Salad Spinner "Fireworks" {Tutorial}

It’s been awhile since we’ve done any salad spinner spin-art, so I decided to let Sutton give it a whirl (haha!) while Sawyer and Mitch were off at karate class last night.

First we watered down some red and blue tempera paint so that it would be easier to suck up with the eyedroppers and easier to spin.

Sutton has really mastered his dropper skills since the last time we tried this activity! Note: now is the time to put down some plastic/newpapers/paper towels/etc underneath your spinner. The paint will start to accumulate and puddle, and in the end it will end up ALL over your work area if you don’t put something down…just sayin’ :)

Give your paper a few good squirts of paint to ensure that you’ll get the “fireworks” results you want.

Now it’s time for the fun part…spinning the heck out of the salad spinner! This part was a huge hit because Sutton now has the coordination to do the whole project by himself…such a hit, in fact, that we made about three times the amount of spin art that I was expecting to!

Voila! Red, White and Blue Magic! Every time Sutton opened the salad spinner to check out his work he’d say “Boom! Look at that cool firework, Mom!”

We added some patriotic star garland from the dollar store and gave our stairs a sparkling 4th of July makeover!
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  1. These are so Awesome! For the summer Patriotic Holidays!

  2. So cute!

  3. Definetely going to do this with my little one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a fun art project – and great exercise in eye-hand coordination as well! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

  5. What a fun crafting idea! I love how you displayed them as a banner!

  6. wonderful idea. Thanks! We find a salad spinner! Ciao Ciao.

  7. love this! thanks so much for linking up to handmade tuesdays, I am actually featuring this idea and I finally got around to handmade features :)

  8. Thanks so much for linking this project up to my Summer Fun party. My daughter did this at a friend’s house and loved it. I’ve included it in my Five Fun Ideas with Paint post.

  9. I’m in love with this. Fun, Elegant, Creative. Your site looks so cute too – off to explore it! Thanks for sharing.


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