What can a dollar store cookie tray, dollar store hair gel, plastic vinyl and paint possibly create? How about a no mess finger paint tray! Finger painting can be so fun for little kids. They get to sink their hands into that gooey paint and make colorful masterpieces. It’s all fun and games until you have to clean that mess up, not only are those hands all covered with messy paint, but most likely your table, their clothes and even their faces. So wouldn’t it be nice to have the finger paint experience with out the mess? You can with this DIY: no mess finger paint tray. Perfect travel toy: You can take this on a road trip and keep your kids entertained for hours. It doesn’t make a mess (if you’ve sealed it properly) and the kids can doodle over the black paint and discover the bright colors underneath.
– Cookie Tray (Dollar Store)
– various bright colors and black acrylic paint
– Hair Gel (Dollar Store)
– Clear Drying Caulk
– Clear vinyl fabric (purchased from a fabric store for $4.99 a yard)
– Primer Spray Paint
– Spray Paint (Pink in our case)
– Hot Glue Gun
– Paint Brush
1. Wipe down the cookie tray to remove all dust and grime. Trace around the inside of the cookie sheet on the clear plastic vinyl (twice and cut out two vinyls).
STEPS 3 and 4 are optional.
3. Spray the primer to cover the cookie sheet. Let Dry.
4. Spray paint the cookie sheet all one color. Let Dry.
5. Using the acrylic paint and paint brush, paint diagonal stripes of different colors on the face of the cookie sheet.
6. Hot glue the first piece of vinyl down over the painted stripes. Make sure there are no gaps in the glue so nothing can get under the vinyl by leaving a continuous bead of hot glue all around the border of the tray.
7. Mix 1/4 cup of hair gel and 1/2 teaspoon of black acrylic paint. Mix up in a plastic sandwich bag.
8. Dispense the black paint on to the tray by cutting a corner of the plastic sandwich bag and squeezing out the paint onto the very middle of the tray.
9. Put a continuous thin bead of caulk around the edge of the cookie tray and place the second piece of clear vinyl on it. We used too much caulking (use 1/2 as much).
10. Use a wood craft stick to push the vinyl and the caulk to the very edge of the cookie tray to create a firm seal and get rid of the air bubbles. Let dry until the caulk is completely clear which may take several days. And then caulk a second time on top of the vinyl. Use your finger tip to get a nice smooth seal. Once everything is completely dry – hot glue ribbon to cover all the caulking edges.
11. Spread the black paint over the tray once the seal is dry.
12. Use an eraser or a wood crafting stick to doodle on the finger paint tray. Be sure not to use anything sharp so the vinyl will not puncture.
FROM EXPERIENCE, be sure to let the caulk dry completely before spreading the black paint we played with it a little too early and it made a mess.
Depending on how much caulk you use it may take several days for it to completely dry. We recommend using a thin bead of caulk (not as thick as the image shows) that keeps a good seal for the fastest drying time.