Does anyone remember spin art as a kid? I’m pretty sure we used everything the kit gave us and more on the first day, sorry mom! I just remember hours of fun experimenting with colors, patterns and the like to make some pretty awesome art work. However, I also remember the ridiculous amount of clean up that went with all the tiny parts… guess you win some, you lose some.
While those days may be gone, I still like to do my fair share DIY Spin Art and I adore doing it with the little ones. I come over an they ask for it! They can experiment with colors and using the salad spinner method helps the toddlers work on fine motor skills. Win Win! Honestly though, even though there is a some clean up with this (parts) it is relatively mess free when it comes to kids and hands.
DIY Spin Art Easter Banner
What you need:
Paper Plates, heavy card stock or index cards (6 or more)
Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Ocean Breeze, Olive Green, Light Yellow, Bright Pink and Silver – (You don’t really need the silver, I just happened to have it on hand and the kids became obsessed with it.)
Paper towels for clean up
Black Sharpie or Black acrylic paint
Okay, you got everything? Awesome. If you’re using paper plates (which I do) cut the ridges off so you have a circle that is just big enough to fit inside the salad spinner. Use the left over ridges as crowns. Its funny.
Use your masking tape to attach the cardstock/plate/index card to the bottom of the INSIDE of the salad spinner.
Drop your paint in strategic spaces no more than 3-4 colors/sheet. Since I work with toddlers we made sure to use the term “Chelsea’s hands”. What that means is that only Chelsea can touch that item, whether its paint, scissors, a hot oven, etc. So my rule for paint at 5 and under is “Chelsea’s hands”. They still get the joy of picking the colors and telling you where to put it, but you are controlling the flow of paint so they don’t squirt out an entire bottle in one go. (I learned that the hard way)
And SPIN! If you’re working with multiple kids have them take turns until the last person is done. This way no one is waiting to get to do their own and they all get a chance to help their friends or siblings create.
Reveal your art work! Kids will be so excited to see what they made, and each time is different so no one will have the same style.
After your art has dried, use a sharpie or black paint to write the word EASTER across 6 pieces. Use your hole punch to punch 2 holes in the tops of each. Thread your ribbon through each piece.
And voila! A super fun and creative easter project that the kids can be proud of! Use the masking tape to hang it or use the ribbons to tie it between a doorway or window.
Salad Spinner – $5-10
Paper Plates – $2
Paint – $5
Ribbon – $1
Hole Punch – $2
Total Cost: $20 or less – you’ll probably have a lot of this on hand. This is a super conservative estimate because I got a lot of my products from the dollar tree or Ikea.