Straw-Printed Dandelions

After our dandelion exploration, we decided to get a little crafty and paint our own dandelions.
We were trying to get the wispy look of the puffball and a paint brush was just not going to work.
So, we decided to try straw printing.


Supplies Needed:
Drinking straws
White & green paint
Blue construction paper
To prep our straws, I took the scissors and started cutting strips on one end.
Then we smashed the end on the paper to make the strips fan out.
To use, dip that end in paint and start stamping. AJ (age 3) decided to smear instead.


We had paintbrushes out to help us paint the stems and leaves.
It was kind of fun to use the paint brush and straw at the same time!


This project was simple to do.
It can be open-ended (as you can see by AJ’s picture below) or you can work with a specific goal in mind (like Lizzie’s dandelions).


Like all of our projects, it was successful because we had fun! Get out your drinking straws and start painting!

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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