Caped Crusaders

Save that used wrapping paper! Your kids can turn it into fun and fanciful superhero cloaks.

Hands On: Caped Crusaders. Metro Parent Magazine December 2014December is a time of year filled with family, friends, gifts and an abundance of leftover holiday materials perfect for DIY projects. Rather than tossing or recycling these small treasures, collect your ribbon scraps, raffia, tissue paper, cardboard shapes, bubble wrap and other gift-wrapping leftovers for a day of art making with your kids!

At the Portland Child Art Studio in NW Portland, we’ve been talking about what super powers we would like to have and making wearable superhero art capes with all-recycled materials.

From night-vision to invisibility, ice power to the power to fly, our kids have excitedly woven together bits and pieces of diverse materials, pretending that each one has a special power and adding it to their super hero cape.

If you don’t want to incorporate glitter into this project, give the kids gift-wrapping scraps that are sparkly, metallic, or iridescent to make the finished product extra-shiny.



  • Bubble wrap
  • Scissors
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Stapler
  • Yarn (to attach the cape)
  • Tissue paper
  • Gift wrapping paper scraps
  • Ribbon scraps

Cover your table with newspaper.

Cut bubble wrap into a rectangular shape, approximately 12 inches by 24 inches, depending on the size of your child.

Use glue or a stapler to attach pieces of wrapping paper and ribbon scraps to the bubble side of bubble wrap, because it provides more texture and sticking power. Consider making a letter, symbol, or repetitive design on the cape.

Decorate with glitter or shiny, iridescent pieces of wrapping paper.

Poke holes at neck in bubble wrap and attach the yarn simply by tying a few knots.

Allow to dry for 24 hours before wearing.

If, after making your Super Hero Art capes, you still have leftover holiday materials Portland Child Art Studio will gladly accept them! The studio is located in NW Portland, inside the same building as the NW Children’s Theater and School. They offer quality art education for children ages 3 and older through weekly art classes, Open Studio and Artsy Birthday Parties. PCAS is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to support the perceptual development of children through artistic learning. Donations to PCAS are tax deductible and support their core programs as well as full and partial scholarships for low-income families. Visit them at

Devon Mitchell

Devon Mitchell

Founder and Executive Director at Portland Child Art Studio
Devon is deeply committed to the process by which she creates her work, a process that is inspired by a love of abstraction, exploration, spontaneity, and the beauty that emerges when you allow accidents to happen.
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