Sep 22, 2008

Altered Art: Cookie Sheets

Altered art is a new craze in the craft and scrapbooking industry. So, what is altered art? It's basically taking something old--usually a common household object--and making it new again by decorating it creatively and for a different use than that originally intended.

There are tons of cute projects and I'm going to occasionally share some with you. Today, we are starting with cookie sheets. You've probably all seen the new metal magnet boards available in craft stores. They come unfinished and you can paint, stamp, or cover them with paper and then make fun, unique magnets to hold things such as pictures, homework, reminder notes, or even the family calendar.

Well, instead of purchasing the expensive metal magnetic boards, you can simply use a cookie sheet. You can even usually find them at the dollar store. Use scrapbook paper, stamps, stickers--really anything you would use on a scrapbook page and decorate it anyway you want. I've included a few pictures to get your imagination going.

To the right is a calendar that is completely magnetic. The months and numbers were just printed on cardstock, laminated and then attached to strips of magnet that were sticky on one side. You can find magnet like this on a roll at any craft store. Create fun pieces for birthdays, holidays, and other special occasions. You can store the pieces you aren't using on the back of the cookie sheet. If you want to paint your cookie sheet, use sandpaper to rough it up a bit so the paint will adhere better.

Altered art is a great activity to do with your kids. It's always fun to create something new from something old. Check back soon for more altered art projects.

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Rachelle said...

I love this idea! My sister and I just made some cute magnets with paper and the clear rocks. I think I'll do this for my daughter's room. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

If anyone's interested in altered art, then they might also be interested in a website I'm developing at It's very much a work-in-progress at the moment, but I'm hoping to expand it to include lots of useful information.

Nessa said...

Have you ever done a round pizza baking sheet? I'm working on one now but wished I could see one that someone else has done. If you know of any links, could you email me?

~Telah said...

Sorry I used the wrong blogger account for that last comment!

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