The love month is coming in FAST and so I have been thinking about some easy Valentine’s day (or as we call it, Heart Day) crafts your Little Feet can do in the run up. You can even join in too! Our Sharpie Coasters can easily double up as presents which is a big bonus wouldn’t you say!? All you need are some Sharpie pens, white ceramic tiles, rubbing alcohol and clear gloss sealant spray. All of which can be used again and again for other crafts too. So even if you don’t finish using any of these things you’ll be able to find other activities on The Rainbow Tree that you can use them in. Winner! I like to utilise the craft items we have in the house over and over so they aren’t wasted.
The way this craft works is that you get your Little Feet to colour all over the tile, however they want. They just need to try and get it all coloured in. They with a pipette they gently squeeze a few drops in different places of your tile. Not too many though as you don’t want to flood it. The alcohol will the start to disperse the ink of your pen, blending the colours together like a painting. You can never quite predict how it will look afterwards which is definitely part of the fun. What is great about this craft is that if everyone isn’t keen on the outcome you can simply wipe down your tile with the rubbing alcohol and a cotton pad, dry it off and simply start the process again.
Once everyone is happy with the outcome, allow the alcohol to dry and then the Big Feet can take the tiles outside to spray them with sealant. This means the design won’t rub off with use. Below is a demonstration of the before and after affects of the rubbing alcohol.
Making a present for your loved ones
Daddy Big Feet is on deployment half way across the globe from us and we are able to send him post. Little Feet A decided she would like to make a coaster for him that he could use to put a mug on. He drinks a lot of tea! So this is the the design she drew and then below that it in situ in his room.
What you will need:
Sharpie pens, various colours
Ceramic white tiles
An oven / ceramic sealing spray
Set out your tiles an pens and get your Little Feet to cover the entire tile with pen. Let them do as many as they like.
When they have finished, place your tiles on a baking tray and with a dropper full of rubbing alcohol get them (or you the adult depending on how old they are) to drop a few drops onto the tile. Watch as the alcohol disperses the colour, changing the design as it morphs into an abstract design.
Experiment with how much alcohol you put on them and decide which method you like best. Only putting a limited amount of drops can make like a raindrop splatter, with the ink splaying outward in a circle. If you apply more liberally to cover almost the entire tile you can lift the tile up and distribute the ink by tilting the tile this way and that until you are happy with the ink new ink design.
Set flat to dry completely. Wash hands thoroughly with soap.
When the ink and alcohol is completely stone cold dry you can either use a sealing spray which will add a pleasant additional gloss to the piece or stick it i your oven on a low temperature of 90 degrees centigrade for 30 minutes. The heat will fuse the sharpie onto the tile. I would suggest if you want them to last a long time you use the sealant spray as the design is more likely to stay put for longer.
Tip: If you are using a sealant spray, make sure to position the spray too close to the tile otherwise it will dissolve some of your design.
Health and Safety: If you are not confident your Little Feet can act sensible with the rubbing alcohol and pipette then you the Big Feet can do this part following their instructions as to where they would like the alcohol to go. If you are confident they will be alright but are worried about the alcohol getting on their hands put some kitchen or garden gloves on them. Please do NOT leave your children unattended with the rubbing alcohol and keep the sealant spray out of reach.
This is a great craft that you can all use as a family for years afterward. I must admit I had just as fun doing it with the girls as they did and they absolutely love that they have their very own coaster.
Don’t just keep your creations to yourselves, I think this is a fantastic idea for presents to families from your Little Feet. Why not do 4-6 coasters, spray them with sealant and send them as a birthday or anniversary present? Even better, Mother’s Day is in a couple of months, this is a fab present to Mummies who loathe people putting drinks down on their tables without coasters!