I first made these ‘mess free paintings’ when Rosie was about 9 months old. It was a rainy afternoon and I was looking for something that would keep Rosie occupied, could be used as a gift for Father’s Day and used things that we had in the house so that I didn’t have to brave the supermarket. The great thing about them is they are completely customisable and dont take much time (or effort) at all – they would make a fab homemade Christmas present!
- To begin, trim your paper so that it fits inside the sealable bag. I used a thick card so that it had a bit more rigidity and didn’t crease too much when painted on.
- Add dollops of paint in to the bag, on top of the paper. This doesn’t need to be in any particular order, although you need a good amount of each paint so that it can be moved around easily.
- Add glitter glue, sequins or glitter. This is a great way to use up some glitter as it stays inside the bag and doesn’t go everywhere.
- Seal the bag. You may want to sellotape over the seal for added protection before sticking the bag to a hard surface. This is a great extra step if you have a very inquisitive toddler! I had Rosie in her high chair and taped it to the tray which worked really well. You could tape it to a table or baking tray for an older child.
- Let the child have loads of sensory fun, squashing the paint under their fingers and moving it around the page. Sit down with a cuppa and enjoy a few minutes of peace.
- When they have had enough, remove the paper from the bag and leave to dry. I found the easiest way to get it out, was to cut along 3 sides of the bag and then lift out the paper. When the painting is fully dry, trim to size and place in a photo frame ready for gifting. I found a silver frame for less than £2 at Asda but they have great ones at Ikea, TKMaxx and Hobbycraft as well. We made them for a couple of family members and they were very well received – it’s an especially good one for grandparents!
Do you have any toddler friendly craft ideas? Bonus points if they involve very little mess! Let me know if you give this a go.