Craft ideas for kids: Masking tape canvas painting

We’ve been trying out some simple craft ideas for kids this summer.  Masking tape painting was heaps of fun and resulted in some fantastic artwork!

A couple of weeks ago we tried this masking tape canvas painting activity, as part of a fabulously crafty playdate with my childhood friend Supermum and her little ones; Superboy & MiniMunchkin.
Supermum brought all the supplies…

For masking tape canvas painting, you will need:

  • mini canvases (these were from The Works)
  • paint
  • masking tape
  • brushes / sponges / rollers

COST: a few quid
AGE: babies and up
TIME: 10 minutes (plus drying time)

Masking tape canvas painting #craft #kids #create #paint #mess #make #do #art #outdoor #toddler

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How-to: masking tape canvas painting

We set out the canvases in the garden and used masking tape to make letters and shapes on them.  Then the kids used the rollers, brushes and sponges to layer on the paint.  After they were done, we put them on top of the shed to dry in the sunshine.  After a break for pizza, we peeled off the masking tape and admired our art.

Pickle was a bit over-enthusiastic and had sponged off some of his masking tape and Chops couldn’t wait to start painting, so we didn’t bother putting tape on his at all, but both of them ended up with a wall-worthy piece of art anyway.
As you can see, Superboy’s S and star and MiniMunchkin’s M all turned out brilliantly!

Masking tape canvas painting finished! #craft #kids #create #paint #mess #make #do #art #outdoor #toddler

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What summer art and craft activities have you been up to?  Please do link via comments, I’d LOVE to see..!

Want some more craft ideas for kids?  How about a no-spill pig watering can (made from a recycled plastic milk jug), or 20 reasons to paint rocks (yes, really)?

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'Craft ideas for kids: Masking tape canvas painting' have 18 comments

  1. August 21, 2013 @ 10:42 am Kate @Crafts on Sea

    These look brill! I’m going to try them out next time my son had friends over so I can look like a super mum 😉


    • August 21, 2013 @ 2:13 pm Hodge Podge

      You ARE a super mum Kate! 😀 Think they would be great for a kid’s summer birthday party too – far cooler to take home than a goodie bag.


  2. August 21, 2013 @ 1:39 pm Mammasaurus

    Ooo cool idea – and I have all the bits here too *forms a cunning painting afternoon plan*


    • August 21, 2013 @ 2:14 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay – do it, do it (and then come back and let me know how it goes)! 😀


  3. August 21, 2013 @ 2:53 pm Jenny

    Looks so much fun, definitely keeping this in mind for my two! Found you via Blog Love Day.


    • August 21, 2013 @ 7:50 pm Hodge Podge

      Hi Jenny, thanks so much for visiting and commenting! How lovely that someone put me on Blog Love Day – makes me feel all warm and fuzzy 🙂

      Just popped over to your lovely blog – the Playmobil jars are super-cute!


  4. August 21, 2013 @ 7:30 pm mama undone

    Brilliant idea, will definitely be trying this out with my kids.


    • August 21, 2013 @ 7:58 pm Hodge Podge

      Yay – hope they enjoy it! Remember to have some gin & weetabix for breakfast before you begin… 😉


  5. August 21, 2013 @ 8:40 pm Cat (Yellow Days)

    I love this idea, I’m a bit craft-phobic but I think my two would love it.


    • August 21, 2013 @ 8:53 pm Hodge Podge

      Thanks so much for visiting and commenting Cat. Honestly, you cannot mess this craft up (as my 2 proved)!
      Just found your hot cross brioche recipe and now my mouth is watering… I may have to give them a go 🙂


  6. August 22, 2013 @ 11:00 am Actually Mummy

    That’s an awesome idea! Even I could do that 🙂


    • August 22, 2013 @ 12:55 pm Hodge Podge

      It was so much fun Helen! I really like the effect that MiniMunchkin got where her paint had leaked under the tape on the left side of her M.

      If your kids are HP fanatics, you could do a canvas for each of the Houses: S, H, G & R in their house/Quidditch team colours! 😉


  7. August 24, 2013 @ 2:20 pm Becky Goddard-Hill (@babybudgeting)

    Looks great fun!


    • August 25, 2013 @ 7:08 pm Hodge Podge

      It really was Becky! Not often you find a craft that all ages and abilities can have a go at (which produces a great final piece too) 🙂

      P.S. I’ve just followed your site via bloglovin


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