Easy Molded Castings with Kids
Summer is in full swing at my house and one of my favorite things is doing lazy craft projects with my little humans. Honestly I love keeping them entertained and busy. Plus, I never grew out of wanting to do art projects. As you know I find myself experimenting with the craft long after the kiddos lose interest. This project was a memorable one for both the kids and myself because they got to play in water, paint, and toilet paper. Yup that is right the secret for this super Mom craft is toilet paper and your kids are going to love it.
To be totally honest this idea came from my husband reminiscing about his childhood. He told me once his Mom used toilet paper to make little castings and I was like “What?!” Then I picked his brain on how to do it and made him call his Mom to get the details. I was totally sold! And it is such a quick and simple way to make something awesome with your little peeps. Now my Mom was always a little crazy pants about us using too much toilet paper but with a $1 off Cottonelle with Ibotta and online shopping and FREE pickup at Walmart you can get this project going quickly for pennies!
What You Will Need
Perhaps the best part of this craft is how simple the items are to make it. You probably have them all on hand and if not you can grab them quickly online and pick-up free at Walmart. You don’t even have to go into the store. That is sort of a big deal to me. With littles I have always said any company with a drive-thru or pickup really must love and appreciate mothers. AND our sanity. If you have ever taken 3+ children into the store to pick up something quickly you will understand how amazing this is. What I love most is that I can just order what is on my list no splurges or toys to appease grumpy children. It will save you money! And I love saving money.
Sorry I could go on and on about how much I appreciate pick-up service. But I digress from telling you the simple supply list for these super adorable castings:
- Cottonelle Toilet Paper will be your casting agent. I prefer a higher quality paper like this because it holds up enough to work with it once it’s wet. Also, it’s nicer for your tush after the craft projects are said and done. (Ibotta has $1 off Cottonelle at Walmart, you’re welcome.)
- 1 Cup Water from the tap is fine. And pretty much free!
- 1 Tsp Corn Starch, this is optional we did it with and without and both worked. However, the starch ones did feel more ridged once dried.
- Watercolor paint this was a fun medium because it spread out as you dropped it on the cast tp. We painted them when the project was wet and dry. I preferred painting it dry. My kids liked watching the paint swirl and mix when it was wet.
- Molds, we used 50 cent plastic stained glass shapes, then we had some metal letters we used to write words, get creative!
Making Castings from Cottonelle Toilet Tissue
The method for this craft is pretty basic.
- You place your “mold” of choice on a cookie sheet or homemade foil pan.
- Mix your corn starch into the water.
- Then carefully take sheets of toilet paper and dip them into the starch water.
- Layer the wet tissue over the mold and gently push it down into the ridges of the shape.
- We used about 6-7 layers of tp.
- Then you can paint it wet OR set aside to dry. It took us overnight to dry.
- If you want to paint it dry gently remove it from the mold and TA-DA! Get creative!
You and your kids or grandkids are going to love doing this project and trying different “molds” out. We got all our supplies from Walmart online and used FREE pick-up service so we could get home quickly and start creating. Also, don’t forget to use your Ibotta to save! If you have any questions or want to share what you cast in Cottonelle tissue we’d love to see them! You can tag us on Instagram @fearlesslycreativecandice or share on Twitter @FCMammas! Can’t wait to see your creations!