It’s the time of year to get your Christmas cards sent. We decided to make some this year. I figured for the most toddler participation, potato stamping would be the best option. (I didn’t want to have Sophia only be interested in making one or two cards and all the rest left to me)
This is so much fun! It’s all about the process and experimenting with paint and new textures.
What you will need:
White cotton fabric. (TIP: You could use pre-made napkins if you wanted to)
Cups (for watering down paints)
Regular paint brushes
Wax table cloth (the paint will go through the fabric and on to the surface below it) Or something else to protect your table
A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
Cut a piece of fabric to a manageable size, this is about 12″x18″. Then tape down the 4 corners to the work surface.
Since I have 4 foam brushes, it made sense to me to dilute 4 different colors for Sophia to use. So in a cup squirt a dime size amount of paint and then add about 1/4 cup of water and stir together to mix the paint into the water. You can add more paint if you want the color to be more vivid.
Repeat until you have several cups of diluted paints.
Have all the supplies in easy reach and you are ready to let your little one experiment and paint.
Start with undiluted acrylics, and let your little one decide the colors and how much they want to paint on. We use regular paintbrushes for the undiluted acrylics. These will show up the best and be the most vivid in the end result.
Once your little one has decided they are done painting with the non-diluted paints, move on to the diluted ones. Use the foam brushes for easy painting.
Sophia was amazed to see the paint “grow”, as she called it. 🙂
You will want to cover all of the fabric piece with the diluted paints, even in the corners you have covered with the tape. For the corners the paint will spread under the tape and it will release itself off the fabric once its wet. Remove the tape and allow to dry.
Allow to dry completely.
If you chose to make napkins this is where you need to follow an extra step of heat setting your paint.
My to go to for a quick, fun, cheap, easy to set up activity is the $1 coloring paint sets. They come with a paintbrush, two pictures to paint and 6 different paints to choose from.
I’ve found them at the Dollar section at Target and also at The Dollar Tree. I found that the ones from The Dollar Tree have been in better shape, meaning the paints haven’t been dried out. A few of the Target ones have had one of the 6 colors be dry and not usable.
I always have Sophia use a new brush for each of the 6 colors so the colors in the container don’t get mixed up.
TIP: Only open one paint color at a time for easy clean up and minimal mess.
TIP: You should have paint left over after the 2 paintings, that you could save for future painting projects.
They are always a big hit with Sophia. She loves to paint them 🙂
Buttons, cotton balls, pom poms or anything else you find laying around
Paint the ornaments as desired and allow the paint to dry.
TIP: Make sure you don’t fill the ribbon hole with paint or the ribbon won’t fit through. If you get paint in it just use a toothpick to remove the excess paint.
We added glitter to the white parts of our candy canes. Lightly brush a thin layer of mod podge on and sprinkle glitter over the wet mod podge. Allow to dry.
Using gorilla glue we glued on googlie eyes and pony beads for the “gum drop” buttons 🙂 I tried out buttons I had first but we liked the pony beads better.
We cut little felt mouths for the gingerbread men, which we gorilla glued on.
We gorilla glued on two different size gold beads on the Christmas trees.
I gorilla glued on pieces of gold string as “tinsel garland” on the trees.
We gorilla glued on gold string as halos for the angels.
Once you have all your ornaments decorated as desired allow the glue to completely dry. Once it has dried paint a thin layer of mod podge over the ornaments to help preserve them and it will give them a nice glossy finish. The mod podge dries clear so don’t worry about it looking cloudy when you put it on.
Once the mod podge has dried string your ornaments and they are ready to be hung on a tree.
Painting sun catchers is a lot of fun. It is quick, easy, cheap, and a great rainy day activity. What better to do on a gloomy rainy day than dream of the sun 🙂
Sun catchers can be bought in kits or separately. I bought mine separate and found the paint sold alone at Hobby Lobby. If you are buying separate make sure the paint is for sun catchers specifically. The different shapes you can get at Walmart or Hobby Lobby or other craft store generally they are $0.50 a piece.
These will make a great gifts for family members. The shapes do come in holiday themes as well.
What you will need:
Sun catcher shapes
Sun catcher paint
String to hang the finished project
TIP: The sun catcher paint will stain your skin if not wiped off right away.
TIP: Use a different brush for each color to help minimize colors mixing in the container
TIP: Open only one color at a time to help minimize mess, mixing of colors, and spills.
TIP: You may want to limit the amount of colors used per sun catcher. A bunch of colors mixed together will end in a brownish result in the end. The cupcake I allowed her to use 6 colors and the elephant I limited it to only 4.
Allow to air dry before putting the string on and hanging them up.