DIY Matisse-Inspired Catchall

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Did I ever tell you guys what a huge art nerd I am?

Yep, I’m obsessed with art.

Case in point, one time, one of my high school friends asked me what I did on summer vacation in Europe, and I said that we easily spent many days in art museums. He asked what the heck I would do for so long in art museums, and I said, “Look at art!” He had a confused look. I continued, “You know, studying the brush strokes and stuff!” He looked super confused.

Did you know I was getting my undergraduate in Art History? (Oh MAN do I love art history. Talk to me about the Italian Renaissance, and we’d be talking for hours. Such fascinating history and absolutely amazing art!)

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So, little art class – you might be familiar with the artist Henri Matisse. It’s hard for me to gauge what the most famous of his pieces are, cuz I recognize a lot of his pieces, and I might point at one and say, “that one’s really famous! People will know that one!” But then I ask my husband if he knows it, and he’s like, “uhhh no…?”

You  might know this piece. And this is one of MY FAVORITE of his pieces.

Anyway, back to the DIY. I based this catchall on this piece, The Parakeet and the Mermaid. The best part about this piece? (Other than the colors….) He made it by cutting these pieces out of paper! (Aaaaand it’s huge. It’s 11 feet tall and 25 feet wide!)

The Parakeet and the Mermaid Matisse

If you wanna learn more about Matisse and the process of how he did his “cut out” pieces – it’s fascinating (but that might just be me nerding out) – learn more here!

DIY Matisse-Inspired Catchall


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
  • White dish
  • Toothpick
  1. Cut out small shapes similar to the shapes in The Parakeet and the Mermaid.
  2. Arrange them in the dish to get the design you want. Use the glue stick and apply glue to the back of them one at a time. Smooth the pieces down so that they stick really well.
  3. Once you’ve glued down all the pieces, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.
  4. For the first few hours of drying, check on your dish every 20 minutes or so and pop any bubbles that might pop up. (Pun intended!)
    NOTE: If any of your paper pieces start pulling away from the dish, that’s okay. Use the toothpick to gently push it back down.
  5. Let your dish dry for 24 hours.

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