Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Salad Spinner Painting–Patriotic Star Garland

We tried out salad spinner painting to make this super cute patriotic star garland.  This is a perfect craft for 4th of July!  It’s also a cute thing to send to deployed military members.


While the kids were napping, I cut out five circles out of card stock to fit in the bottom of my salad spinner.  I drew a star on one side of the paper so that I would easily be able to cut the shapes later.

I had everything ready to go when the kids woke up. 

The first circle was placed in the salad spinner basket with the star drawing side down.  I used medicine droppers to drop spots of red and blue paint.  We used Crayola Washable Kid’s Paint; wouldn’t want to ruin my salad spinner!


Close up the salad spinner, and then it’s time for the fun part – spinning!

The kids had a blast taking turns spinning our paintings!


After taking the first painting out of the spinner, I decided to mix a little water in with our paint.  The thinner paint spread out a lot better.

Once the paint was dry, I used the star outlines that were on the back side of the painting to cut each circle into a star.

Next, I cut slits into each horizontal point on the stars and strung a piece of red ribbon through.  Before stringing, I cut the end of the ribbon into a point and sealed the edge with a lighter to make it easier to fit through the slits. 

When all of the stars were on the ribbon, I knotted loops into both ends of the ribbon to serve as hangers.  I tied a decorative bow around where I had knotted the loop.  I also put smaller decorative bows between each of the stars.


I love the way this garland turned out!  I’d really like to keep it for myself, but I already promised the kids that we would send it to Daddy.  We may just have to make another one to have here at home!

This post is linked to:
* We Did It! Wednesday @ Sew Much Ado
* Summer Safari – Pennant Party @ Craft Monkey
* HIGH PAW – Show Us Your Best @ Best Toys for Toddlers
* It’s Playtime! @ Hands On: As We Grow
* Made by Little Hands Monday @ Delicate Construction
* Show & Tell @ ABC and 123


Eileen said...

That's so neat, Jenny!
I assume this is an old salad spinner..

Jenny said...

Thanks! And no, it's our regular salad spinner. I used Crayola washable (non-toxic) kid's paint. The paint came off with just water, but I handwashed it, washed it in the dishwasher, handwashed it again, and have it waiting in the dishwasher to be washed again - just to be safe!

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

That is awesome! I LOVE that you used your salad spinner! How creative and fun for the kids!!! Thanks for linking up to the Summer Safari Pennent Party!!

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

Have yet to try the salad spinner but it just gave me some inspiration for a 4th craft too -- hopefully the spinner will get Henry in the mood to create! He's been really down about it lately. Thanks so much for playing at It's Playtime this week!

Messy Kids said...

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Michelle said...

Turned out awesome! :) Featuring this post on this week's High paw! Thanks for adding it to the list! :)