Nature Fireworks Painting Activity for Kids — with a “Plant Paintbrush”!

Nature Fireworks Painting Activity for Kids — with a “Plant Paintbrush”!
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This fun and easy fireworks painting activity is great for any time of the year, not just the Fourth of July.

What’s neat about this craft is that you use plants for a paintbush.

Not only does that make the project unique, but it means that you can combine it with a nature walk at your favorite park or hiking trail.

You and your kids will have a great time keeping your eye out for the perfect plants (ones that are a little stiff) and discovering what you bring home.

 

Materials Needed:

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  • Acrylic craft paint (pick bright vibrant colors)
  • Black cardstock
  • Large paper plate (to use as a paint palette tray)
  • Yarn, twine, or any other thick string
  • Scissors
  • Glitter
  • Leaves, berry stems, Pine Needles, etc.

Supplies for Nature Fireworks painting

 

Directions:

  1. Start by going on a nature hunt to find long leaves, berry stems, pine needles, or any other materials that would make a good nature paint brush.

    Note: Try to find plants that are stiff, or have a hard vein in the leaves, so that they will be strong enough to hold the paint and make an imprint on your cardstock.

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  3. Gather your nature findings together, all facing the same direction.
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  5. Use your scissors to cut a small piece of yarn, or other thick string.

    Cut small piece of yarn

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  7. Wrap the string around the cut end of your nature findings, around ½ inch from the cut end.

    Tie yarn around plants

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  9. Spread the leaves and stems apart, so that they create a circle. This will now be your paint brush.

    Spread plants in a circle

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  11. Make large spiraling circles or a zig zag with your acrylic paint on your paper plate.

    Zigzag paint on plate

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  13. Dip your “nature paint brush” into the paint and turn in circles until your paint brush has paint on all the leaves.

    Dig plant into paint

     

    Plant with paints on tips

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  15. Begin dotting your nature paint brush on your cardstock to make your fireworks.

    After using one color of paint, dip your nature paint brush into another color, and dot over the first fireworks you made, to make a multi-colored firework.

    Paint dotted on the cardstock

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  17. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter on your fireworks.

    Sprinkle glitter onto paint

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  19. Hold your painting up and lightly shake to remove any excess glitter. Let your painting dry completely, and enjoy your fireworks art!

    Finished nature firework glitter paint

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    Supplies for Nature Fireworks painting

    Nature Fireworks Painting

    Additional Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients

    • Acrylic paint in vibrant colors
    • Black cardstock
    • Large paper plate to use as paint pallette
    • Yarn or twine
    • Scissors
    • Glitter
    • Leaves, berry stems, Pine Needles, etc.

    Instructions

    1. Start by going on a nature hunt to find long leaves, berry stems, pine needles, or any other materials that would make a good nature paint brush.
    2. Gather your nature findings together, all facing the same direction.
    3. Cut a small piece of yarn.
    4. Wrap the yarn around the cut end of your nature findings, around ½ inch from the cut end.
    5. Spread the leaves and stems apart, so that they create a circle. (This will now be your paint brush.)
    6. Make large spiraling circles or a zig zag with your acrylic paint on your paper plate.
    7. Dip your “nature paint brush” into the paint and turn in circles until your paint brush has paint on all the leaves.
    8. Begin dotting your nature paint brush on your cardstock to make your fireworks.
    9. After using one color of paint, dip your nature paint brush into another color, and dot over the first fireworks you made, to make a multi-colored firework.
    10. While the paint is still wet, sprinkle glitter on your fireworks.
    11. Hold your painting up and lightly shake to remove any excess glitter. 

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