Cotton Ball Art Craft for Kids
This week for our Make Something Monday, my daughter and I made a fun little art project with cotton balls. The craft was so simple and fun and the finished art made a huge impact!
The project involved a small amount of preparation and just a few hours for the cotton balls to dry, but the brilliantly colored cotton balls make any extra steps worthwhile.
- Cotton balls
- Food coloring
- Small bowls
- Gloves (optional)
Mix about 1/2 cup of water, tsp of vinegar, and 10 to 20 drops of food coloring in a small bowl. Add cotton balls and let them absorb the color for a few minutes.
Squeeze out excess color and lay on a protected baking sheet to dry.
You may want to use a glove of some sort or your hands and nails will look like this for a few days…
Set the cotton balls out in the sun for an hour or two to dry. Once dry cut the cotton into pieces and then pull the smaller pieces apart so the cotton was fluffier. ( I found it easier to use scissors to cut the cotton first.)
You can see in the photo below how fluffy the cotton balls were after I pulled them apart.
I gave my little one the glue and she went to town. For smaller children, you may want to handle the glue or use a glue stick.
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.