With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding quickly approaching we thought we should get a bit messy making some red, white and blue bunting to decorate our house ready for the celebrations!!
– Plastic activity mat/towels.
– Old clothes/aprons.
– Mark making tools (brushes, sponges, bottle tops, Pom-Poms etc).
– Red, white and blue paint (water-based, non-toxic).
– Paint pots.
– Paper doilies.
– Paper clips.
Step 1: Preparation.
Set up your painting space on table or floor and put on your painting clothes/aprons. We put our activity mat on the table then set out the paints, paints pots, mark making tools, doilies and glitter so they were all in easy reach. I later added in some card which I had on stand by as my son quickly needed more things to paint!
Step 2: Getting royally messy!
My son squeezed the paints into the pots – if you have a younger child you may need to do this part. To add some extra sparkle we then added some red glitter into our red paint.
We used the mark making tools to decorate the doilies (and the card). My son then painted his hands blue and made some lovely handprints so there was a great mixture of patterns and shapes which were created!
Step 3: Tidy, tidy, tidy up!
As my son wanted to put LOTS of paint on his hands this ended up being very messy – but then that’s what we love! We put our creations to the side to dry and put our reusable mark making tools to soak. I then dunked my son in a bath which quickly became very blue! I finished cleaning up when he was having his afternoon snack.
Step 4: Making the bunting.
Once the doilies and card were dry I cut them into triangles and then attached them to some wool I had strung up with red and blue paper clips. An older child may be able to help with the cutting stage. One of the pieces of card with hand prints on I kept whole as I liked it so much. We then used our red, white and blue bunting to decorate the house in preparation for the royal wedding celebrations!
We hope you all have fun celebrating this Saturday and we wish all the best to the happy couple!! Don’t forget to share what you’re doing to celebrate on instagram, Facebook or twitter and follow us at megaawesomemessyart.com