Finding a great kid-friendly project is always a win-win, so we were excited to test out Homemade Finger Paints by Easie Peasie!

 

Please click here to visit Easie Peasie and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission:  To do a fun craft project that both my kids and I could enjoy!
 
 

Details:

  • This project started out great – the ingredients and finishing items were inexpensive (less than $8) and it seemed to be going great from the beginning.
  • We followed the recipe exactly and I ended up making two batches (each separately) so that I could fill up the four darling Ball Jars I had purchased.
    The mixture firmed up quickly and was ready for the food coloring to be added soon after it was done. I opted for yellow, green, a vibrant orange and a deep purple shade.
  • We waited until the next day to try out the paint – my kiddos didn’t nap the day we made them, so were both down for the count by 7:00 pm. They were pining to try these out since I mentioned making them!!
  • When we opened up the paint to get going, it was very apparent that it was going to be clumpy. I did try thinning one of the colors out at this point, but that only made it more clumpy and didn’t do what I was hoping for – turned more into a mashed potato type texture. Needless to say, this was frustrating, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect for the final texture.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used the gel food coloring tubes and they worked great – the colors were vibrant and we had no problems with staining.

Due to the final texture of our paints, we tried using Sponges for painting, which worked fairly well.

Pros:

Looks beautiful and we were so excited to give them a try!

Cons:

Ended up being very clumpy/goopy and didn’t work like actual paint. We were really bummed.

Conclusion:

I want to love these, but have to say that I can’t.  I do want to try this again and maybe cut the amount of cornstarch a bit or add some additional water during the initial preparation process. The colors are great and the idea is fantastic – my kids were going batty just wanting to try it out!! All in all, we had fun giving these a try!

 
 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: I must admit I was a little apprehensive with this project. I usually have to put my brave face on when doing a “messy” kids project. However, after reading the simple ingredients I figured how hard can it be? My kids normally don’t finger paint; we’re a tempura and watercolor kind of household, so I figured this would be a fun change.

Details:

  • Simple ingredients. Heat them up together. Stir, cool, add color and transfer into jars.
  • Well! Very simple but the consistency is Vaseline goop.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Cut down on the corn starch so the consistency isn’t such a goopy mess.

Also, transfer the mixture to a separate bowl to speed up the cooling process or your kids are going to drive you bananas!

Pros:

It was fun and they look cute in the little jars.

Cons:

They don’t work well. The consistency is goopy and slick. The kids weren’t too pleased.

Conclusion:

Well I think this project was a fail for me. Although we had fun, the resulting product just isn’t what I imagined it would be.

Cutting down the corn starch produces a better consistency, but it’s still not the consistency I expected. The boys basically ran some colored Vaseline on the paper and then walked away. Deacon looked at me crossed and said, “Mom this is NOT finger paints.”

On the flip side, my boys now have an obsession with food coloring and want me to color everything! Last night’s request was for green and blue ice cream.
 
 

 

The colorful photo of Homemade Finger Paints taken by Easie Peasie


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We’ve seen the real deal at Flea Markets and pricey Antique Shops, and we’ve seen the reproductions at trendy stores like Anthropologie.  We could hardly contain ourselves when we saw the DIY version by Sugar and Charm!

We were ridiculously excited to make our very own Zinc Inspired Letters!

 

Please click here to visit Sugar and Charm and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission:  To replicate the adorable zinc letters found at retailers like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, etc. as a cute way to add some décor to my house.

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Since I had a free moment while my husband watched the kids, I painted the first coat of the black paint the night before to guarantee that they would be dry and we’d be ready to rock and roll with the pearl paint the next day.

In addition, I used the small sponge style paint brusheswhich worked well for my painting style.

A group of us got together to craft on this project, which made it even MORE FUN!  My favorite thing about this project is that everyone’s turns out slightly different – it is all in your paint strokes and style.

Pros:

Awesome project and really happy with the outcome!

Cons:

A little messy (but nothing some newspaper and a wash cloth can’t cure) and a little difficult to do with my young tikes running around.

Conclusion:

Love it! Now I just need to decide where I am going to put my word “Hello.” I’m toying with my nursery for baby #3 or our future home office space!

 
 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I almost peed my pants when we found this project on Sugar and Charm Blog! I couldn’t wait to test out this neat faux-zinc technique!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

As I mentioned, I embraced my very distinct brush stroke (the reason I was fired from painting my own kitchen) to get that textured look that you see in vintage zinc and galvanized metal.  I really like how it turned out!

These are SUPER lightweight, too!  You could easily hang them on your wall using a 3M Command Strip!

 

Pros:

Incredibly easy to do!  Gorgeous results!

Cons:

None!  I didn’t even think that it was messy!

Conclusion:

I couldn’t have loved this project any more!  Not to mention, a few of us gals did this one together which made it a million times more fun!  Everyones turned out fantastic!

After doing this project, I went home and painted “Zinc” rooftops onto my birdhouses!

 
 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: Enjoy a day with friends making a cool project and learning to paint!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

My gal pal, Maren, taught me on the job that using random strokes with the second coat of Martha Stewart pearl paint gives that zinc like finish.

The pearl paint is white in appearance, AND YES, this is what you are looking for. I had purchased a metallic silver acrylic paint thinking that this would work for this project but you need the pearl!  My amazing friends let me share.

 

 

Pros:

So much fun, especially with a great group of gals to complete the project with!

Very quick, it took just a few minutes to dry between coats.  The cardboard seams give the allusion of welding seams.

Cons:

Overwhelmed by the paint selection, there are soooo many paint options!

Conclusion:

Great fun and will do these again for sure for a gift!  Very versatile, can use the letters in any room of the home.

 

 

Reviewer #4 – ???

Who could this pretty lady be?  Our newest contributor, that’s who!

Join us next week for the official meet and greet!

 

 

 

The lovely Zinc Inspired Letters photo taken by Sugar and Charm


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