Don’t go into this project thinking you’re going to come out clean, wear clothes you have no emotional attachment to at all. Your kids are going to have as much fun with this project as ours did, so let’s get messy!
- Canvas (any size you want)
- Acrylic paint (colors are up to you)
- Drill & drill bit Scrap piece of wood (long enough to fit two ends of your canvas)
- Two small screws
First,you’ll take your scrap piece of wood screw it into the wood frame edge of the canvas. Then in the middle you will make a hole. This is how the drill will spin the canvas and create a splatter effect later. For reference on what it should look like, look at this!
You will have to set up your area and keep an eye on the wind. We recommend a tarp or cut up garbage bag to attempt to keep paint off your driveway or sidewalk. (Notice the word attempt there!)
Once you do this, now it is really time to have some fun.
We let each of our kids pick whatever color they would like for their canvas. We also let them squeeze and open the bottles themselves. These kinds of movements are great for fine motor skills. It additionally requires patience and hard work as the easy thing to do is to just do it for them. Not the case here, we wanted the kids to do this project pretty much by themselves, well expect the drill of course
So once everyone had their turn, and anyone who wanted to go again could, it was time for the drill!
Using the premade hole, you did at the beginning, you’ll insert the drill into that hole again and spin away! In this instance we did not let the kids do it just because their clothes get dirty enough without acrylic paint. However, if you are going to do this at home, why not let them try? Just tell the in-laws the kids need clothes for Christmas…
Here is the final masterpiece!
Didn’t it turn out amazing?
After our project we talked with the kids about wind, force and what made the colors move. Of course, everyone had to try out the drill later and there definitely were some attempts at trying to touch the paint.
Overall it was a great art project and we can’t wait for you guys to try this at home!