Know a kid who loves to create? Surprise them with their very own Personalized Painter’s Palette for Kids!
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When I was a kid, I was obsessed with all things creative. I loved art class, and even when I was at home, I would spend hours curled up on the couch with my sketch pad. I’m pretty sure I would have stayed inside all day drawing (or reading, I love that, too!), if my mom hadn’t kicked me out of the house occasionally.
I still love all things artsy crafty, and now that my niece Savanna is a little older, it’s exciting to see that she loves art, too. She’s a whizz with a pair of scissors, and she’s at the age where she can sit down and focus on a project. So I thought it would be fun to surprise her with this Personalized Painter’s Palette for Kids!
I shared this Personalized Painter’s Palette for Kids over at The Pinning Mama last year, and now, I’m excited to share it here, too!
This is one of those projects that was inspired by a walk down the craft aisle … one of my favorite places! I was looking for ideas when I spotted an inexpensive painter’s palette. The palette would have made a cute gift on its own, but I thought it would look even better personalized with Savanna’s name.
This Personalized Painter’s Palette is so simple to make … seriously, it couldn’t be much easier. The best part is that you can customize it however you’d like. Choose your favorite font for the name or use initials instead. If you’re talented at lettering, you could even hand letter the name … wouldn’t that be fun?
- printer and printer paper
- wooden painter’s palette (I can’t find the exact one I used, but this one is similar, plus it comes with a few brushes that you can gift with the palette!)
- painters tape
- ball point pen
- fine point Sharpie
- tempera paint
Start by typing the name (or initials, monogram, etc.) in Word or in an online design program like PicMonkey, which is what I used. Play around with the different fonts and font sizes until you find a combination you like.
Print out the text, then tape it to the painter’s palette with the painters tape. Using the ball point pen, slowly trace around the name, pressing hard enough to leave a mark in the wooden palette.
Since the wood is so porous, the Sharpie will bleed a little bit. It’s not too noticeable on the finished palette, but try to stay inside the lines to account for a little bleeding. Go over the name again to darken it, if needed.
You could also try using an oil-based paint marker instead of a Sharpie. I haven’t tried it, but you’d have a lot more color options.
I absolutely love how this Personalized Painter’s Palette turned out, not to mention how fast it was to make. Plus, simply wrap it up with a set of paints and a smock, and you have a fun gift that pretty much any kid would adore!
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