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Squirt Gun Canvas Art – Fun Summer Activity for Kids

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I have been wanting to do squirt gun canvas art with my kids for two whole years now, ever since my creative blogging buddy Amy from CreatePlayHomeschool wrote a guest post for me featuring this idea. It’s a genius idea – a messy craft perfect for summer and the great outdoors. I’m often reluctant to do messy art projects like this with my kids because, frankly, it’s just so much work. But we finally gave it a try, and I’m glad we did. They really enjoyed the Squirt Gun Canvas Art.

Squirt Gun Canvas Art – Fun Summer Activity for Kids

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The Supplies –

You don’t need a lot of supplies, but you do need some. Walmart, Amazon, a craft store = good places to get your craft supplies.

  • Tempera Paint, washable of course, and you’ll have to dilute it with water to get it to squirt out of the water gun.
  • Canvas panels, or you can buy complete canvases too. I had never seen these canvas panels before and I really like them. They’re cheaper than the complete canvases and they’ll work great behind a simple frame. You can buy them on Amazon for under $1 each!
  • Cheap water guns, we went really cheap-o on the water guns and had a little difficulty with them. I’m not sure if splurging a little more on the water guns would simplify the process or not, but you’ve been warned. Here’s a 12 pack for under $1 each that you can have delivered directly to your door.
  • Glad Press’n Seal, this actually came in really handy for protecting our little wooden picnic table. It was pretty easy to put down and it stayed put nicely.

The Process –

The process is pretty simple for this squirt gun canvas art. Fill guns with diluted paint and fire away! Sounds simple, right?? Welll…..I had some major challenges.Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad fill water guns

First, filling the water guns was not as easy as it sounds. The hole is teeeeeeny tiny and getting the paint inside was actually pretty frustrating. My super-smart friend, Chantal, suggested we dilute the water first in a shallow containers and then swirl the gun around in the paint-water to get it to go in. It worked pretty well. We also tried a funnel – but have you ever seen a funnel that small? Making our own out of paper didn’t work so well. Simply dumping the paint in the hole did work, if I went slowly and was patient. Adding water to the paint in the gun was easy. But being slow and careful are pretty big iffs for me, so swirling the gun in the diluted water seemed to work best for us.

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Next, we went outside. This project was a massive exercise in trial and error. First, we set the canvases up around a tree and let the kids fire away. But it is so stinking windy out here in Eastern Iowa that the wind picked up those canvases and threw them across the yard. Not good, people. Not good.

Then, we thought maybe a little shelter would be helpful, so we went into the garage. I covered a little handmade wooden picnic table with Glad Press’n Seal to keep the paint off and let the kids fire at the canvases in the garage. Yet still, even in the shelter, the wind made this project impossible. Everything was whipping around in the garage, insulation and dirt were blowing all over, making a huge mess. We were all purty-darn frustrated. We finally decided to wait a few days and try again.

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Finally, we got it. The wind died down, we were able to put the table outside in a nice shady spot, cover it with  Glad Press’n Sealand let the kids go to town. They had a lot of fun and created some really awesome artwork!

Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad 3I love the looks of concentration on all the faces. They were down with this!

Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad 4They used a lot of different techniques to get the paint out of the water guns. Some of them shook the guns, some beat it with the palm of the hand, some resorted to finger painting, and sometimes the water guns were actually able to squirt properly. Again, these cheap water guns were probably the worst part. I’m not sure I’d like to splurge on more expensive water guns, because I doubt it would actually make the process any better. But if you try it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad 5The kids’ concentration was pretty cute. Their creative nature took over and they figured it out, even with all of our challenges.We had a group of 8 kids ranging in age from 13 down to 3 and they all enjoyed it.

Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad 6Despite the trial and error nature of this semi-challenging, the kids had a great time and I’m really pleased with the end results! We let the canvases dry outside in the sun for a few hours and then took them inside.

Squirt Gun Canvas Art - Fun Summer Activity for Kids #pmedia #pressnsealhacks #ad 2Summer Squirt Gun Canvas Art – checked off the summer bucket list. Aren’t these canvases awesome?! They will look fabulous in our new passive house when we finally move in in a few months! Next, the kids want to fill balloons with paint and pop them over canvases. We’ll see if I ever get to that. 😀

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If you’re looking for cool Christmas gifts for boys and girls (ages 10+), I’ve got an idea for you! My kids been begging for a BB Gun for a long time and we promised them, that when they were old enough and more responsible, we’d get them one.
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How to Make a Printable Photo Collage using PicMonkey ~ DIY Tutorial

How to make a printable photo collage in PicMonkey

The other day I made an awesome photo collage in PicMonkey. If you haven’t heard of PicMonkey but like photography and picture gifts, you’re in for a treat because it’s a mostly free, web-based editing software that’s super easy to use! I’ve been using it for blogging purposes almost since its inception and I love it. After I made this collage, I thought some of you might be interested in making your own, too. So here’s a DIY tutorial you can follow to make your own photo collages! {Bear with me… it’s a long tutorial! But it’s really not hard.}

Family Christmas Collage

How to Make a Printable Photo Collage using PicMonkey ~ DIY Tutorial.

Using this tutorial, you can create your own 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10

printable photo collage.

ow to make your own printable photo collage

First, head on over to PicMonkey and click on Create a Collage. You should see it in the middle of the screen.


The Collage screen should pop up for you. Open photos you want to add to your collage and insert them from your computer by clicking on the top button on the left – the one that looks like a picture. If at any time you want to add more photos, just hit the photo button and add more. It’s easy peasy.how to make your own printable photo collageBeneath the Photo button, you should see the Layout button. Click on that second button and browse through the different layout options. There are a lot of free options, but about 40% of PicMonkey’s features are accessed through a paid subscription only. I actually pay the $33 a year for this subscription because I love PicMonkey – but you don’t have to. You can stick to the free options, buy a year’s membership, or also pay $4.99 for a one month plan for a one time use.

how to make a printable photo collage

I used the Tile Border layout to create my collage and added five pictures. To add pictures – just drag them to the cell and drop them. You should see a highighted area and that’s where the picture will drop. If you mess it up, a new cell will be created but don’t worry – they’re super easy to get rid of.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey

And to get my collage to look the way I want, I need to get rid of empty cells now. To delete a cell: Click on the empty box to get a X to appear. Do you see the tiny X in the middle cell? Click that X and the photo box will disappear. Do that to 4 of the remaining empty boxes. I also need to make my middle picture bigger. To resize photos within your collage: just grab the edge you want to change and drag. You can also edit the picture if you have the premium membership, for instance, turn it black and white by clicking the edit button. I actually turned my photo black and white before I put it in the collage, but that is an unnecessary step if you have the paid membership.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now, we need to add swatches to the collage. To add color and background swatches: click on the third button on the left, under the Layout button. Hover over it with your mouse, and it should say Swatches. Click on that and the Swatches menu will appear. PicMonkey updates the swatches all the time with seasonably appropriate swatches, or you can upload and use your own. I chose the Santaland theme for this collage. To add a swatch: drag and drop the swatch. The area should highlight where it will drop so you can see where it goes.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Opps! See that huge extra cell on the bottom? If you accidentally do something like that, don’t despair. Just click the X twice and it will go away. 🙂

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now click on that last button on the bottom left – the Background Button, and you can change the details of your collage. You can change the spacing between pictures, round the picture edges, make a transparent background, or change the background color. Play around with that button until you’re happy with the results.

How to make a printable photo collage in picmonkey
Now comes the magic! If you want to print your collage, you need to get a size that will print! To change the size of the collage, click on the lock button under your collage to change proportions. 

The proportions you’ll need to make a 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, or 11×14 collage are as follows:

portions for pritable picmonkey collages

The order I’ve listed above is for portrait orientation. Just reverse the numbers if you want a landscape orientation. Your pictures may distort a little once you change the size, so you can either change the size at the very beginning or just move your pictures around a little after you’ve got the size you want. I grabbed the pictures of my kids and centered my kids after I changed the size. Make sure you save a version of each size because once it’s sent to the Photo Editor, you won’t be able to edit the individual photos anymore.

how to make a picmonkey collageTo Save your picture – click the save button above your collage and follow directions. I saved the largest file size possible since I want to print it.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageSend your photo over to the Editor to add text ~ Now’s the scary part. If you’re totally happy with your collage {Remember – you won’t be able to edit the individual pictures any longer} click the EDIT button and send your collage over to the Photo Editor.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageHow to add text to your collage ~ Click on the Add Text Button on the left – the one that looks like Tt.  Now you can add text! You can change the size, color, center it in the text box. The Text Editor is very versatile.

How to add text to a picmonkey collage
Move the text box wherever you want it. You can rotate, change the size, etc.

How to add text to a picmonkey collageNow play around with the fonts. You can use one font for everything – or you can use a different font for each letter. Simply highlight the letters you want to change and then choose the font. I used Black Jack font for Merry Christmas and Budmo Jiggler for 2013.

And that’s it! Save your picture and you’re ready to have it printed!! Congrats! You have now created a printable photo collage using PicMonkey!

If you make a collage – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Family Foto Friday ~ June 1st

I’ve been creating picture posts on Wednesdays {Wordless Wednesday} and a couple of times I followed Soule Mama’s lead and added my {in this moment} shots. But the true purpose of those posts is to simply post a picture without saying anything and I’ve found I can’t shut up. 🙂 So, I’m starting my own Family Foto Friday – where I share pictures of events from my life that touched me. Here’s my first post. Enjoy.
wordless wednesdayBen was thrilled when friends of ours gave him real baseball pants and socks that their son had outgrown. He got dressed a full hour before his ball game and told me he thought for sure he’d be the best looking ball player on the field.

But his comment about being good looking wasn’t even the best part of the game. The funniest was Ben’s sliding technique. He slid into every single base EXCEPT home. It was really funny.

And of course, I’m proud to say without a doubt, my kid was the best looking ball payer on the field! 😉

{Thanks, Josh, for the great pants and socks!! They will be put to great use.}