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Friday, May 22, 2009

Fabulous Fireworks

I found this great craft that I thought looked like fireworks, so I thought I would share it with you. Sounds easy, right? Well, this one took some trial and error. When I saw it I thought--"Wow, I can use glitter paint and make the fireworks look like they are sparkling." Sounds plausible? So I get my black paper, paint, and supplies and was disappointed. Then I got my black paper and some tempera and thought well, "I'll forget the sparkle but it will still look neat." Again, no luck. My conclusion, black paper is not good to do this project on.

I then changed my paper color to dark blue and had more success, but didn't think of trying the glitter paint on the blue paper so I'm not sure how that would look.

For the project you will need:

doilie ( I used three)
tempera paint
12x18 dark blue construction paper
sponges (I used sea sponges)

The first part was to find a doilie that wasn't solid in the middle. You want to have one with lots of holes so the paint will go through. But, if you don't have one I think you could overlap them and the middle space would be covered.



Put some paint on a small paper plate. Then place one doilie in the center of the paper. Next, use the sponge to dab paint all over the doilie. (Mess will ensue, but isn't that more fun.) Now pick up the doilie and you have a beautiful firework. I added two more fireworks on mine.





I hope these pictures can give you a good idea. Of course, I did this at the school and my camera battery ran out. I also was thinking fluorescent paint would probably give some bright colors too. Have fun!

Just an FYI: you can wash glitter paint out of a sponge, but I don't think the sponge will ever be free of glitter again. I have trailed glitter all over the room from my clean sponges:).

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15 comments:

Michelle Sybert said...

This idea rocks my socks off! SO cute!

BranFlakes said...

cute!

Miller Moments said...

what a fun idea for 4th of July!

MommaYoung said...

That is so perfect.... Gotta ad this to my list..

Jen said...

So pretty!! Thanks for doing all the trial and error for us! Right up the girls alley- glitter paint- Yeah!!

Jen

Patti said...

I think this would work well with shimmer paint. The glittery bits are so small they don't get stuck in things like sponges.

I had to laugh though at your glitter note since I spent most of today with a little piece of gold glitter stuck to my cheek that I could not get off for anything. Oy! That's what I get for deep cleaning the classroom.

K, @ Heart NOW Orange Juice! said...

SO CUTE! I was trying to figure out what the heck you used before I scrolled down...SMART! :)

Denise said...

I just added this to my list of things to do this summer! Thanks!

melinda said...

Great! Glittery, fun!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

This is fabulous!! Thanks for the tip about the black paper. Love the glitter paint...wow!

Princess Mommy said...

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Anne said...

I love these. My girls will too!

Kristin said...

Really fun unique idea! Thanks for sharing!

C.R.A.F.T. said...

i love this idea! I am featuring this tomorrow :)

mother★lode said...

what a cool way to paint fireworks - i'm definitely going to try this with my daughter this week! i've also shared the link on my blog in this week's roundup of links i love, here:
http://www.camilledawn.com/2010/06/tuesday-tumblr-3.html