Dip Dye Doily Flowers

Create some beautiful, rainbow coloured flowers using paper doilies and liquid watercolour paints in a fun, hands on painting method for kids! These look beautiful in a vase for Spring and would make a stunning Mother’s day or Easter gift!

 We recently did a fun science experiment where we placed flower stems in jars of coloured water and watched what happened (you must try this if you haven’t yet!) Instead of tipping out the jars of highly concentrated food colouring and water, we used them to become our own liquid water colour paints and experimented with a dip dying method of painting.

 I found some paper doilies and we folded them roughly into quarters, then dipped each one individually into a different jar of the liquid colouring. We rotated the doilies so that they were each coloured differently and each colour was used each time.

Next we opened them up very carefully as they were a little soggy and prone to tearing, and laid them out to dry on kitchen towel. The kitchen papers themselves then became beautiful art works as they caught the drips and the colours blended together! We will be making something with them soon too.
After they dried we simply scrunched them together slightly by holding onto the middle underneath, and twisting to secure them with tape. Then we attached them to some bamboo BBQ skewers and arranged them in an old glass bottle to look beautiful in our home!
Just gorgeous for Spring and much needed as the flowers are so late this year!

 What they are learning as they play:
creativity: combining materials, making 3-D sculptural art work, using materials to represent nature, colour mixing

Cakie: 4.6
Pop: 2.11
Bean: 12 mos
See our huge range of  Spring play and creative activities here!


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  • They are really lovely – bet you could make pretty butterflies with them too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • What kind of materiel you have used to color? Because I tried to do the same but those color was pathetic when were introduced to the paper.Thanks in advance ~ Carolina

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