Category Archives: Coloring Page Crafts

Celebrating Mother’s Day with Crafts Made from Adult Coloring Book Pages


Most websites that talk about handmade Mother’s Day gifts have ideas for young children to make, but I think moms appreciate a sentimental DIY project no matter how old their children are.  (I know my mom has always been a sucker for a handmade gift!)

If you love adult coloring books, why not thank your mom for all she’s done to encourage your creative side by making a gift using on of your finished pages? Here are some ideas:

If you don’t already have a design in mind to use for your project, Coloring Life and Adult Coloring Worldwide have several free adult coloring pages for Mother’s Day.

[Photo is a colored page from Creative Coloring Inspirations: A Second Cup of Inspirations by Valentina Harper.]

OrnaMENTALS Origami: Turn Your Coloring Page in a Star for a Handmade Greeting Card

Since I love all forms of paper crafting, it’s not surprising that I enjoy turning my coloring pages into handmade cards. Although I’ve made several adult coloring greeting cards by simply cutting my pages to fit a cardstock base, I wanted to try a different approach for this project. To mix things up a bit, I turned my coloring page into a folded origami star.

This particular star design is often labeled as a Christmas model, but I think it’s one that works well any time of year. By changing your paper patterns and colors, you can give it a wide range of looks.

I’ve included photos and written instructions below to show how I went about making my card. However, if you’re having trouble with the folds, JM’s Origami Tutorials has a video you might find helpful.

 Step 1

Print your page. I’m using OrnaMENTALS Design # 168 – Mayan Tapestry from the digital version of Lights Out by Sue Chastain. It works best to print your page on lightweight copy paper, since cardstock is thicker and harder to fold.

Step 2

Color and cut. I used Prismacolor pencils from the 72 count set: Light Cerulean Blue PC904 and Lilac PC956. It doesn’t matter what you use, but you’ll want to color in a way that takes advantage of the circular nature of the design. It’s OK if there are mistakes in your coloring, because you won’t notice them once the paper is folded.

When you’re done coloring, cut the top and bottom borders off so you have a perfect square. Use a ruler and paper trimmer to cut, if needed.

Step 3

Fold your paper into an origami bird base. A bird base is a square base plus two petal folds. This is a common starting point for many origami projects, including the famous crane. If you need help, Activity Village has good instructions for making a bird base.  (The site is written for children, but the simple explanations are perfect for adult beginners as well!)

Step 4

Fold the top of your bird base straight down. Flip the paper over and repeat. When you’re done, your project should look like the photo above. Notice how it resembles a kite.

Step 5

Next, you’ll need to make a sink fold in the top part of your kite shape. To do this, you first need to unfold the paper. Notice how you have four creases in the center that form a square shape. They are valley folds and need to be mountain folds. The diagonal creases that are an “X” shape are mountain folds, but need to be valley folds. Once you refold the creases, your paper will easily “sink” into the right shape.

Step 6

The photo above is what it looks like from the top after you’re done with your sink fold. Essentially, a sink fold is a method of blunting a point that has no open edges. However, it is one of the more complicated origami concepts to master.  If you’re stuck, Origami Instructions explains it with several photos.

Step 7

After the sink fold, the rest of the project is a snap! Fold the bottom of your paper straight up so it looks like the photo above. Flip the paper over, then repeat. Open the two remaining flaps one by one and flip up each point as well. This creates the four outer points of the finished star.

Step 8

On each of the four sides of the paper, you’ll need to fold the left and right corners up, as shown in the photo above. Try to make these folds nice and crisp, even though the paper becomes more difficult to fold as you’re working with multiple layers.

Step 9

Grab the paper by the top points and unfold. The photo above shows what your paper looks like when it’s about halfway unfolded. To complete the model, you’ll need to press down in the center. Add a brass fastener to the middle and fold the inner flaps created in Step 8 up slightly to give your star a bit of a 3D effect.

The Finished Card 

To create the card, I used a 6″ square card base and paper from the Die Cuts with a View Handmade Stack. Since this paper is too delicate to cut with a paper trimmer, I hand tore the purple strip before using a glue stick to attach it to the page.

Another Use for Your Origami Stars

This origami model also makes a fun gift topper. The above photo is one of the packages I wrapped for Christmas. Since I didn’t have time to color multiple pages, I folded stars from red copy paper.

Make Your Own Adult Coloring Gift Wrap

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If you still have gifts to wrap, here’s a unique idea for you: DIY coloring gift wrap. Take a printable coloring sheet, then cut and paste over plain gift wrap to give your package an interactive flair. It Happens in a Blink explains in greater detail.

I love this idea because it’s perfect for Christmas as well as birthdays and other special occasions, depending upon the design you select. If desired, you could even tie a couple of colored pencils to the package to play up the coloring theme even more.

Use Your Favorite Coloring Pages to Make Gifts in a Jar

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Gifts in a jar are a quick and easy way to show your appreciation, especially when you decorate the jars with images you’ve colored. I love to give gifts in a jar throughout the year. Since part of the charm is pretty presentation, I’ve been decorating my jars with images from Color Your Own Stickers: Inspirations. In the photo above, I used a gift tag sticker on the jar lid and a flower sticker for the front. The black and white patterned strip is washi tape and the jar itself is recycled from my kitchen. However, if you don’t have any color your own sticker books in your collection, you could easily print your favorite online freebies onto sticker paper and make your own stickers for this project.

What’s inside the jar itself? You can put almost anything you want into a jar for creative gift giving, but I’m making an all-natural salve with essential oils. This is such a fun and practical gift, since you can customize the scent to fit the recipient’s own unique preferences. It’s also perfect for helping you combat dry skin when you live in a colder climate. I keep a jar scented with lavender, sweet orange, and ylang ylang essential oils by my bed to apply on my feet and hands each night.

If you want to try this recipe at home, here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 4 T. beeswax pastilles
  • 1 t. vitamin E oil
  • 25 drops of essential oil for fragrance and aromatherapy benefits
  1. Melt coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax in a double boiler.
  2. Stir well, then add vitamin E oil and desired essential oils.
  3. Carefully pour mixture into jar.

 

Upcycled Adult Coloring Book Magnets

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I don’t know about you, but my refrigerator is covered in freebie magnets I’ve picked up from various local businesses. They’re functional, but not exactly attractive. So, recently I decided to give my magnets an adult coloring book inspired makeover.

Supplies

  • Freebie magnet
  • Finished adult coloring book page
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Clear packing tape

Instructions

  1. coloring magnetsTrim your finished adult coloring book page to fit your magnet. The example above is a page from Pocket Posh Adult Coloring Book: Pretty Designs for Fun and Relaxation colored with glitter gel pens. The smaller sized coloring books work especially well for this project because you’re not cutting way as much of the image. However, you could easily use a tiny portion of a big pattern if you wanted.
  2. Use double sided tape to adhere your coloring book page to the magnet. Work slowly and carefully to avoid wrinkles.
  3. Laminate your magnet with clear packing tape. I used two overlapping strips on mine to create a clear protective layer. I’m fairly certain Mod Podge would work too, but that tends to be more time consuming and I’m all about quick and easy craft projects.
  4. Proudly display your finished project. My magnets are holding up an adorable picture my four-year-old niece colored from one of my books. It makes me smile every time I walk by!

 

10 Ways to Reuse Your Favorite Adult Coloring Book Pages

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If you’ve been bitten by the adult coloring bug, you probably have a large collection of finished pages. There’s nothing wrong with just keeping them in a folder or binder, but incorporating them into other craft projects can be a fun way to showcase your creativity.

Head over to Wonderful DIY for 10 clever ways to reuse your favorite adult coloring book designs, including the pretty gift bows pictured above. You can also find more ideas in our Coloring Page Crafts category.

Making Gatefold Greeting Cards with Your Adult Coloring Pages

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If you have several smaller adult coloring pages waiting to be put to good use, consider turning them into gatefold greeting cards. The unique design of this style of card makes it easy to showcase your colored artwork with the embellishments of your choice. See two examples I created for SuziQ Creations at Turn Your MiniMENTALS Pages into Gatefold Greeting Cards.

Turning Adult Coloring Pages into Handmade Greeting Cards

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dream big handmade card

Last night, I decided to spend some time in my craft room replenishing my stash of handmade cards. I used to rubber stamp all my cards, but lately I’ve been looking for ways to incorporate my favorite adult coloring pages into the designs. I’m sharing the two I made last night in the hopes that they’ll inspire you to get creative with your finished pages!

For my first card, I used a butterfly image cut from a page with two butterflies. (It’s from a discontinued magazine my son got me at Walmart last Christmas.) The butterfly was colored with Koh-I-Noor Tri Tone pencils.  Once I cut around the image, I added it to a sheet of patterned paper from a Faber Castell card making kit I’d purchased a few months ago, then attached it to one of the 6 inch square cards from the kit. For a finishing touch, I added some washi tape from my local Dollar Tree and used a few of the epoxy dots from the card making kit’s embellishments to give parts of the butterfly a subtle 3D effect.

For my second card, I used an image from MiniMENTALS by Sue Chastain that was colored with a basic set of Prismacolor colored pencils. I trimmed around the graphic, added a few gold brads to the ends, and covered the center with a chipboard embellishment I’d had in my stash for years. Then, I mounted the entire thing on a sheet of purple origami paper before attaching it to the 6 inch square card.

As you can see, my cards are very simple. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on your project to make something that the recipient will enjoy. In fact, I have a basic formula for all my cards that pretty much guarantees you can get the project done in about 15 minutes.

  1. Choose a finished adult coloring book page or part of a page to feature on your card.
  2. Choose a patterned paper design that coordinates with the page.
  3. Trim the coloring book image and patterned paper as needed.
  4. Mount the design on the front of a pre-made card base. If desired, use foam adhesive squares for a 3D look.
  5. Embellish your card with washi tape, epoxy stickers, chipboard, self-adhesive rhinestones, or other items from your craft stash. Look for places to fit these accents into the colored page so they look like they were always a natural part of the design. This gives your card added visual interest and enhances the “handmade” feel.

Use Stickers to Make DIY Party Balloons

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved balloons! When I was a kid, one of my favorite things besides coloring was going to a local store that gave away free balloons to customers.

If you love balloons as much as I do, you’ll be happy to hear that Balloon Time offers helium tank party kits you can use to create festive balloon displays from the comfort of your own home. These kits are perfect for birthday parties, graduation celebrations, baby showers, family reunions, or everyday entertaining. The kit includes a nonrefillable helium tank, balloons in assorted colors, and white curling ribbon to create your bouquet.

I picked up my kit from Walmart, but Balloon Time products are also in party supply stores as well as online through Amazon.com. There are several different sizes so you can get one that best matches the number of balloons you need. (The kit I purchased was designed for 30 balloons.)

The Balloon Time tank is fairly easy to use, although the knob to inflate my balloons was initially so tight that I my husband had to loosen it with a pair of pliers. Once I inflated my balloons, I decorated them with custom colored stickers from the Color Your Own Stickers: Inspirations book by Valentina Harper and tied them to my basket of markers so I’d have a cute little table decoration when my nieces came over to color with me.

I was pretty happy with how my project turned out, although you need to keep in mind that using too big of stickers on your balloons will create ugly bumps in the paper. Choose small to mid-sized designs for best results.  I think Color Your Own Stickers: Letters & Numbers by Peg Couch would be ideal for making personalized party balloons.

Look for more cute party inspiration on the Balloon Time website.

Disclaimer: Balloon Time provided a sample tank for the purpose of preparing this post. All opinions are my own. 

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