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kid craft monday on tuesday–silhouette painted picture…

Here’s the downside of prescheduling all our posts…

you forget when they stop.

so let’s just call this an april fools and put the kid craft monday today..

BUT FIRST:

my lisa leonards winner is up (go here and check out rafflecopter widget)

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today we are showing our spring break fun:

silhouette art

something super easy..and looks pretty dang cool when its’ all said and done!

first..i googled the kids favorite animals and found silhouettes and cut them out with my cameo….
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i peeled and stuck them onto white cardstock (you could use canvases if you want)

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here’s a few tips for painting with your kids.

don’t.

okay.okay. it’s not that bad. just semi bad. but here’s some tricks to make it easy.

i buy plastic tablecloths and use them underneath. you need something big. newspaper is just too small.

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also..let them only pick up to three colors. (especially when they are little) if you put all 10 colors on the coolwhip lid (another tip use butter/coolwhip/sourcream lids!) your 4 year old will start out painting nice and then soon they all get mixed in and you have a poo brown picture.

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here’s another awesome little product: floating medium. my kids think watercolors are a cop out. they want to use mom’s real paint. so i pour the paint and squirt some floating medium onto each blog. it makes the paint not as thick and it goes a lot further. i use it a TON even when i’m painting. if i’m not going for heavy coverage i love it. it just glides on so much smoother (floating medium is actually already in your paint. you know when your paint has been sitting for awhile and you don’t shake it and when you squirt it out and you get a clear gel before the paint comes out? THAT is floating medium!)

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then you have your kids paint right over….

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then you{ oh so carefully} peel off the vinyl. in some spots it started peeling up the paper..just go slow and work with it.

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this shark was mine….

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then i grabbed some dollar store frames…

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gave them a spray of white… DSC02248

and framed the images

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and hung them up

(in a dark hallway)

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they are pretty proud….

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we had a bunch of paint leftover…so i sipped around the silhouettes and we did round two so everyone could try a different animal…

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and look how fun these silhouettes would be..

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About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.