Homemade Paint!

Looking for an easy homemade nontoxic paint for your little one to be creative?  Well, look no further!  We experimented with several types of homemade paint and below are our favorite recipes!


Kids of all ages love painting!  You can have your little one finger paint, use brushes, sponges, or even potatoes!

So we started off making completely edible finger paint with only a couple ingredients!

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Here is what you will need: (this makes enough for about 4-5 different colors depending on how much you want for each)…

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • extra water to thin out
  • food coloring, watercolors, or natural colors such as beet, carrot, tumeric

Instructions:

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  1. Place pot over medium heat and pour flour and water into pot and continuously stir the ingredients until it becomes a thick paste.
  2. Take the pot away from the heat when it no longer sticks to the sides
  3. Add cold water to the blob until it reaches the consistency you like and place the amount you desire into separate bowls to color.
  4. Add food coloring, watercolors, natural colorants such as beet or carrot juice, turmeric spice
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  6. These can be enjoyed right away or stored in the fridge!!

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This paint works well for fingerpainting or sponge painting.  You can also use brushes but as you see in the photo, the colors come out thinner and lighter than traditional paint.  The color dries on without fading. We used the paint several days in a row.

 

And who doesn’t love watercolors?  The problem with watercolors is that the colors can mix and you only get very small amounts of each color.  However, this can all change with homemade watercolor paints!

photo by factorydirectcraft
photo by factorydirectcraft
tbsp. baking soda
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 tsp. light corn syrup
2 tsp. corn starch
food colors*
containers for storing paints*
something to stir with (toothpicks)

photo from happyhooligans
photo from happyhooligans

You can use a muffin pain, disposable cups, egg cartons, or any other container that you aren’t going to use for a couple days.

Instructions:

1)Mix baking soda & vinegar in a cup with a spout.  I used my Pyrex measuring glass.  Let the kids watch as it fizzes

2) Add in light corn syrup and stir.

3) Stir in the corn starch until well combined.  (If it gets too thick, add a little more vinegar.)

4)Pour into your paint containers- not too full, you need room for the food colors.

5)Add the food colors and stir until you reached your desired color!

6) Now if you want them to harden into hockey pucks you have to let them sit almost two days!  If you plan on using it right away that’s fine too!

 

Sponges and potatoes!! 


You can cut out designs in potatoes or out of sponges and dip into paint and press just like a stamp! I remember doing this as a child! 


You can also use cookie cutters and paint the potato. This picture was taken from Fun stuff
Dollar store sponges are great to cut out designs for painting! 

Enjoy! 

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Reversible Lace Baby Sunhat!

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Are you looking for a cute sunhat to shade your little one from the sun?
Well, this matching reversible hat is the perfect one!  It works great for pictures and photo shoots as well.  The hat is also an easy pattern that can be completed in under an hour.  The hat really completes the outfit as you can see above!!!

You can look back at my last tutorial on how to make a peasant dress to make a matching dress.

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What you will need:

  • The free pattern here:    sunhat 001
  • fabric (can do one color or two)
  • lace and or buttons (optional)
  • scissor
  • matching thread

For the people who enjoy a visual demonstration, below is the YouTube video.  Following that, is the written and picture directions.

 

 

Okay, first you need to cut out your pattern pieces.  You need 8 crown pieces and 4 brim pieces.  If you want two different colors for each side then its half in one color half in the other!

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Next, you take two of your crown pieces and place them together with fabric patterns facing each other.  Pin and sew down one side.  This is what it will look like unfolded.

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Then take another piece and place on one of the two pieces sewn together.  You again want fabric pattern to fabric pattern facing each other.  Then sew the one side.  Do this until you have four pieces.  Once you have all four pieces sew the four side together as well.

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And WA-La!  You have your first crown hat completed. Now start the process again with either the same color, or if you are using a different color scheme on the other side of the hat use that.  Complete another crown.

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One you have the two crowns, you want to line up two of your brim pieces with the patterns facing each other.  Sew the small short ends together as indicated on the pattern pieces.  Then do this for the other two pieces as well so you have two full circle brim pieces.

Next, you want to connect the brim pieces to the crown pieces.  You do this by magic.  Hah, no just kidding, you face fabric to fabric again and sew around the edges.

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Then you will end up with two formed hats!  Trim around the seems.

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Next you want to make 2 into 1!!!  So to do this, you need to place fabric to fabric again. So put one hat inside out and line up the outside brim pieces again.  Remember to match up the seems of the crown and brim to each other.  Pin, then sew around the outside leaving a 3 inch opening.  This opening will allow you to turn the hat right side out.

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Once completed turn right side out by pulling the fabric through the opening.

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Now, you want to sew that hole closed.  To do this, fold in the edges and either press or pin to stay.  Then sew it closed baby!  Press the seems

So this is your hat.  If you want to add a button or lace continue on.

I decided to add lace to match the peasant dress tutorial completed last week.

Line the lace up with the brim and pin.  Then just sew on!  AND WA=la!  Beautiful matching hat complete!

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