Mini Mixed Media Art

Mini Mixed Media Art

Usually when embarking on a craft project I try to consider the environment and our wastage in the materials we use. This craft project is NOT that I'm afraid. It uses all the bad things including glitter (which I have a small amount of hidden away in the back of the craft cupboard), acrylic paints, plastic beads and gems but the result is a feast of colour and fun!

This project was inspired by a fab project by Creation Space where they used old picture frames to create amazing mixed media artworks.

After making these mini mixed media artworks, we added a string to the top and used them as Christmas decorations on our tree.


  • Old jam jar tops
  • Multi purpose craft glue
  • Acrylic paints
  • Glitter
  • Items to stick into your glue including beads, plastic gems, coloured paper, wooden match sticks or pom poms
  • String and a hot glue gun (if you want to make them into decorations)


Begin by squeezing lots of multi purpose craft glue into a jam jar lid. Add drops of acrylic paint and swirl the colours together using a stick. Then begin to create your mini artwork but sticking in lots of colourful items into the glue. Once you have finished, sprinkle with glitter and allow to dry. Depending on how much glue is used, they can take 2-3 days to dry!

If you would like to make them into Christmas decorations, glue a loop of string onto the back of the jam jar lids once the glue has dried.

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We loved this awesome messy mixed media project so much that we made it again, instead this time we used large wooden trays to contain our artwork. These artworks turned out so beautiful, rich and vibrant that I now have them on my wall at home.

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