Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mess-Free Finger Painting

I love doing art projects with Carson.  He loves the process and I end up with a cute little keepsake (and usually a big mess).  Because painting projects can get super messy, we don't do them very often.  This "mess-free" technique was inspired by a Pin I saw on Pinterest.

What You Need
Gallon-Sized Ziploc Baggie
Piece of Paper (I just used regular computer paper for this project)
2-3 colors of paint (I used acrylics I had in my craft stash)


How to Make It
1. Place your paper in the ziploc baggie.  Make sure you do this BEFORE putting paint on the paper!
2. Reaching inside the baggie, squirt some dots of paint onto the paper.  You can use as many or as little colors as you'd like but make sure your paint dots are spread out!
3. Zip your baggie closed.
4. Double check that your baggie is zipped so you can make sure this IS a mess-free craft!
5. Let your child paint away without making a mess!

Here's Carson's final product.  He had fun and I had very little clean-up!

*Note: As you can see in the final product image, our paper tore a bit.  I think this is because I let it dry too long INSIDE the baggie.  I would suggest carefully removing the painting as soon as your artist finishes so that the paint won't dry to the bag like ours did!

I'm linking up today:



  1. I'm totally doing this project with Hudson! I love that it is mess-free! Such a great idea!

  2. SO SO SO Smart!! I'm always hesitant to use finger paints, since things still tend to go in the mouth.. this is perfect, might try it today!

  3. I think I'm going to try this today! Owen will love it!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks for linking up!

  4. I love this! I have a feeling my daughter will happily play along. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. So cute! Where is the little blue stand from?

  6. This is fun! I think we need to definitely try this out!! Thanks for sharing and linking up!

  7. Love this idea! I have a similar one on my blog today, but I think this one is better!!

  8. What a fantastic idea! We are totally trying this soon! :)

  9. This is a great project! I love handmade/painted from little man but hate the mess. I've been wanting to have him whip up a couple paintings that match my living room decor, frame them and then hang them....this seems to be perfect for that! Thanks for sharing!

  10. this looks fun! we may try it this afternoon :)

  11. Love this idea! Definitely doing this with my little one!