Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

I’ve been wanting to do something festive for the fall season. Originally I was thinking that we could make the pumpkins in to Jack-O-Lanterns by cutting faces on them, but then decided against it since Sophia’s scissor skills aren’t up to that task yet.

What you will need:

  • Liquid watercolors (can be replaced with food coloring)
  • Cups for your watercolors
  • Pipettes (you can get ones from your pharmacy)
  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Wet wipes (for clean up)
  • Baking sheet
  • Cling wrap
  • Oven (not necessary)
Liquid Watercolors
Liquid Watercolors

Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.

I chose to use red, orange, yellow, and brown liquid watercolors for our pumpkins. For each of the colors in a cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in.

So excited!
So excited!

First I sketched a pumpkin shape in pencil on to a filter that I wanted to use as a template. Cut out several filter pumpkins at the same time to with the template until you have cut out as many as you want to make. Place pumpkins on top of the cling wrap on the baking sheets. I put 2 pumpkins on top of each other (one pile had 3, we made sure to put extra paint on that one) since I only had 2 baking sheets to use and didn’t want to try to transfer wet filters.

Painting away
Painting away

I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and Iā€™m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.

Fun squirting paint
Fun squirting paint

Let your child explore and mix colors to their hearts content.

Fun mixing colors
Fun mixing colors
Wet Painted Pumpkins
Wet Painted Pumpkins

The colors will be more vibrant when wet. You want to make sure there is plenty of paint on the filters unless you are looking to have very muted colors.

All painted!
All painted!

I placed the pumpkins in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the coffee filters. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.

TIP: You can remove the pumpkins off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.

Drying out in the oven with the light on
Drying out in the oven with the light on

Once the filters have dried you can tape them on to a window and the sun will light them up beautifully.

Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkins Ready to Hang Up
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher
Liquid Watercolor Coffee Filter Pumpkin Sun Catcher

Painting wine glasses with a toddler!!

Sounds scary right? But it’s not since they don’t hold on to the glass. We had so much fun with this one! We did three different sets of glasses for Christmas presents this year. Below I’ll show you two of the 3 we did, a “Frozen” set and a “Deer” set. These could be modified for all other occasions as well, from graduation, weddings, birthdays, and even Valentines day.

Finished "deer" glasses
Finished “deer” glasses

What you will need:

    • A pair of glasses ( I got ours at the Dollar Tree)
    • Paint brushes
    • Cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
    • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Paper towel
    • Dish soap
    • A few Q-tips
    • Shaped foil stickers
    • Oven
    • Painters tape
    • Razor knife
    • Acrylic paint made for glass painting. I used these:

Plaid:Craft Martha Stewart Pearl & Metallic Acrylic Craft Paint Set-10 Colors

First, wash the glasses with dish soap and dry them well.

Second, tape the parts you don’t want paint on. I chose to tape off the stem of the glass and the rim.

Tape overlap did not line up
Tape overlap did not line up

Press the edge of the tape on tight so the paint won’t be able to seep under it.

TIP: the easiest way I found to tape the top rim is to hold the tape in one hand and slowly spin the stem so it just barely sticks to it. This was the best way I got the tape to stay at the same height around the rim.

TIP: If it doesn’t line up totally like in the picture above then use the sharp razor blade knife to trim it to your liking.

Put the glasses next to each other to line up the tape about the same height
Put the glasses next to each other to line up the tape about the same height

Put the glasses next to each other, to line up the tape on the second glass, to get the two to be about the same height.

After taping take a piece of paper towel and put some rubbing alcohol on it and wipe the area you will be painting. You want to make sure it’s totally clean or the paint wont stick as well and may chip off.

Different shaped foil stickers
Different shaped foil stickers

You want to use shaped foil stickers.

TIP: Notice that you will only see the outline of the sticker after you remove it from the glass. So if you look at the Santa stickers above, if I had used them when removing the stickers they would have only look like random blobs šŸ™‚

Stickers placed and ready to paint
Stickers placed and ready to paint

After cleaning your glasses place your stickers on as desired.

Ready to paint the "Frozen" glasses
Ready to paint the “Frozen” glasses

I would recommend sticking with two complimentary colors for painting with a toddler. For the “Frozen” glasses I chose two shades of blue.

Excited to paint!
Excited to paint!

For the “Deer” glasses I chose a green and blue paint.

Pure concentration
Pure concentration
Painting the "targets"
Painting the “targets”

It helps to tell your toddler to paint the “targets” (the stickers). You want to make sure that all sides of the stickers are covered in paint or their shapes won’t show up when removed.

Painting the "targets"
Painting the “targets”

When she got tired of one color I let her move on to the next. I didn’t wait for the paint to dry in between but allowed them to get mixed up.

Painted the "Frozen" glasses
Painted the “Frozen” glasses
All painted and ready to peel off stickers and tape.
All painted and ready to peel off stickers and tape.

Once they are painted, don’t allow the paint to completely dry before peeling the stickers and tape off (if it dries completely the paint may peel off with them). I pretty much started peeling the one that was painted first as soon as the second one was done with and I had Sophia cleaned off.

Very carefully peel the stickers off trying not to scratch off the paint around them.

What happens when you don't test the stickers first
What happens when you don’t test the stickers first

I didn’t think about how hard the snowflake stickers would be to peel off and they came off in tiny pieces, as you see above.

When you have them all peeled off, take your Q-tips and dip it in rubbing alcohol and wipe off the sticker residue and undesired paint that may have smeared on to the shapes left by the stickers.

Baking "Frozen" glasses
Baking “Frozen” glasses

Once you have the glasses cleaned off to your liking, follow the instructions on your paint for baking them. The Martha Stewart paint curing instructions said to place the glasses in a cold oven, heat the oven to 350F and bake 30 min and then leave in the oven until the oven has cooled off on it’s own. After that the glasses are finished, ready to use and top rack dishwasher safe.

"Frozen" glasses finished!
“Frozen” glasses finished!
Finished "deer" glasses
Finished “deer” glasses

(I have tissue in them so you can see the designs)