No matter what your age, painting is always fun. There are no rules~ so just have fun with it! Home made art is the best kind. You can make your own art gallery to display the talents of the family!
For the younger kids finger paints are the best. Kids love getting messy and using their hands. I found this great recipe for home made finger paint .
- 1/4 cup of cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
- Washable, nontoxic tempera paint
- Finger-paint paper or freezer paper
- Masking tape
Then get some paper and let them go nuts! You will love what they come up with!
For the older family members, go to Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and get canvas, paints, brushes, and paper. You can get inspiration from art books or just let your imagination take over and paint an abstract. Whatever you choose it will turn out great, I promise!
This is such an easy and fun way to decorate for the holidays! Now everyone can have show their creative side. It is even cute to make them for other holidays. For Birthdays, Halloween, Easter and the 4th of July!
Almost any jar works for this project: Baby-food, pimiento, and olive jars are good choices. Look for plastic or ceramic figurines (metal ones are prone to rust) at flea markets and hobby or model-railroad shops. Synthetic evergreen tips are available at many floral-supply stores.
If the jar lids are not in seasonal colors already, paint them with oil-based enamel paint. Sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough. With clear-drying epoxy, adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid, and let the epoxy dry.
Fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water; add a pinch of glitter and a dash of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly. Don’t add too much, or the glitter will stick to the bottom of the jar when it’s flipped. Screw on the lid tightly, being careful not to dislodge the figurine. Turn the jar over and back again — and let it snow.
Vanilla Cupcakes are fun and easy to make. After they cool-it’s time to DECORATE!
2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter (no substitutes)
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin cups well or line with buttered paper cups (use any size muffin tins for this recipe).
Sift flour and other dry ingredients together.
In a separate bowl, combine butter, milk, eggs and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture.
Fill prepared muffin tin with batter, filling 2/3 full.
Bake in a preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or for 10-20 minutes (depends upon size of muffins).
You can decorated each cupcake depending on the season or just do whatever!