This galaxy spin painting art project is so fun! We love spin painting, it’s such a fun process art technique that kids will want to do over and over again. It’s a great art activity that can be used for preschool kids right up to tweens.
Using black paper for this project helps the colors really pop and adding the white splatters on top of the spin art really adds to the galaxy effect.
Kids love to see the unique patterns their spinning creates, it’s always such a fun surprise! We love exploring different painting techniques. Take a look at my collection of painting ideas for kids for more fun and creative art projects to try!
Make your own galaxy spin painting
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- Old salad spinner you will use for crafts only (I got ours from Ikea but thrift stores are also a great place to look)
- Acrylic paint in blue, pink, purple, white
- Black cardstock
- Old toothbrush
- Paint palette or plastic lid
1. First, get your black paper ready. You will need to use cardstock for this project, thinner paper doesn’t work as well in the salad spinner and could end up sticking to the sides. I cut our cardstock to 4.75 inches but depending on the salad spinner you have you may need to cut your paper to a slightly different size.
You want the paper to fill the bottom as much as possible, our paper was even touching the sides a bit. This will help to keep the paper at the bottom and not stick to the sides as you spin.
2. Place your paper in the bottom of your salad spinner. Using one color at a time, squeeze and drizzle your paint onto the paper. It’s fun to squeeze the paint in different patterns and see how it looks after your spin it!
Remind kids not to cover the paper completely with paint, you want to have lots of black showing through. We squeezed our paint in a circle pattern and back and forth across the paper, both made really cool designs.
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3. Put the lid on the salad spinner and let kids have fun spinning their creations! You might need to hold the bottom of the salad spinner steady, especially for younger kids.
4. Open the lid to reveal your awesome galaxy spin art! Carefully take the paper out of the salad spinner and lay flat to dry.
5. Once your spin art is completely dry, you can add on the white splatters to complete the galaxy effect. Put some white acrylic paint in a palette or a dish and add just a drop or two of water and mix together. I find that adding a bit of water helps the paint to splatter more.
Use an old toothbrush and dip it into the paint. Hold the toothbrush over your galaxy spin painting with the bristles facing down and using your finger brush along the bristles, creating the splatters. Do this a few times until you get the desired look you’re after.
I love how this galaxy spin painting project turned out. We had so much fun making them and our little galaxy paintings look awesome!
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