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