Straw Painting

It’s been great to go outdoors and enjoy the sun this summer! But it’s also important to have some time in the shade so as to not over do it. Along with fun in the sun, we try and do anΒ indoor activity each day. Recently, we had a lot of success with Straw Painting. The kids loved it and we ended up with some great artwork that we will be putting on our walls.


straw painting supplies
1. Straws – make sure they are not too long otherwise it’ll be too hard for the kids to get the paint to move around
2. Thick white paper or canvas – You can use any paper that’ll hold paint or you can even buy small canvases from the dollar store
3. Different colors of paint – Use pourable paint. Or you can even make your own paint with this simpleΒ paint recipe.
4. Small bowls or containers – this is for mixing the paint and water
5. Water – It will help thin out the paint and make this activity easier for younger kids

1. Pour paint into different containers. Add a little bit of water to the paint to thin it out and make it it easy to blow with a straw.
2. Pour little blobs of paint on the canvas and let them create, slowly adding more. (Tip: Have a talk about only blowing out of the straw, not sucking.)

Straw Painting Collage3. Once you’re done, let it dry and find the perfect spot to display your children’s works of art.

Kids showing straw painting

26 thoughts on “Straw Painting

  1. This looks like fun and something that would keep kids entertained for some time. This is something that can truly bring out their artistic side. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Cool idea, Salma! I know some littlies that would be delighted and one in particular who would have his fingers in the blogs of paint in no time. My concern, as you mention, would be that a child might inhale or suck rather than blow. Perhaps add a recommended age for this activity. Just a suggestion. Love the paintings and the artists! Thanks. HUGS <3

    1. Thanks Judy and thanks for your suggestion as well. I actually made a little hole at the top of the straw so they would only be able to blow, not suck so maybe I should include that πŸ™‚

  3. How wonderful!!! I loved the idea and definitely will pass it over to friends with kiddos πŸ™‚ Lovely to connect with you dear… πŸ™‚

  4. Great idea. My kids would really have enjoyed painting with straws when they were younger. Its great that you’ve included a link for a paint recipe – it would be important not to use anything toxic. Children like to take experimentation to the next level and I wouldn’t put it past them to suck up some of the paint.

  5. This looks interesting and a nice idea to engage your kids. Thanks for idea and will try some straw painting with my kiddo πŸ™‚

  6. Great craft idea! I am going to try this with my son. Thank you for linking up at the Monday Funday linky party last week. This week your post was included as a feature!

    Hope you have a great Monday!

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