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By: Candie Cooper - To see more projects from Candie check out her blog, Candie Cooper's Journal.
In case you and your kids are still looking for another craft to celebrate the New
Year, we you are in luck. Turn up the tunes and get ready for an extra fun
project because we are making party flashlights!! This is also a great
project to have your kids make for parties, and sleepovers.
You'll need some Plaid Folk Art Enamels in your favorite colors, a flashlight, painters’
tape, soft bristle brushes, a flashlight and cotton swabs.
Tape off the flashlight with painter's tape to create a striped effect.
Or--you can cut pieces of tape however you like and stick them to the
flashlight to create your own design.
Use a soft haired brush to apply the Folk Art Enamels to get a nice and smooth
coat of paint. It's worth mentioning that the Enamels are ok for kids to use,
as they are non-toxic. Yay! Also, the paint will fully cure after
21 days, but you can still handle it before then.
Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time in between coats of paint.
You can see I peeled away the first round of paint on the big flashlight
and filled in the stripes with orange paint.
Doodle some dots using the end of a paintbrush or cotton swab end. Polka
dots are always a good choice in my book!
You could leave the flashlight alone or add some bells and whistles with some
left over bows or whimsies from the dollar store. This blue streamer
piece came from a table centerpiece I disassembled. Wrap it around the
end of the flashlight and tack with a dot of glue or rubber band even.
Add some batteries and you've got a party light! I love the crazy shadows
it makes on the wall.
Don't stop here though! Add some flat back crystals with Mod Podge and
more ribbons if you like!
Here's to a happy, safe and fun New Year!!!
P.S. Dear Mom's, While I'm thinking about it, I believe a painted
flashlight would be an excellent Valentine's Day gift for dad from the kiddos.
Just pick out Dad's favorite colors and let the kids doodle away.
Make a paper Valentine with a "light" sentiment and you've got
a sweet little gift.