I was looking around for some easy holiday art projects for kids that my 3 year old son could do. He loves to paint and make messes, so when I stumbled upon this on Pinterest, I thought it was perfect for him! The original awesome step-by-step tutorial right here.
The materials are easy to find, and I knew my son would love to spread paint around a canvas with reckless abandon. So one Sunday afternoon, we had some fun.
What you need:
- Canvas of your desired size (I used 12″x12″)
- Masking or Painters tape
- Acrylic craft paint in desired colors
- Paint brushes or sponge brushes
Take your canvas and with the masking tape, tape on the pattern that you want your snowflake to look like. You can get as intricate as you wish with different lines and snowflake patterns. For this one, since it was my first time, I kept it super simple with very basic lines. I probably could have used more “flourishes” on my snowflake since the finished product looks kind of plain.
Once you have the design taped the way you like, get the paint and the brushes and let your kid go to town on the canvas. Here, I just squeezed the paint on a plastic plate and let him go. My only instructions were to not leave any white spots on the canvas.
Painting is serious business apparently.
I helped him get the edges of the canvas covered, but the rest was all him. Once they have completely covered the canvas, you let the paint fully dry. I let mine dry over night. It will look sort of like the pic below.
Once it is all dry, just peel all the paint off from the canvas, and you should have some lovely snowflake art your kids will be proud of. Here is our final product…
So they are a bit basic. Maybe could use a few extra lines. I’ll just call them “perfectly imperfect”, as that is what all snowflakes are. Am I right?
My son is certainly proud of his efforts. Every time he sees them, he likes to exclaim “I made that!” I love it.