Painting With Kids: How to make Scratch Art (Fun & Frugal For Kids)

Each week we bring you a fun craft or activity for the kids. These can be done with little out of pocket money and a lot of creativity. This week’s fun and frugal activity is brought to us by Molly from Just a Little Creativity .

Hi! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, here with another fun painting project you can do with your little ones.
Remember being in art class in school, and making scratch art with crayons?
You colored with all your crayons in your box, covered the entire page with black, then used a stylus tool to “scratch” the black to make a design.
This painting project is very similar.
-First, using a wood board (I found mine at the Dollar Store) have your  child paint the entire area with a variety of colors.
-When it’s dry, use stickers or vinyl to cover some of the colorful painted area. I used an “All You Need is Love” cutout I made from my Silhouette machine. If you don’t have a machine, you could use Con-Tact paper as a sticker. Just find a design or words you like, trace them onto the Con-Tact paper and cut it out.
Next, have your child paint over the entire board, including the stickers, with black.
Think of the sticker as a reverse stencil. When the black is dry, carefully pull off the stickers.

The areas that the stickers covered now pop out against the black.

This is a simple project with a big result, that your youngster will be proud of creating, and you’ll be proud to hang in your home.
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  1. susan hartman says:

    I babysit a lot and am always thinking about things to do with the children. Actually I thought about acratch art but couldn’t remember the details on how to do it. Thank you

  2. Amazing idea! thanks!

  3. This is a GREAT idea, I can’t wait to try it!!

  4. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says:

    Oh that is so cool will have to try that with my daughter I am a artist I love to paint.

  5. Jennifer Hedden says:

    This is so neat. I will definitely have to try this with my nieces. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Leslie Galloway says:

    That’s cool… never thought about doing it that way instead of scratching away. Maybe I’ll have to get out the cricut :)

  7. Awesome idea.

  8. AWesome idea

  9. Irma Hernandez says:

    This looks like alot of fun and I know my kids and I will enjoy it…Thanks

  10. Marti Parks says:

    Really nice art.

  11. This looks like a ton of fun. Thanks!

  12. Rachael H. says:

    Wow that is so cute!!! Thank you!

  13. Cheap, easy, and bright for spring. I LOVE IT!

  14. Ohh so simple and so many possibilities! My kids would LOVE this activity! Thanks for the idea!

  15. Julie B. says:

    I have never seen this before, nor would have thought about it – great idea! Have to try this one, thanks so much!

  16. Marlena Curley says:

    Very cute, thanks… my kids will have tons of fun with this!

  17. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    This is a great idea. I remember scratch art from when I was young

  18. What a cool project! It looks so simple yet fun

  19. Crystal Epperson says:

    This is awesome!

  20. Krista U. says:

    This is such a fun idea! I like how you don’t need a ton of supplies either, some craft projects can get so expensive!

  21. Tian Hapsari says:

    Great idea, since spring is in the corner! can’t wait to do it with my daughter, :)

  22. ill have to try it! :-)

    Thank you!!!

  23. Kathy Smith says:

    Oh how Fun!!!

  24. This is such a cute and fun idea! Great step by step instructions too! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Love this project! Thanks for the great idea!

  26. Donna Evans says:

    Love this art work. My grandchildren will love doing it . Thanks for the great idea.

  27. Very cool!

  28. Shantelle Rogers says:

    This is to cool. Gonna have to try it soon.

  29. Gricelda Castro says:

    Amazing Idea, gonna have to try it with my kids.

  30. WOW this looks fun. I think my daughters would love this!

  31. Tian Hapsari says:

    Spring is around the corner, it such a fun idea for my daughter!

  32. Tiffiny Palm says:

    Wow! This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing, always looking for something fun to do with the kids!

  33. Trasina Lynn McGahey says:

    How fun! I love this stuff!

  34. Jude Skocki Kelly says:

    this is awesome. my kids love different paint projects. thanks for sharing

  35. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says:

    That looks like so much fun for the kids & also the parents…Will have to try this out

  36. mike baker says:

    great idea. always looking for kids crafts.

  37. Thanks for a great idea. i am always looking for ways to keep a 3 year old busy.

  38. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I do this project with the kids I volunteer with at our local hospital. It is very portable, clean(ish), and easy to do.

  39. Hi there, You have performed an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.

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