Cut straw painting

This project looked like so much fun when Putti Prapancha did it.  I'm not sure why it has taken us this long to give it a try.  I simply took some drinking straws, poked the point of my scissors into the end of the straw and cut in about an inch and repeated around the entire end of the straw.  Then I bent out the ends so they were perpendicular to the stem of the straw. 

I poured some washable kids paint into separate cups to keep the colors from turning to muck.  Then the girls began to dip the straws into the paint and stamp them onto their papers. 
 Mina started out stamping red splotches all over her paper.  I think in the future I will thin out the paint a bit with water.  It seemed so thick on the paper. 

 Next Mina decided to turn her straw around and stamp a bit with the small circular end.

 When she decided she was done with that picture she turned her paper over to start painting on the back - thank goodness for these awesome washable paints!  I didn't even lay down any newspaper underneath since usually clean up is so easy.  It would have made a beautiful print had we been able to keep it there.

 Maisy started out with the yellow paint she loves so much and moved on to pink.

 She liked stamping for a couple of minutes before moving on to just smearing the paint.  By this point the straw was so bent out of shape that it wasn't making a very nice print anyway.

 Once Mina got a new sheet of paper she was off to her straw stamping once again.  She loved to use all different colors.

 And moving on to the next paper!

 Maisy decided she would have another go on a clean sheet of paper.  Once again she decided to go for the smearing effect instead of stamping.

 Mina's final piece of artwork  - as she decided to jump up and down on the stool.  It looks like we're done painting today!

 Meanwhile, Maisy was getting a bit carried away with the paint also.  It's time to put the paints away once they start being splashed on the walls!

 Mina's 5 pieces of artwork,

And Maisy's 2 finished pieces.


  1. That is a fun project. I loved doing it myself and then twisting the straws to make circular type shapes.

  2. What a clever idea for a different kind of painting implement. I think we might have to try this! Thanks!

  3. That looks like a lot of fun - and like it might actually keep my 3 year old interested for more than a minute! I think we'll definitely have to give it a try.

  4. Looks like you had a lot of fun and lots of experimenting! The result is wonderful!

    (as always, thank you for joining in at Kids Get Crafty!)



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