Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Countdown: Day 15!

As Saturday rolled around the entire Bee Family seemed to be on the mend from the cold that has been a resident in our house for about a week. So, we headed out for a fun-filled family day. All was well, the kids were happy and Mama and Papa Bee were happy to see the babies so happy. Then, the evening rolled around and Papa Bee started to complain of feeling poorly...and then Mama Bee started to feel the same way. Suffice to say, the rest of the weekend was spent with both parents curled up on the couch barely able to move. A nice weekend gone wrong.

So, the weekend's crafts were on the simple side but very needed as the poor Junior Bees were being well behaved but were parked in front of the TV all day.

So, we have...

Salt Painting Snowflakes!

What You Need:

Regular table salt
White school glue
Acrylic paints
Stiff paper
Bowls and spoons, or droppers

How To:

On a stiff piece of paper, draw your snowflake shapes in white glue. Then, sprinkle your salt over this. Sprinkle enough salt so that all of the snowflakes/glue are covered. You probably won't want to use regular computer paper because it's so thin that when you get to the painting it will leak though. 

Then, mix some acrylic paint in bowls with a small bit of water. Not too much water, mind. Then, using spoons or droppers, drop small amount of water onto the snowflakes. I was worried around  Toddler Bee just dumping awesome amounts of paint onto the snowflakes, but he was so interested in seeing the paint colours spread that he dropped on teeny tiny amounts of paint at a time. 

Just keep adding colours until you like the way it looks. But, remember that since the paint is watered down it will soak through a little more than paint normally would (that's why we did little drops at a time). Once you're done, just let it dry! It's normal for some salt to fall off as it starts to dry but it's best to leave it lying flat until it is fully dry.

And there you have some easy and pretty salt painting snowflakes!

Toddler Bee likes this one because he enjoys watching the paint spread through the salt and the way the colours mix together. I liked it because it's pretty easy and not too messy. It's a win-win for everyone!

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