Cool Decor Craft Idea: Batik for Kids

Photography by Gail Bartel, That Artist Woman

We are big fans of DIY projects around these parts, especially when it comes to finding new ways to beautify your home (case in point: our DIY bookcase desk and whimsical message boards). But DIY decor is even better when you can turn it into a fun activity for the whole family. So when we found this idea for easy batik pillows, we were hooked.

The traditional batik technique for colouring fabric is not necessarily very kid-friendly, since it involves using hot, melted wax to make designs. But Gail Bartel, also known as That Artist Woman has a brilliant idea for making this craft suitable for small artists, as well as grown-ups. Her secret? It’s all about the glue!

What you’ll need:
• Fabric
• Acrylic paints
Elmer’s Gel School Glue
• Wax paper
• Pillow Stuffing
• Needle and thread (or sewing machine)

This craft can get a bit messy, so you may want to heed Gail’s advice to dress your kids in old painting shirts before they turn into walking works of art! Kids can get as creative as they want with the gluing and painting, but will need help from an adult when it comes time to soak and sew this project together. You’ll find full instructions for Gail’s batik project on her site. This idea works well for clothing, too! Try it out to create custom summer t-shirts and cover-ups for the beach.

What’s your favourite family DIY project?

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