Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mama Loves: Painting Crafts

Welcome to another week of Mama Loves! I'm so thrilled that you stopped by!

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Also---to see all the amazing ideas that have been shared here, check out the Mama Loves Pinterest page. So many crazy-good ideas there!
Check out these awesome, mama (and papa) approved ideas:
If there's one thing I've learned from Pinterest, it's that, while some of the ideas on there have me racing to the nearest craft store---there are plenty of things already around the house that I can use to entertain the girls without setting foot outside of the house.

Cheaper and easier.

I've discovered that you don't have to paint with just paint brushes.

You can paint with: 
  • pine needles
  • peach pits
  • corn husks
  • packing peanuts
  • bubble wrap
  • Q-tips
  • pencil erasers
  • cotton balls
  • flowers
  • pom-poms
  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • plastic pop bottles
  • toothbrushes
  • dice
  • hands and feet, of course  
You can see the details of every one of those craft ideas here.

If you avoid paint, because your littles like to put things in their mouths---there are a few great (easy!) recipes for edible paint over here as well.

I've been collecting and organizing all these painting ideas for quite some time, but hadn't tried them out.

One snowy day, I decided to grab some pine needles, and have the girls paint the snow they were watching fall from the sky.

I used:
  • construction paper
  • white paint
  • pine needles
  • my old tee shirt as a painting smock
  • glue

It was messy, but they were entertained for a good 30 minutes making their "snow". They dipped the pine needles in white paint, and painted on the construction paper.

After the paint dried, we glued the pine needles on the paper for trees.

Here are the finished products:

Can't wait to see what you're loving this week!

Manic Mother

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MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

You are a brave mama! I'm sure your girls loved it, though! :)

championm2000 said...

We should try this could be the only time this winter the babies see "snow."

Corinne Ritz said...

You're really nice. I just don't like messes. Therefor, I do NOT like paint. I avoid it. When I see these cute things on pinterest, do I pin them? NOPE! Your girls will be much further ahead than my boys will. Good for you!

Miss Megan said...

Very creative! My girls LOVE watching the snow - this would be a great activity for them! It would be messy, but an old tshirt is a perfect painting smock for them. Brilliant!
And the pictures are cute after they dry as well - an added bonus =)

Just Another Mom of Twins said...

That looks like so much fun BUT messy...I gotta work on that....LOL!

Linking up for the first time! I tried to cipy code to my blog...hope it works!!


Once Upon A Time said...

Thanks for helping me get past of my painting fear. :)

I did the white paint with pine needles thing with my kindergartners this December, and using the tips turned out really cute. In the past I've used bubble wrap, but the tips actually looked like snowflakes.

Keep posting your fun projects- You are inspiring me! :)