Monday, January 9, 2012
Cheap, Easy Craft: Painting with straws
I like craft projects to be:
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.
Then, squeeze a little of the paint onto the paper.
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.
Once they get the hang of it, watch the magic happen. Look at that huge bubble!!
Voila! The finished product!