Monday, January 9, 2012

Cheap, Easy Craft: Painting with straws

Cheap, Easy Craft: Painting With Straws
I like craft projects to be:

1.  Simple
2.  Cheap
3.  Fun

It doesn't get much simpler, cheaper, or more fun that painting with straws.  First, start out with a little bit of paint, mixed with water in squeeze bottles.  You can buy these for just a couple dollars from Walmart or Hobby Lobby and I use mine a lot so they're a good investment.  If you don't have these, you could probably still make it work by pouring water and paint into sippy cups with lids or even just regular cups.  It's important to mix with a little water so that it's runny enough.

Use paint, home-made puff paint and water in these bottles for lots of fun

Then, squeeze a little of the paint onto the paper.

Preschoolers and toddlers will enjoy the sensory fun of this project

Next, show your child how to blow air through the straw to make the paint fly around the page.  Be sure to tell them not to suck back in or they'll get a mouth full of green paint!  (Not that we know this from personal experience or anything.  This did NOT happen to Munchkin Girl I swear.  Well okay, it did).  It's best to keep the straw ABOVE the paper for maximum air movement, until they get the hang of it.  You might want to set out a plastic tablecloth to avoid spattering.  Luckily, our table is finished so everything wipes right up.

Painting with straws can be a fun and easy craft project for little kids

Once they get the hang of it, watch the magic happen.  Look at that huge bubble!!

preschooler enjoying painting with a straw

Voila!  The finished product!

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  1. duh! I never even thought of this...what a fun idea!

  2. What a cool project! My kids will love this!!

  3. I want to do this! Bet she loved it. Something else to hang on the window or frig?

  4. Oh wow how cool! What a great idea! Thanks for joining Make Yourself Monday!

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  5. Ahhhh!! I love this idea! lol. So cool. I can only imagine how much fun my kids would have with this. Thanks!

  6. VERY COOL!!! My daughter loves to paint and she would love this activity :)


  7. Turned out awesome!!!
    New follower from the blog hop. :)

    Looking forward to browsing around. :)

  8. I used to love doing this when I was little and my son enjoyed it as a small child and still does on occasion as a 10 year old. There are so many creative possibilities painting like this!!

  9. what a fun idea! When I did daycare we used to find whatever we could inside & out and then they could paint... they had fun finding new stuff to use each week and were VERY creative!! their favorites were forks and rocks! (I always made sure to have plastic forks around)

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  11. This is so cool! What a great idea. I'm definitely going to remember it!
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  12. What a great idea!! I'm your newest follower via the hop, so glad I found your blog.

  13. How cute! And sure is cheap and easy!

    Stopping by and becoming a new follower from the Tuesday Friend & Follow!

  14. Hi! First time visitor here, and I found your blog through "Tuesday Friend & Follow."

    This project is so neat! Seems like just the thing to keep my 5-yo entertained during the mornings before we head on out to kindergarten.

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  15. I did this with my 18mo the other day but our paint wasn't quite runny enough. Might get some squeezy bottles and water it down a little! Looks great!

  16. Hello. I'm your newest follower from the hop. I love this idea and have used it with my own fam. It's so simple, and what kiddos don't like playing with paint? Hours of fun = awesome! I look forward to getting to know you better and getting a follow back soon :D

  17. This looks a great activity

    Thank you for linking up to Made with Love

  18. Oh my son would love this! Thanks.

  19. Totally agree: simple, cheap and fun! Love it, will pin
    Love from the 'Made with Love' link up

    ps: hope to see you again next time!

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  22. Awesome! So cool. I remember doing it in school days.


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  24. What a SUPER fun activity!! And your finished work of art is a gorgeous modern art masterpieces!! Love it!
    Beth (TGIF)

  25. that was one of my favorite art projects as a child. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  26. Thanks so much for sharing this on Sharing Saturday!!! Hope you have a great week.


  27. My kids love to do this. We've got some beautiful works of art.

  28. my kids will love trying this one out

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday
    Hope you can come and join us this week too

    Natasha xx

  29. Make sure you date this! I used my childrens' straw art for background art and the mat in framed photos. This was a fun time with our kids. Thanks for sharing your time here.

  30. Oh--how our kiddos would LOVE this!!!
    Looks like SO much fun!
    Thanks for sharing with NOBH...
    ~Kara @ The Chuppies