Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick’s Day Art with your kids! Letting them help start to finish

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t usually a holiday I’ll decorate for, but thought it’d be an easy way to let me 4 year old son have some kid-friendly fun and get a little decorating done too!
That beautiful painting… my talented 4 year old made that!

It was super easy, and the best part is I let him have total control.  Sometimes when we do arts and crafts I feel bad when there’s a bunch of do’s and don’ts and he doesn’t just get to have total fun.  So for this one, I let him just paint right on our floor and didn’t worry about any mess during it.

I used my Silhouette to cut out a vinyl “lucky” and adhered it to the flat canvas board.  Making sure there’s a tight seal so paint won’t bleed underneath it too.

IMG_0766bThen I let him have it!  I picked a bunch of different shades of green paint and told him to have as much fun as he wanted Smile

Here’s the mess I was left with afterwards, but I wasn’t worried….

Thanks to our Swiffer Wet/Dry mop!   This is their two in one version where you can use both the wet wipes, and the duster wipes with one unit. 

Best part of the easy clean up? My 4 year old wanted to do that too!!! He cleaned up the entire mess by himself, plus kept moping the floor for about another half hour.

Once the painting was dry, I peaked up the vinyl lettering to reveal the white “lucky”.

I absolutely love having my son’s artwork as the main feature piece in our decorating!  He is so proud of it every time he walks in and see’s it.  Again, having an easy clean up makes the whole project that much more fun so I’m not watching over him saying don’t make a mess,…. watch what you’re doing,…. don’t do that….

Another P&G product I absolutely love – and always have on hand is Magic Erasers.  Sometimes my son’s messes won’t just land on the floor but can end up on the walls too and those things make it SUPER easy to clean up!  My other favorite use for them is after I hang a piece of art in our home…
I know there’s like a hundred easy ways to hang things on Pinterest but I still resort to my trust pencil and level marks.  BUT, I often am left with visible marks on the wall after the piece is up.  Thanks to Magic Erasers, those are easy to remove too!  I don’t know what our parents did before Magic Erasers were created!  I always have so many of these on hand. 

Now I want to give you guys the chance to win two of my favorite cleaning products!  I’ve teamed up with P&G and Home Depot to offer a great DIY painting #ReadyDoneClean Prize Pack for you guys!  The prize pack includes a Swiffer Sweeper kit, Magic Eraser set, and a $25 Home Depot gift card to pick up any extra painting supplies you need!

Home Depot P&G Prize Pack
Use the rafflecopter below to enter for your chance to win.

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I’ve teamed up with P&G and Home Depot for this post, but just as always I only share products I LOVE with you guys!
You can find all of your painting supplies, including the Swiffer Sweeper and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, at
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  1. I would like to tackle painting a piece of furniture.

  2. I have an old dresser that is badly in need of some freshening up :)

  3. I'd like to paint my half bath.

    Name on rafflecopter: Mary Happymommy

  4. I need to paint my powder room...We moved in a few months ago and everything else got painted first. There is a wall paper border on 3 walls...for some reason they took it off the 4th wall and it is only partly painted underneath!

  5. I would love to stencil a wall in my hall.

  6. I love magic erasers!! My next painting project might just be a stenciled wall!

  7. I would paint a dresser to transform into a new vanity on the bathroom.To finish the remodel.

  8. I have a small cabinet in our bathroom that needs a makeover

  9. I have a small cabinet in our bathroom that needs a makeover

  10. Spring break is coming and I have two dressers, a bunch of door knobs, picture frames, light fixtures to paint! It's gonna be a busy week but I love having the time to make our very first house a home.

  11. We're in the process of buying a new home so every room needs to be painted!!

    Commenting from What the Graham?!

    Jami @

  12. My bathroom needs a new paint job, but first I have to get the walls really clean with a magic eraser.

  13. I would make some custom art work and really give our condo a nice deep clean with the magic eraser.

    jessicarwarfield@ gmail dot com

  14. I'm going to be painting a large hutch in my kitchen. These would help out a lot!

  15. I have a dresser I thrifted that could use some love.

    I love the art you created and the fact that he is wearing the shirt he "drew" :)


  16. I'm helping my sister paint all the furniture in her bedroom. These would be very useful. msmaf at ymail *dot* com

  17. I need to tackle the master bedroom! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  18. I don't know what we did before magic erasers ? Love them and your gorgeous art work !

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  20. I would tackle painting the master bathroom!

  21. We just moved into a new home, so my head is spinning with brand new painting & decorative ideas! This would be very helpful!!! Thanks for this :)

  22. I think i would work on stenciling one of our walls!

  23. I need to paint my bedroom ceiling.

  24. i would definitely paint my bedroom wall- livivua chandler

  25. After 3 years of living in this house I finally moved in the master bedroom. And let me tell u 3 little boys reeked some havoc on it! I always joke Mr. Clean is my best friend! I am currently shopping for bedding/ paint for it now!

  26. My house would sure be appreciative of a good spring cleaning. We just got a new puppy and i am going thru swifter cloths like mad!

  27. I would love to do little Carters room! Those magic erasers would sure get their use in there! Still have a few stubborn crayon marks!
    Laura Jacobson

  28. My house needs a good spring cleaning! We had hardwoods installed and the swiffer would be perfcet to use everyday to get all the tracked in grass and dirt off the floors. Always want to keep them looking clean!!

  29. There is a painted pallet project just begging to be completed!

  30. I LOVE magic erasers...I just can't seem to keep them around!

    I have so many ideas, but the first project would likely be in our stairway - I'd love to do a gallery of all 3 of the boys' artwork. G & L have more recent stuff than my oldest, so he and I would definitely need to have a paint-party :)

  31. We've been neglecting our bedroom and master bath since we moved in 3 years ago. So, definitely those rooms.


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