Texture Plates from Paper Punches

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Don’t throw away your old file folders!  I’ll show you how to create your own DIY texture plates that you can use for your next art lesson!  Gather some paper punches, and let’s get started!
 

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supplies I used to make the paper punch textures
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Texture Plates with Paper Punches

I used a combination of large punches typically used for scrapbooking and a small circle and heart punch and created texture plates. Next, I cut the folders in half and used the half with the tab for the plate and the other half of the folder for punching out the shapes. I found that it was easiest to pre-punch a few shapes, cover a small area with glue or glue stick, then arrange the punch-outs on the file folder. If you use liquid glue, you may need to press the folder flat after it’s dry by laying a stack of books on top.

using a flower punch to make a texture plate
texture plate made from flower punches
 
Notice that I took the circle punched out from inside the flower and punched another hole in it with a standard paper punch. Then I arranged the flowers and circle together in a random interesting way.
If you’d rather create a more formal-looking pattern, the following design uses a grid to arrange the circle punches.
 
 
texture plate made from circles on a grid
 
texture plate made from free form circles - 2 sizes
texture plates made from small punches, a circle shape and a heart
a snowflake punch used to make a texture plate
 
 
 
 

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A texture plate made by using a heart-shaped paper punch. All of the little heart pieces are glued to a file folder to make a texture rubbing plate. The text says, "Art Teacher Tips - Texture Plates - Recycle Your File Folders".
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Stacey Peters

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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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