A fun technique to add to your New Year’s celebration! Materials Paint (we went with metallics) Craft toothbrush (one that you won’t use for your teeth!) Cardstock (We re-used some old black cards) Letter stickers Beads Twine Metal circles (ours I believe were a donation leftover from a wedding, but you could use washers, binder rings etc.) Tag punch/ hole punch OR ruler/ scissors/ pencil & hole punch Craft tray Smock Small cardboard box Shallow tray Tweezers Directions Don your smock. Put your paint or paints into a shallow container. Put your letter stickers onto your cardstock to make your guest’s initial or initials. Do several to a page. Put your cardstock into your small cardboard box (We saw this tip on The Crafty Crow http://www.thecraftycrow.net/ for a different splatter technique and thought is was a great idea to contain the paint!) Dip your toothbrush into your paint. Angle your brush downward and with your thumb, pull back on the bristles, creating a splatter. Repeat with another colour and do all of your pages. Carefully peel off your letter stickers. You don’t want to leave them on for a long period of time as they might remove a bit of your paper. Allow them to dry overnight in your craft tray(s). Punch out your tags, using a tag punch or create rectangular shapes with a ruler, pencil and scissors, cutting around your initials. We made a loops around our rings (as shown) with twine or cord and added beads and the letter tags, tying them together around a napkin. Enjoy! Once you are done, be sure to put them away in a safe space for next year’s celebration! Purpose Re-imagining items Experimenting with different painting techniques Recognizing letters Safety Notes Beads, rings etc. can be a choking hazard. Please keep them out of reach from children 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things in their mouths. Exercise care with scissors. Use with adult supervision. String, cord etc. can be a strangulation hazard, thus they are not meant for play and should be used with supervision. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.