When I suggested this idea to my son for the Tinker Lab Paper Bag Challenge he bolted to the playroom to start finding supplies. One problem his sister was napping and I’d worked hard to get her to sleep, I wasn’t about to wake her with the sounds of exploding bags. So we waited until this weekend and to say it was worth the wait is a total understatement. Our Love Bomb was fun to do and the end product was even cuter than I thought it would be.
- Gather your materials. You will need some paper bags, scrap construction paper, a canvas or heavy paper,contact paper, white glue, scissors and/ or a hole punch.
- Start by cutting your scrap paper into small pieces. We used scissors and a hole punch.
- Pop them in the bags. We made 3 bags with a handful of confetti in each.
- Make a heart with contact paper.
- Pop the heart on the canvas. spread glue all over the canvas. Make sure there is lots along the edge of the contact paper. Forgive the photos, my camera dove to the floor on Friday and my new one hasn’t arrived yet. Thank you apple for my iPhone camera!
- Time for some confetti explosions, you might want to do this outside.
- Blow it up. Please make sure your child is only blowing into the bag and not sucking air in . They could suck in some of the confetti if they get confused. Practice if you are worried or better yet do the blowing up yourself.
- Smack it as hard as you can. It took us a few tries and we practiced earlier.
- Bam! Some of the confetti will fly out but you still have to give it a little shake to get it all.
- After all have been popped, gently push the confetti that are on the heart to the edge. Let dry for only a few minutes then peel off the heart.
- Let dry over night.
Pretty cool right? We had so much fun, just hearing the giggles that emanated from my son was enough to do this again and again!
Check out the other creative uses for paper bags at Tinker Lab.
Yes – that is super cute and fun! I love the way this includes some action and art!
Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog says
Awesome! I want to make one of these! Hope the kids will join me 🙂
this sounds fun – I want to play too! Guess, I’ll let the girls join in, haha!
I love this! What did you do with the finished project? That’s so cute!
We put it in the playroom for Valentine’s Day decor.
I was hoping you kept it. It’s too pretty to throw away.
I just want to make sure I understand how you used the contact paper. You stuck it to the canvas, right? Then you put glue all over the whole thing, did the bombing, then peeled the contact paper off? Does it release very easily? I’ve never really used contact paper, so I’m not sure how that works.
Yeah it’s easy to take off – peels right off the canvas.
Magnificent idea! I love it and can’t wait to give it a try!
Totally fun! Adding this to our must-do list this week.
Very cool!!!! I love this idea. Gonna share this with my kids’ teachers. I bet they will love it.
Great idea! My 3 year old is going to be so excited!!
Wonderful – my 4 year old is into cutting right now and makes endless piles of scrap paper. Now I have a use for her pile of paper bits. I’m glad since I always feel a little bad throwing the piles away after she worked on them so hard.
Thanks for the idea!
I love how this turned out!
We used scraps and did this this afternoon. We were working on practicing his name today, so instead of doing a heart we did this with his name and it was cute. We’ll definitely be trying it again.
Seriously ADORABLE! I love it. Will have to do it with my son!
What a totally cool idea! Love bomb indeed!
Marnie @ Carrots are Orange says
Allie, I must know…are the rain boats required?
Only if you are also in zippy Pj’s 😉
The Iowa Farmer's Wife says
I love this!! What a creative idea and it looks like he had a blast popping those bags! 🙂
jen | paintcutpaste.com says
oh my gosh – this is too cute! love it!
Fantastic idea!!!!! So much fun! Definitely trying it!
Lori S. says
I love this and will be doing it with my boys this year!
I have a totally random question . . . what is the font that you used for “Love Bomb?”
THank you for this! what a fun (and original!) idea. so excited to try this with my daughter!
Patty B. says
This was very exciting! However, our bags were too strong and didn’t pop! We ended up just throwing it on the picture. Boy still had fun trying to pop the bag