These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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Make: Surf’s Up Paint Scrape Surfboards

“Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learnin’ how, come on and safari with me…”

It’s an endless summer with this fun scrape painting project you can make and stand to create your own gnarly 3-D mini surf gallery! Fire up one of your favorite Beach Boys tunes, grab some scrap craft supplies, and get ready for some design fun in the sun.

Using a paint scrape method that feels like it was tailor-made for surf art, this simple little paper & paint project combines color, composition, and process for hip (and surprisingly sophisticated!) results.

These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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Our printable surfboard templates make project prep a breeze (you can always draw your own surfboard shapes too). Just add paper scraps, tape, or stickers, for easy embellishments kids can use to make their own mini boards. Once they’re done, you can take this 2D project into the third dimension by gluing a fin to the back for little surfboards that stand just like the real things!

Looking for a variation that’s a little simpler or less messy? Instead of scrape painting, you can print the templates and let kids color, or use for designing their own dream surfboards with hand-drawn details.

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Have a little one in the house? Make a few of these, laminate and glue a piece of sponge or scrap foam to the back. Pop them into a tray of water and watch them bob alongside our floating egg carton cup whale (TOO cute!) for an ocean-themed sensory bin.

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Once you’ve enjoyed your tabletop surf art, recycle your artwork into beachy summer bookmarks, use for summer birthday gift hang-tags, or make into a 2-D art keepsake by gluing to a beach-themed torn paper landscape (…need a beach-specific example? It’s the same process we used to make the backgrounds for these pictures!).

To make your own paint scrape surfboards you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Heavy cardstock or watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic or tempera paints in a variety of colors
  • A piece of cardboard, an old rewards card or something similar with a straight-edge to use for scraping

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

DIY Scrape Paint Surfboard Art Instructions:

  1. Print or draw simple surfboard shapes

    You can use our printable Surf’s Up Template Set to print or trace all different kinds of boards directly onto cardstock or watercolor paper, or freehand draw your own.

  2. Make dots of different colored paint drops at the top of your paper

    Carefully squeeze a few dots of paint in different colors at the top of your paper. You don’t need much paint at all – about a dime-sized drop of each (maybe even less!)

    Make a line of paint dots in different colors at the top of your surfboard template
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  3. Scrape!

    Place a straight-edged piece of cardboard, cereal box, or old rewards card at the top of your page. Using just a little pressure, pull it across the surface – scraping the paint from top to bottom.

    Scrape the paint across your surfboards using a straight piece of cardboard or old credit card
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    If your paint hasn’t covered all of your surfboards, you can scrape it again and again until you’re happy with the way it looks!

  4. Try different color combinations and sizes of surfboards

    Our templates have lots of different styles of surfboards you can try. Experiment with different color combinations to see how the colors mix.

    Make lots of different surfboard scrape paintings
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    We found that using a piece of cardboard as a scraper, with yellows and peaches for paint colors, made scrape-painted surfboards that look like they have a cool wood texture.

  5. Cut out the surfboards

    Use scissors to cut out your surfboards. When the paint is scraped, it leaves thin, bright streaks of color that are semi-transparent, so you should be able to see the outlines of your surfboards easily.

    Cut out your scrape painted surfboards
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  6. Use scrap paper or other decorative craft supplies to add details.

    Once you’ve finished cutting out your surfboards, you can either stop right there (they look so cool!) or you can add some small details with scrap paper, tape, stamps or stickers!

    Decorate your scrape painted surfboards with paper scraps, tape or other craft supplies
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    You may want to use some photos of surfboards as a reference.

  7. Glue a fin to the back and stand

    If you’d like your surfboards to stand up, finish the project by cutting out a fin (included in our template). Fold along the dotted lines, apply glue along the middle strip, then attach to the back of your surfboard – toward the bottom, centered in the middle.

    Cut out a fin support and glue to the back of your surfboard scrape painting to stand
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These bright and colorful surfboards look SO amazingly summery, you’ll be ready to pack up the woody and hit the waves!

For a full day of surf-themed fun, you can pair this activity with these ideas:

These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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For more beach projects, visit our simple DIY crab softie, try making a beachy cardboard love shack, or help kids practice their surf skills from the living room with an actual, life-sized DIY balance board!

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These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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These stand-up surfboard scrape paintings are a fun way way to experiment with art processes and the perfect summer kids craft! | via barley & birch
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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2 thoughts on “Make: Surf’s Up Paint Scrape Surfboards

  1. What a fun summer idea! I was just sharing your peanut butter container turned into a lantern- how ingenious! Thank you so much for including us.
    Heart, Make it Your Own

    1. You always approach writing prompts in such fresh, fun ways – I just love your idea! (and thank you for the peanut butter jar lantern love – that was an old fifth-grade camp activity. At the time we didn’t have flameless battery-powered lights, so they were really just for show – loved it so much though!) – Xx Amanda

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