The day after we got back from Charleston was my little’s birthday!  To celebrate we hosted an ART PARTY for her and her friends.  What a blast.  I completely got sucked into Pinterest in planning this one…so much fun.  We made art portfolios for each of the girls, and put out markers, paints, stickers and pens for them to decorate them while we prepared for the main activity.  They loved it and the portfolios were super simple to make and served as a great way for the girls to transport all of their masterpieces home when the party ended.  I picked up poster board from the Dollar store, and folded it in half, using decorative duct tape I sealed up the sides.  By folding the duct tape in half into itself I made handles and simply taped them on…the most difficult part was trying not to get the tape stuck to anything else while doing this!  We made an assortment of colors and styles for the girls to choose from.

For our main activity we did Suminagashi- Japanese marbling.  I purchased this kit on Amazon, and we used inexpensive marker paper from Target.  A few roasting trays from the Dollar store worked great to fill with water.  This is an easy and impressive craft to do with kids, it was a huge hit.  You can view a great video tutorial on it here.  I have a feeling we’ll be doing this alot more, but next time I will invest in the paper recommended in the video.  But for our purposes the cheap paper worked well. We only used a tiny bit of the paint for the party- even though we made around 25 prints so this is really economical and even some of the parents jumped in and couldn’t resist making a few of their own.

The girls also did spin art using a thrifted salad spinner I picked up.  I cut small squares of watercolor paper and the girls squirted liquid watercolors on top of their paper after placing it into the salad spinner.  They put the top on and started spinning as fast as they could.  They then took the top off to reveal their painting.  We had an area with clothesline and clothespins to hang their art to dry.

The best part?  The rainbow cake and paintbrush rice krispy treats.  The face painting and snow cones were a hit too!  My iPad is making posting difficult so all my pics are below!



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