Painted Kids Projects Spread Holiday Cheer
by Gail McCauley
As the holiday time clock continues to tick, relaxation is premium and appears to be at a minimum!
Every precious moment seems to be occupied with shopping, parties and preparing our homes for visiting family members and guests. Taking a minute to enjoy a project with the little ones around us is one refreshing way to “stop to holiday time clock”, if only for a brief period of time!
Painted crafts are creative, do-it-yourself projects for a child of any age. Simple and inexpensively fashioned, applying paint color to a desired object offers a personalized way for a child to celebrate the holiday season. In addition to the sense of accomplishment derived from designing and creating their own gift, children can experience the joy of giving their project to a favorite friend, relative, neighbor, teacher, or coach. Select a comfortable and appropriate painting surface, then set aside a block of time when you will not let yourselves be disturbed. Then... create!!
With the application of paint color, older children can transform an inexpensive terracotta garden pot into an intriguing storage vessel that can be utilized to house small objects. The more advanced child crafter may opt to apply stencils to the smooth surface of the pot, creating innovative borders and patterns.
Personalizing ordinary canvas tote bags (a perfect gift for “moms on the go” or busy teachers) and plain t-shirts (a budget friendly choice for any friend or family member) with painted motifs becomes a cheerful challenge when fashioned in the spirit of the holiday season! To achieve the most effective project results, remember to consult with a paint expert regarding appropriate selection of paint products for the intended project surface.
Although snatching a memorable moment for yourself and your child can be easily accomplished, it will not quickly be forgotten. With paint color and tools in hand, designing a meaningful craft project for that special someone will allow both adult and child to savor the pleasure of “creating and giving” during this year's busy holiday season!
Gail McCauley for the
Rohm and Haas Paint Quality Institute