Hole punch art

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How much fun can you have with a hole punch? Lots!

Using a hole punch is a great workout for young hands, strengthening fingers and hands – and once you’ve punched away to your heart’s content you can turn all those lovely little circles into something else. Just like donut holes, you don’t want to waste the best bit! Turn them into something beautiful with this idea for hole punch art.

Hole punch art 

hole punch art
Start by punching out as many holes as you can. Using a hole punch with a little tray to catch all the paper circles is useful – but it’s also fun to make a little confetti for the floor. Punch some holes around all the sides of a piece of paper or card and you can make yourself a frame and your art materials at the same time.
hole punch art
An office supply hole punch will give you lots of circles but watch out for punches that come in other shapes too – like hearts or flowers.
hole punch art
Then take a piece of contact paper / sticky backed plastic and hold it in place with some sticky tape or tack at the edges. Use your punched out paper shapes to create some art. You’ll be working on your fine motor skills as you manoeuvre the circles into place – with your fingers or even some tweezers.
hole punch art
The contact paper holds the circles in place – and lets you pick them off and re-arrange them until you’re happy with your final design.
Cut out the centre from your original piece of paper and insert the contact paper into this frame.
The contrast between the positive and negative circles is lovely!
If you hang your pictures in the window on a sunny day, the hole punch art will cast beautiful shadows across the wall and floor inside.


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  1. says

    Fabulous! We did hole punch art too but it was nothing like this. Love all the different ideas. We’ll be trying this one for sure :)

  2. says

    Great idea! We’ve been using shaped punches (from scrapbooking) and the kids just like to punch shapes. I like the idea of using the contact plastic in the middle and combining the shapes with the holes. We’re going to try this next time.

    (And I like using the regular hole punch, too)

  3. Birgit says

    My 2.5 year old grandson had a wonderful time creating his piece of artwork yesterday – we also went out into the garden and picked some violets to add to the art – an idea from an earlier posting. Thanks for the great ideas

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