March 16, 2014

DIY Pattern Paint Roller

These Paint Pattern Rollers were supposed to be a project for our homeschool art class, but it kept getting cancelled due to weather and illness, so we went ahead and finished it at home. We started by hot gluing various yarns in various shapes around the outside of a juice can. My girls wanted different types of yarn too, so we could see the different textures they made.

Once the cans were cooled off, I gave the girls each a plate and allowed them to choose three colors of paint. We could have just done single colors, but this made it even more interesting! Just make sure you roll the same side in the same color unless you want to experiment with color mixing!

Once your paint is ready you roll your juice can in it and then roll it on the paper. Easy Peasy!

As you can see, the yarn on the roller creates a pattern. Longer paper would have given us even longer patterns!

The girls were pretty happy with their final creations.  They made several others on different colors of paper too. We didn't try different paint colors though. I'm not sure if the rollers would wash well enough to switch colors or use again or not; we just tossed ours. 

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  1. That is so cool! I can't believe how easy it is to make. This is one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-that moments! :)

  2. This is neat! Love the prints they made- so artistic!

  3. That looks really neat! My kids and I are going to have to try that.

  4. What a great idea! The "old me" would have just purchased the foam rollers for my grandkids to use. This idea, however, brings everything a step further - it inspires self sufficiency and problem solving! I think this is even more important than experiencing the process itself.

  5. Really neat how it makes a pattern. Very creative!

  6. Okay, it seems so easy, but I never would have thought about this. I love this arts and crafts project!

    Thanks so much for sharing, Ashley!

    And thank you so much for linking up with us at the #homeschoollinkup. The link up is enriched with your project ideas!