Painting for Mother’s Day

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art

Dancing is one of our favorite family activities. It makes us smile, laugh, sing and be close as a family. I have been wanting to capture this special time in a piece of art work for myself. So, for Mother’s Day I did it.

Dance Painting: How-to


  • large piece of fabric, I used about 2 yards
  • packing tape
  • paint, I used kid’s washable paint since little feet were our brushes
  • pie pan
  • music


  1. Find a flat dry spot outside and tape down your fabric.
  2. Fill your pie pan with paint.
  3. Turn your music on.
  4. And invite your children to dance.

I got my painting of these sweet little feet dancing their little hearts out that day. It was more than I could ask for. The painting may not be recognizable to anyone else at this point, but to me, it brought such joy to my children that day. I want to remember those giggles forever.

I plan to have the fabric put on a wooden frame and hang it in our family room.

Even if you don’t want to create a very large painting I encourage you to take your children outside to paint in different ways. Use different tools or just good old fashioned finger painting. Being outside creating art and getting messy can only bring smiles to a child’s face.

For more inspiring crafts from Melissa, head on over to Green Owl Art.

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4 Responses to Painting for Mother’s Day

  1. samantha May 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    What an adorable idea and such a sweet Mother’s Day gift. When my little one is older this is something I would love to do.

    • Melissa May 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

      Thank you, Samantha! It was such a great experience for all of us. I will never forget it! I hope you get to try dance painting and enjoy it as much as we did.

  2. Marieke May 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm #

    How incredibly fun!! We did something like this a couple of years ago: stripped Kai and his best friend down to their diapers, put a large piece of seamless paper on the patio and gave them finger paints. Oh the fun!

    I love the idea of using fabric and framing it. We might go out and do this.

  3. Cassandra May 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    I let my daughter do this on large pieces of paper and then use it for wrapping paper for family and close friends.

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