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Published on August 22nd, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell


How To: Create Upcycled Splatter Paint Art


Turn an old cardboard box into upcycled splatter paint art!

While working on the Upcycle a Guitar into Art post, I used an old cardboard box underneath it while painting. When I posted a sneak peek of the project on Instagram, my friend suggested turning the cardboard box into upcycled splatter paint art. So, I did!

What You Will Need:

1. 2 large pieces of recycled cardboard

2. Low VOC spray paint

3. A guitar or an image of a guitar that you can trace

4. Other paint that you can splatter (tempera paint works great!)

5. Scissors

6. A paint brush

How To Do It:

1. With one piece of your recycled cardboard, trace a guitar or an image of a guitar onto the cardboard. Then, cut it out. (Tip: If music isn’t your thing, you could also trace/cut out another image like scissors, tools, or even silverware.)

2. Place it on the other piece of cardboard and begin to lightly spray paint around the edges. It should look something like this:

How To: Create Upcycled Splatter Paint Art

 3. Cut out the piece that you plan to frame.

How To: Create Upcycled Splatter Paint Art

4. Put several colors of tempera paint on an extra piece of cardboard.

How To: Create Upcycled Splatter Paint Art

5. With your paint brush, splatter the paint onto the cardboard. Try to avoid the guitar area as much as you can– you will want people to know that it is a guitar.

How To: Create Upcycled Splatter Paint Art

6. Once the paint has dried, insert the cardboard into a picture frame. You can easily find an awesome picture frame at thrift stores or garage sales. The frame gives it a polished look, right?

At big box stores, you would easily pay $20+ for a piece of art this large. Now I have a unique, upcycled splatter paint art piece that only cost a few dollars! Still have some cardboard left over? Check out these upcycled cardboard projects!

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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