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Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

2016-03-14 by Julie Kieras

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See how our Blog Ambassador Julie of Happy Strong Home turned her children’s simple spin art crafts into festive springtime decor items.

Our home is a revolving door of handmade decor – sometimes from my own crafty trials and sometimes from the kids. I love when the kids artwork adorns our walls and fridge. Sometimes I string smaller pieces (like traced and cut handprints or mittens) and swag them across a doorway. This week, the boys and I created some bright springtime decor with spin art crafts.

Whenever paint is brought out, both my little boys get wriggly with excitement. Usually we are finger painting or using brushes, but this time I brought out the Swirl ‘n Spin Art craft kit and taught the boys how to make their own designs.

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Technique Tips for Making Spin Art

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

The whole spin art project time was a learning adventure for all of us, as we experimented with various drips and drops. The boys wore their artist smocks, but surprisingly, this craft was not at all messy! The Swirl ‘n Spin Art tray keeps the paint inside, and the bottles need a good squeeze to get just a small amount of paint out. By putting our wet creations on a tray, we avoided having to handle them too much while they dried.

We learned a few techniques to make great multi-colored spin art:

  • Drop paint as close to the center as possible – the centrifugal force won’t push it back into the middle, so you want to be sure to start right there. Unless you want a bare white circle in the middle.
  • Spinning each paint color separately creates a much different result than if you drop three or four colors at once and spin. Both yield exciting results.
  • For the most dramatic designs, drop some paint and spin. Then, spin the wheel again and dribble a thin stream of paint while the wheel is spinning fast. Pull your paint stream towards the outer edge of the paper while you’re dribbling. This will give you that marbled and scalloped effect over the top of the first spun colors.
  • Squiggly lines of paint give the most color variety on a piece of spin art (versus dots or circles of paint).

We had such a great time creating our spin art pieces, I had to cut more card stock to keep making more spun designs!

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Turn your spin art into seasonal decorations!

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Kids will likely be happy to put their spin art squares on a bulletin board or fridge to display. Or… you could use them to create other pieces of artwork or decor.

A series of framed spin art would make a lovely children’s room wall hanging.

Or affix the spin art to a blank card for a colorful greeting card!

Create seasonal decorations for your home (that’s what we did!).

Springtime decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

We took our squares and traced springtime cookie cutters on the back – flowers, butterflies, and Easter eggs. Then we cut out the shapes. Now we had gorgeously marbled cutouts.

The boys used zig-zag and straight child-safe scissors to cut construction paper backgrounds for some of the shapes. We glued the marbled artwork onto the colorful squares, then hung them from a clip mobile we use for various paper art. Now we have it hanging over our kitchen table!

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

Springtime Decor with Spin Art Crafts

For a springtime tabletop decor, we made paper napkin rings. Here was another opportunity for cutting skills practice: cut stripes of colored construction paper. Wrap into a ring and tape or glue closed. Affix a marbled cutout to the top. Pull a paper napkin through!

It’s exciting to see my kids’ handiwork throughout our kitchen as we prepare to celebrate Easter and springtime! Check out more swirly art here with my DIY Marbled Paper Craft tutorial!

Share photos of your own diy springtime decor creations on Instagram using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

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Julie Kieras

Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow deep in Play Dough, or behind the pages of a book. She blogs about her family life at HappyStrongHome.com.

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