Project–Face Painting–it was Grandma’s idea

I would like to qualify this post by saying right at the start that I never would have painted my kids faces.  It sounds like WAY too much clean-up for me.  However, Grandma sent some face paints in the last box she sent our way, and the girls have been asking EVERY day if TODAY they could please open up the face paints.  A long story short is that we had fun, and the clean-up wasn’t too hard.  And yes, the face paint does get all over their clothes–but they are just play clothes.

I checked some books out from the library on face painting, and Scout chose a bunny.

Eloise also wanted to be a bunny, but she had a different idea about how she wanted her bunny to look.

I gathered up some supplies.  From somewhere, I remembered that clowns sometimes used zinc oxide with baby powder dusted on top to achieve their white faces. We, of course, have both on hand, so I added diaper cream to the paints to lighten them or make them more workable.

Here we go.  Get a head band on BEFORE starting.

Step  one is finished.

Now we added some white.

I used an old eye liner pencil for the black markings, and then went back in with black paint.  Scout didn’t want “the mustache”, she just wanted whiskers.

And here is somebunny.

We didn’t make too much of a mess, and it only took about 10 minutes.

In case you forgot Eloise, here she is again.

She managed to sit still enough for me to paint her face.

I added in the second color.

And the third color.

Now for the details.

And here are my Bunnies cleaning the bathroom.


I know you are wondering how well the face paint came off.  I used some kleenex and about three wet wipes, and this is how her face looked.  A shower later on took off the rest.

Last comment.  The face paint didn’t really dry.  I think it is because I added the Zinc Oxide.  Next time, I think I will try just the face paints to see if they dry.  It did get on their clothes, but as they were just play clothes, I didn’t worry about it.

Yep.  We’re planning on doing it again.  We all had fun.  Thanks Grandma.


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5 Responses to Project–Face Painting–it was Grandma’s idea

  1. Laura M says:

    VERY cute!! You’re such a good momma! I’m the one always saying, “maybe tomorrow” – but seriously, don’t we have enough to clean up?!? 🙂


  2. Madeline says:

    I used to check that book out from the library when I was a kid! The distinctive smell of face paint brings back a lot of memories! 🙂 your girls are SO cute by the way!


  3. Amy says:

    Wow, painting their face really brings out their facial structures. MJ looks so much like Aunt Ann its uncanny. Julia would love to do this sometime.


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