Salad Spinner Art - Star Christmas Cards

We're attempting to get organised this year before the Christmas rush so we've started making our Christmas cards. I love this precious time with my kiddo as she creates those special cards that family members always treasure. This year she's created some stunning sparkly Christmas stars with a salad spinner! A perfect mess free activity for all ages to enjoy.

To make our Salad Spinner Star Cards we used:
A basic salad spinner (we picked up a secondhand one in a charity shop)
Brightly coloured ready mixed paint (similar to the selection in the link below)
Coloured A4 cardstock
A large Star shaped Cookie cutter
Sticky tack
Scissors, pen & a glue stick

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To create the stars we used a large cookie cutter as a template on yellow card & cut them out. Alternatively you could add a sheet of card to the salad spinner & cut out the stars after painting, but we enjoyed seeing the immediate effect of the spun paint on the stars.

To secure the stars to the base of the salad spinner we added a small blob of sticky tack to the back of the shape & stuck it to the centre of the spinner. We decorated one star at a time but if you're using smaller cutouts you could add more.

Now the fun begins! Add a few drops of your chosen paint to the centre of the star. We found we got the most detailed patterns using the least amount of paint, a few drops of paint really do fly!

Once you've added your colours, place the lid securely on the salad spinner & spin the lid as fast as you can. This is always a wonderful moment as the kids anticipate just what will be happening to the paint in the spinner. If you're brave enough you can carefully lift the lid as it slowly stops spinning so the kids can see the colours spinning around on the star.

My kiddo could't wait to open up the salad spinner lid to reveal the freshly painted pattern beneath, her face was a picture as she discovered each new design.

To add some sparkle to our Christmas stars we sprinkled a little glitter over the wet paint & then left them to dry. We loved the gorgeous patterns of the spun paint & how the colours blended, with blue & yellow creating green, & pink & yellow creating a pretty sunset orange. 

While our stars were drying we made some basic Christmas tree cards by folding a sheet of green A4 card in half & cutting out triangular shapes.

Then once our stars were dry we glued them to the top of our Christmas trees & our cards were ready.

I think they look so colourful & will really stand out amongst all the other Christmas cards.

If you want to create a more traditional star try adding gold & silver paint to the salad spinner along with some glitter.

Along with our Christmas Tree cards we also made some simple black folded cards which really made the vibrant colours of the stars stand out.

We loved making these cards & they were so simple & quick to create. 

We're joining in with the Kid-Made Christmas Card Series which is sharing some great Christmas card ideas every day this month. You can find all the cards here, including these cute Fingerprint Christmas Tree cards from Mummy Alarm.