Make: Toddler Scribbles into Fine Art

You always want to keep and treasure every work of art your kids make – but when they’re making you an entire ream’s worth of scribbled art from month to month, you quickly realize you can’t hold on to everything. So here’s a good way to turn your toddler’s art into something you can proudly display for years to come, and not have to worry about buying extra refrigerators to hang everything on…

For another simple art process to explore with kids, recycle crayons into melted works of melted crayon abstract art. Or try this scrap paper quick collage project for the best time you’ve ever had with little paper scraps.

DIY Stencil Recycled Art Instructions:


  • Original art created by your kiddo
  • Canvas
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam Paintbrushes
  • Scissors


  • A stencil pattern (many of the art templates in our print & play shop would work well for this but you can also use printed letters, handmade cardboard cutouts, or storebought stencils)

DIY Framed Stencil Recycled Art Instructions:

  1. Prep your canvas

    Paint your canvas and allow it to dry completely.

  2. Create your stencil

    Cut your pattern out and stencil it onto the back of your scribble art. Then cut the scribble art into the shapes you need.

  3. Add your cutout scribble art pattern

    Use Modpodge to glue your scribble art pattern onto the canvas and allow it to dry completely.

  4. Coat with Mod Podge

    Coat the entire canvas in Mod Podge. Allow it to dry and repeat this step until you’re satisfied.

  5. Hang and enjoy!

    This is such a fun way to turn your toddler’s artwork into a treasured keepsake.

This makes such a wonderful gift for grandparents, preschool teachers, or beloved caretakers. You’ll see your toddler’s scribbles in a whole new light!

More ideas for recycling children’s art

Breathe new life into those old toddler art projects with one of these clever recycled kids’ art ideas…

A collection of creative ways to recycle childrens artwork.
  • Create a set of process art play tiles for high-brow, next-level collage play even your toddler can get in on.
A collection of creative ways to recycle childrens artwork.
  • These watercolor banners from Family Focus Blog are a lovely and festive way to decorate for any occasion while reusing what you have!
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