I am always thinking about crafts I liked to do when I was a child and toothbrush art has always been one of my favorites. It is quick and easy and the results are beautiful no matter how young or skilled you are. We like to use leaves and flowers because the silhouettes are intricate and unique. You could also use paper cutouts if you don’t want to use plants.
- paper or card stock in white
- cup with water
- toothbrushes (I got a 5-pack for $1 at Dollar General)
- comb or wire strainer (optional)
- leaves and flowers
Instructions for Toothbrush Art
- Place leaves and flowers on the paper.
2. Dip your toothbrush in water and select a color.
3. Brush the toothbrush over the comb. It will result in a fine spray of paint. Move it all around the paper and especially the outlines of the leaves.
Another way to do it is to just brush your thumb over the bristles. The paint spray will be a little thicker but it is much easier to do for small children. You can see the difference in the picture below. The upper half was done with the Thumb Method, while the lower half was done with the comb.
4. You can use one color or several. When you are done, lift the leaves carefully straight up off the page to not smudge the paint splatter.
5. Lay out to dry.
Toothbrush art is great to make greeting cards or a quick gift for the grandparents. It also makes great decor in the Fall. You could use paper cutouts to write a name, display shapes, or numbers. My daughter produced about a dozen pictures and ended up using plastic animals and other things around the house. Just make sure it is washable before you turn it into artwork. Below is some of her work.
I hope you will give this easy craft a try and enjoy it as much as we do. If you would like to receive more ideas for fun craft and activities subscribe to my newsletter. You can find the form in the sidebar.
You might also like another childhood favorite: Scratch Art
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