With the first snow of the season, it just seemed natural that we do a snowflake craft this week. My daughter loves to paint, and I honestly don’t get the paint out often enough, so we mixed the two together and did some fun (and pretty!) relief painting snowflakes.
Relief Painting Snowflake Craft:
- Construction Paper
- Paper Plates
- Sponges (Snips of clean kitchen sponges will work.)
- Acrylic Paint (I love these washable paints!)
Start the craft by cutting out several snowflakes. You can adjust this step of the snowflake craft depending on the age of the kids. Older kids can do the folding and cutting on their own. For younger kids you may want to draw triangles, half ovals, etc. along the paper folds and allow the kids to then try cutting on the lines. Make the shapes super simple for the youngest ones! Or, you could even have the snowflakes pre-cut.
Once you have your snowflakes, it is time for the real fun.
Pour a little paint, in “winter colors,” onto several paper plates. (We chose to use white, blue, and purple.) Give each of your artists a thick sheet of paper, suitable for painting, and a small sponge.
Using the cut out snowflakes like stencils, lay the snowflake on the paper and use the sponge to dab paint along the snowflake’s edges. It is helpful to start with the largest snowflakes first. This allows you to layer smaller ones on top.
Laying the snowflake down on the paper again and using a different color paint provides a beautiful picture!
My oldest chose to use her small snowflakes, mixed with the larger one, to create this lovely design.
If you let the paint dry on the snowflake stencils, they look lovely hanging with a pretty little ribbon. (Bonus craft!)
This simple snowflake craft, using relief painting, looks beautiful hanging on the doors.
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