Sunset Silhouette

I have been playing around with the idea of a tree silhouette at sunset painting for some time now, but I was struggling to find an easy way for Emily to do this and get good results. Then I had a “eureka” moment this afternoon while playing with some rubber bands. Let me explain…

First, break out the water color paints….

…. and invite your child over to paint the sunset background! Emily loves to cover the entire sheet of paper with paint!
While she was painting, I made up some tree stamps by gluing pieces of the aforementioned wide rubber bands to some thick pieces of recycled cardboard. 
Emily loved using the paint roller to paint the tree stamps black. This was her favorite part!
Press down to make a crisp image on the sunset painting! Beautiful!!
Use a sponge dipped in some black paint to make leaves!
Admire your stunning artwork!! I’m planning to scan this in to make gorgeous (and personal) notecards out of it!

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  1. I voted again, keep reminding us otherwise I won't remember to every day.

  2. That is really clever! I love Emily's big smile. You can tell she really enjoyed making her picture.

  3. awesome craft! love that idea, and your little girl looks so happy. πŸ™‚

  4. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Ticia — Thank you so much!! That is soooo sweet of you! xoxo

  5. Mama King says

    I voted!

    Good Luck!

  6. Beautiful! We will have try this.

  7. I hope you get to go to VT! I emailed a bunch of people and asked them to vote for you!

  8. mylittlebirdie says

    that is fabulous idea it looks awesome! again i say i dont want to wish my poppets life away but i cant wait till we can do all of this : )
    ps i voted, will try get back again tomorrow good luck : )

  9. ~Alison~ says

    You have the BEST ideas!

    Voted both yesterday and today! I'll try to remember to vote everyday!

  10. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Those would make pretty note cards! And yes, I voted again πŸ™‚

  11. Raising a Happy Child says

    How creative! You are really an inspiration to uncrafty moms like myself. I bet even if I try myself without Anna, my sunset will be all smudgy πŸ™‚

  12. What a cute idea! I am going to go vote now!

  13. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    That's strange… for some reason the comments weren't showing up here yesterday!

    @ Bronwyn — Thank you so much! She really enjoying painting, so this project was a big hit with her!

    @ Jena — Thank you!!!

  14. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Mama King, Christy, Alison, mylittlebirdie, An Almost Unschooling Mom, & Jenny — Thank you SOOOOOOOO much for voting for me today!!!!!! You ROCK!! πŸ™‚

  15. Great idea! We did sunset paintings and glued black construction shapes on the dried painting for silhouettes, but I love your idea even more!

  16. Just Breathe says

    I voted again πŸ™‚
    This project came out really cute.
    She seems to be giggling in the pictures, it's so cute.

  17. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Scott — I bet that turned out really pretty too! We must be on the same wave-length. πŸ™‚

    @ Just Breathe — There is no shortage of giggling going on at our house! Hee hee!

  18. MaryAnne says

    Wonderful idea, I would have never thought to use rubber bands as stamps!

    We've been voting for you every day – keep the reminders coming =)

  19. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ MaryAnne — It's a good thing I don't work at an office supply store… I would be crafting all the time with the supplies and never getting any work done! Thank you soooo much for your votes!!!!!

  20. Lovely and so kiddie friendly! thanks

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  22. I love this!!!!

  23. That's so cool! Making note cards is an excellent idea. I should do that with my children's artwork. I think I will. Thanks for the idea! You know, you could always make cards and sell them.

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  25. I like how it looks and it looks like she had fun making it too.

    This would also be a cool idea to put on a roll of butcher paper and make homemade gift wrap.

  26. Mama Ruck says

    I love this! Thanks for walking us through the process.

  27. love all your fun frugal ideas! thanks for sharing!

  28. I am a Kindergarten teacher and we read a great book in October that we act out…"The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything"
    These trees and watercolor project is perfect for the background of the story…THanks for this great idea! Check out the book I think you will agree:)