Painting Party

Updated on January 09, 2012
P.J. asks from Garland, TX
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I am wanting to have a painting party for my two kids but instead of expensive canvases I wanted to use cardboard. WHere can you find white cardboard box lids by themselves? I want them to be very large maybe 3-4 feet tall? Or maybe it can be just plain white cardboard. I need it for about 20-25 kids? Any other ideas for a canvas will be greatly appreciated also!!!
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Thank you ladies for all your suggestions. I found the box tops in the size I needed at a place call Tree Huggers!!!! And at a really great price. And they have all sizes of boxes and cardboard.

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answers from Jacksonville on

Or the tri-fold project display boards?



answers from Dallas on

My hubby suggests Masonite. A 4x8 sheet from Home Depot/Lowes can be cut to whatever size you like. Probably, you'll want to prime it if you get it from a home improvement store. Art stores also sell primed pieces, but I can't vouch for the cost. Maso will last, it's easy to display, and you'll find that the Artistic types use it all the time, for an added element of realism.



answers from Dallas on

I don't know where you can buy white cardboard in very large sheets. I would just check online. One thing that might work pretty well would be foam board or foam core. It would be a smoother surface and more sturdy. Not sure about getting it 3-4 feet tall. It usually comes in 32" x 40" sheets. Blick Art Materials carries it at a good price. About $3 a sheet. You can buy it at Hobby Lobby or Michael's, but it would cost a lot more. The biggest problem you will have is warping a buckling if the kids use a large amount of paint. Any kind of paper product - card board or foam board will not stay flat if it gets wet. That is why artists use stretched canvas or masonite board. If you just want the kids to have the experience of painting big and are not worried about them taking a finished piece home, you could just stretch butcher paper over your fence and make a big mural. I would be sure to use a water based non-toxic paint. What age are the kids? It could get pretty messy with that many young kids painting! Make sure they don't wear nice clothes. Good Luck and have fun!


answers from Dallas on

What about science fair boards? You might be able to search for those on google and order them in bulk. Or if you know a science teacher they might be able to get them for you.
Also- I saw an article in Family Fun magazine where they stretched a big bed sheet across the fence in the backyard and used colored water in spray bottles to spray on the sheet. You could then cut the sheet to send home sections with the kids.



answers from Dallas on

I say go with what Amanda said. Posterboard. I was going to suggest just getting a white butcher paper roll and putting it on whatever you were going to use. Good Luck! Sounds fun.


answers from Kalamazoo on

Maybe just use white posterboard? $1 per sheet?


answers from Detroit on

What about a thick type of white paper? That way the parents could frame the art work?

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