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Maker Monday: Cardboard Tube Paintbrush

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Sally Quinn
August14/ 2017

Finding new uses for recycled materials adds a fun element to craft projects. With this week’s Maker Monday activity, kids can make delicate, Impressionist-style paintings with Cardboard Tube Paintbrushes.

Three colors work well to develop a depth of color and richness for your flowers. You can coordinate several shades from a particular hue, or go wild with complementary colors.

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Washable latex paint in a variety of colors


Palette or paint tray (we used a disposable plastic dish)

Cardboard tube



Cup of water

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Cut into one end of a cardboard tube, making the thin cuts about 2 inches deep.

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Fold the cut edges back to form the “paintbrush.”

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Choose three paint colors for the flower. Daub blobs of paint with thin paintbrush onto the palette in a circle the size of the tube paintbrush bristles. Dip the cardboard tube paintbrush into the paint. Then dab onto the paper. The paint will appear as a splash of color. Think fireworks.

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Repeat with your additional paint colors. You can use the same cardboard tube paintbrush for all three colors. No need to clean in between applications.

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With the thin paintbrush, add a bit of water to the edge of paint on the palette to give a pale bit of color to the flower center.

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Also with the thin paintbrush, paint a stem and leaves onto your flower. As Monet would have said: C’est magnifique!

For other Maker Monday projects and fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 30 years. She appreciates all that Pittsburgh offers families and has a blast guiding her 10 grandkids to new discoveries. Sally welcomes your comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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