30 ways to make a panda out of stuff you already have in your house part 4

This is my online activity series which was inspired by Violet’s Vegan Comics’ online presentation of Lavender Laine’s story, What’s good for the goose is not good for the Panda.

Tada!  Here is my latest panda:


So what I did was I went through some old magazines I had in my house, and I cut out black pieces for ears and eyes and arms and legs, and white pieces for the body.  And I used a piece of photocopy paper to glue my pieces to.


I found some neat things to make my panda out of, like you can see she’s got a dish of rice for her face, and her body is made from a blouse in a clothing ad.


And then what I did was I made her eyes and nose by cutting out from a photo of a spaniel!  How cute is that?  She did look a little ticked off, so I drew a happy smile on her with pen.

And I have her trying to decide: Do pandas eat almonds?  Do pandas eat lemons?



I was originally inspired by Lavender Laine’s story because the illustrations are so beautiful, and she uses all kinds of things like knitting and towels and things to make her collages.  I found myself totally inspired by her work.  I challenged myself to make a collection of illustrations of pandas out of things you find in your home!

I have found that there are lots of things you could make pandas out of, like duvets and pillows and curtains and dresses and sweatshirts and socks.  Please remember to check with all members of the household before taking scissors to upholstery.  Also consider using a camera and making a larger scale image of a panda without needing scissors at all.  Use white clothing and black clothing to make large pandas on the carpet!

For inspiration see the book: What’s Good for the Goose is not good for the Panda at Violet’s Vegan Comics.


30 ways to make a panda out of stuff you already have in your house – part 1

This is my online activity series which was inspired by Violet’s Veg*n eComics’ online presentation of Lavender Laine’s story, What’s good for the goose is not good for the panda

If you follow those links they will lead you to see for yourself the inspiration for this project.  I have challenged myself to create this series because this story is illustrated with so many different innovative collages, it really opens your eyes to all the ways you can make pictures.

My challenge is to try to make some myself!  I am not artistic, so I will try my best, but do have a look at Laine’s book on Violet’s website, because it is very inspiring and motivating.

I hope you enjoy this series, and Lavender’s book, and I hope you will want to try collage too, because art is fun.

My first panda is made out of newspaper cuttings.  I looked through an old newspaper and cut out the parts which were coloured black, in photos, and I also cut out sky and leaves and trees, from photos.  I didn’t need to find white for this picture, because I worked on a white piece of paper, which is a good idea.


If I wanted, I could keep looking and find lots more green and blue to fill all the white spaces around the panda, but I am pleased with this, so I didn’t.

For the second segment of this activity, and how to make a panda out of some more things around your house, please click here! 


The third way to make a panda out of things you have around your house! Click here! 


Panda activity number four! 


More pandas on the way!  Have patience. 🙂