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Colouring in is a relaxing, mindful activity, known to reduce stress and relieve anxieties. You can bring wonderful designs to life through the power of colour, even if drawing isn’t your strong point. But what are you to do with the completed works of art? While it is lovely to keep the pages intact and look back on your work, try giving your designs a more practical second life with these clever ideas.
It's so simple to transform your colouring page into a cheerful greeting. Simply use a sentiment stamp like these Crafter's Companion Clear Acrylic Stamps - Essential Sentiments to add a heartfelt message. Then, trim and matt your design onto a card blank for a quick and easy way to pass on your well wishes!
Don’t hide away your colouring masterpieces in books and folders – they deserve pride of place in your home! This is one of the easiest ways to reuse your pages. All you need to do is carefully tear out a sheet, place it in a frame and hang it up in a place where all your guests can appreciate the hard work you put in! Try some fun, bright tropical designs to remind you of sunnier times, like the ones in this Natura Colouring Book.
While your colouring showstoppers are marvellous enough to act as a piece of art in your home, they also work well as a frame for your own photographs, too. Simply use an adhesive to stick the designs over the front of a plain wooden frame, like these fun Creativ Hanging Photo Frames (3 Pcs), which come in three different shapes to really make your special memories stand out.
Using your colouring pages as gift wrap not only looks good – it's a little bit more eco-friendly than your typical wrapping paper, too. If you have a tiny present to give someone, you might be able to get away with using just one sheet, but for larger presents, simply stick together a lot of different designs to create an impressive patchwork effect.
You’ve made the card, you’ve wrapped the present – the only thing left to create is a gift tag! Cut out a small tag-shaped piece from one of your coloured-in designs, then simply punch a hole into the top and thread some fancy ribbon through to create a lovely label for your present. A glitzy option like our Sequined Ribbons Metallic Colours adds an extra special finishing touch, or try a classic brown twine for a natural, rustic effect.
Combine two crafts into one by using your designs as paper for origami. Enjoy the serene process of colouring in your pattern, then take your crafty relaxation even further by learning a new origami fold. You can create wonderful shapes and sculptures to decorate your desk, shelves or even to give as gifts. Pages from double sided books work best with this technique as no matter where you fold the paper, there will be a fantastic array of colours showing on both sides.
For a crafty addition to your coffee table, try creating some eye-catching coasters that will bring a pop of colour to your living room and protect your table at the same time. Using a plain coaster like these Creativ Wooden Coasters as a stencil, cut out a circle from your design, then stick it onto the wooden base. Finally, adhere a circle of glass or acetate cut to the size of the coaster over the top to protect your artwork from drips and spills.