I got super lucky, and got to Dollar General while they were putting everything summer/outdoors on 50-75% clearance!
One foam noodle ($.75 on sale)
Set of 3 green washcloths (didn't end up using)
3 container tray ($.50 on sale)
One vinyl table cloth ($2 on sale)
One bottle baby wash ($1.50)
Small storage cups ($1)
Small drops on tempura paints
Acrylic paint (for bubbles on tray)
$5.75 project? I'm so in.
I used an exacto knife and also a utility knife on the foam to carve shapes. The first one I drew on at first, so there are still sharpie outlines on a few. The rest I just winged. The hardest part of my project was thinking of designs I could do while avoiding the whole in the middle.
This carving process made quite a mess (which my boyfriend was just sooo happy about:P)
Said mess hung out there until I finished the project and finally got to cleaning!
I ended up with 26 stamps, but later made another not pictured here (the bubble), but you will later see anyways.
I will list what the stamp images are when I try them out later!!
Next came the paints! This was the part I was sort of worried about, but then I found this online: http://kidscrafts.suite101.com/article.cfm/body_paints_for_kids
and tested it out. I made 10 colors. The brown ended up changing and turning very dark, though I'm not sure why. The light purple I made later on for my testing.
This shows all of the stamps together except I think just one simple shape.
Top row: Moose, and... a moose. Elijah (my nephew) likes mooses!
2nd row: Fudge striped cookie, duck, sun, button, kitty, fishy
3rd row: Heart, flower, spider, tree, top hat, smiley face
4th row: Football, bubble, triangle, doughnut (sprinkled of course!), whale, puppy
5th row: Sea shell, block O (Ohio State fans, of course), leaf, square, bear, circle
Close-ups (because I LOVE the cookie and the doughnut!!)
The paint came off entirely! Not even a tiny bit stained on the grout. Decided to then have a little more fun with them...
...and stamped bubbles all over the walls!
I then made a bag to hold the stamps out of the table cloth (sorry I didn't have a before picture of it, or a standing up-right after picture) and painted simple bubbles on the paint tray.
annnd everything together!
I can't wait to send these to my nephew! My S-I-L said he really digs stuff like this. He's an excellent finger painter at a mere 2 1/2! Thanks for checking my project out, sorry for all the pics, and good luck to all in the challenge! Can't wait to see what else pops up!