply another thin layer of Mod Podge on the colored page. Allow to dry overnight (the colored page will wrinkle at first, but should dry smooth).