Blogs     Milestones     Family Fun     Local Parents    

Painting With Kitchen Scraps



Think Outside the Brush by Using Leftover Produce



I know it sounds a little odd to paint with food scraps. But that's exactly what we do at our house. Not only does it create a simple project for your little ones, but it gets a little use out of those fruits and veggies that may be too old to eat, but not completely gone. I'd prefer my kids actually eat the produce I pay for, but this is better than tossing directly into the trash. Well, just a little better. 

Here's what you need:

1 apple
1 potato
1 celery root
paints
paint brushes
paper
paper towels for clean up
water to clean brushes

1. Celery painting- the next time you cut off the end of the celery, keep the root portion. Dip the end you cut into paint and create a flower print on paper, or even on canvas. You can fill in any gaps where the paint is missing, or leave it for an authentic look.

2. Potato painting- simply cut a potato in half. Dip in paint, or use a paint brush to cover the fleshy end of the potato. Press onto paper and make this unique print. You can use black paint or a sharpie to create dots and a body for a lady bug, or add a smiley face. 

3. Apple painting- cut in half to create a butterfly shape. Dip in paint, or use a brush to cover the fleshy part of the apple and press onto paper. If you cut the apple through the middle it will create a natural star shape for a really cool print. You can use black paint, or a sharpie to draw in the body, or add special colors to morph your colorful shape into a butterfly. 

We used ours to make a rose garden with some bugs and butterflies. Perfect as this snow day has us thinking ahead to spring! Thankfully, we already had these things on hand so no need to leave the house!

If you are looking for something fun and unique to do with your little ones, I definitely recommend looking beyond the brush and getting a little creative with the way you paint. 



The Whatever Mom is a full-time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the BIG potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here. You can also find her musings and popular shares on Facebook and Twitter. Stay up to date with her creative ideas and outings on Pinterest. 

Other posts by this this blogger


Art Supplies to Take on Your Travels This Summer

May 23, 2018

Keep the creativity flowing with this list of easy to tote art supplies. Mess free must haves for your hotel stay, dinner time entertainment and down time at the relatives.

Crafting New Worlds With Minecraft

May 16, 2018

Kids can imagine new worlds to build through digital crafting.

Create a Plan for Self Care This Summer

May 9, 2018

Self care for moms is hard to come by, so set your routine on autopilot and enjoy more time for yourself this summer.

Easy Magnet Tile Craft for Mother's Day

May 2, 2018

Help your little one make a unique photo tile magnet for Mother's Day.

Easy Rainy Day STEM Activity for Little Ones

Apr 18, 2018

Really anyone from ages 1 to 91 will think this is cool and it will cost you only $2 for supplies.

Help Feed the Honey Bees for Earth Day

Apr 10, 2018

Use these easy peasy craft instructions to help feed the bees in your hometown.

DIY Spa Night at Home

Apr 4, 2018

Use ingredients you may already have in your kitchen to make this easy DIY relaxing face mask.

5 Easy Egg Hunt Ideas to Do at Home

Mar 28, 2018

If community egg hunts are not your thing, jazz up your egg hunt at home and make it fun for your little one!

Help Your Child Keep a Gratitude Journal

Mar 21, 2018

Help your child develop an attitude of gratitude by using a journal to keep track of things to be thankful for.

Planning Your Easter Fools Day Pranks

Mar 7, 2018

Celebrate this unique mash up of April Fool's Day and Easter Sunday with these practical jokes.

DIY Zen Garden for Calm and Focus

Feb 28, 2018

Create a peaceful space for you and your family with a DIY Zen Garden

Use Coloring to Calm the Chaos

Feb 21, 2018

Spending time coloring each day can help you feel more calm and less stressed.

7 Garden Crafts to Make Ahead for Spring

Feb 14, 2018

Ideas for spring garden crafts to make with your kids now.

Make Learning Sight Words More Fun

Feb 7, 2018

This DIY sight word game will bring laughter and fun to your child's homework routine.

7 Museums You Must See This Summer

Jan 31, 2018

Need some summertime inspiration? These seven museums offer family fun, edutainment and a close encounter with art!

Indoor Art Spaces to Take Your Kids This Winter

Jan 24, 2018

Fun, family friendly places to appreciate art together as a family.

Beat the Winter Blues with A Family Craft Night

Jan 10, 2018

Have fun with these easy craft night ideas or make up your own. Schedule time to sit down and make something special with your kids.

6 Mostly Mess Free Ways to Paint With Your Young Kids

Jan 3, 2018

Here are 6 easy ideas to help your kids get the benefits of learning to paint without all the mess.

New Year's Day Traditions for Families

Dec 27, 2017

Simple and fun ideas for a low key New Year Celebration at home.

Creative Ways to Celebrate Your Child's Winter Birthday

Dec 13, 2017

Planning your child's birthday party during the rush of the Christmas season can feel stressful. Get creative with some unique ways to celebrate!

How To Create Lasting Memories Without the Clutter

Dec 6, 2017

Make this unique gift at home to present to your child on Christmas. A full year of one on one date days your kids will love!

Applesauce Cinnamon Christmas Ornaments

Nov 29, 2017

RECIPE INSIDE - make these holiday scented ornaments with your kids for fun and hand out as gifts to the neighbors.

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments

Nov 22, 2017

RECIPE INSIDE! Bake up some fun memories with your kids this Christmas with salt dough ornaments.

Easy "Kidtainment" for Thanksgiving Day

Nov 15, 2017

Keep little ones busy with some fun activities and crafts while they wait for the main event of the holiday.

Easy Craft Ideas for Veteran's Day

Nov 7, 2017

Create simple thank you cards and crafts to share with veterans on Veteran's Day.

Kids Explore Their World Through Process Art

Oct 25, 2017

Let your kids enjoy the process of creating art without expectations for a final product.

Non-Food Treats for Halloween Trick-or-Treators

Oct 18, 2017

The Food Allergy Research & Education organization offers a unique way to let parents know you have safe treats for kids with food allergies.

Make a Sensory Boo Bin for Halloween

Oct 11, 2017

Using mostly edible items you can create this fun sensory bin with a Halloween theme.

How To Make Acorn Jewels This Fall

Oct 4, 2017

Make these glittery jewels using three things you already have at home.

Fall Leaf Painting with Wine Corks

Sep 27, 2017

Save your left over wine corks from the trash and use them to create this super easy leaf painting.

Slow Down and Enjoy the Season You Are In

Sep 20, 2017

Simple ways to connect with your kids in whatever parenting season you are in.

Hudson Valley Art Programs to Enjoy This Fall

Sep 13, 2017

Get outside to take in the artistry of fall while checking out some new artists.

How To Use Your Credit Cards To Paint

Sep 6, 2017

Sound weird? Well, only if you use a valid credit card to make your paintings.

Doodling With Popsicle Sticks

Aug 30, 2017

Use Popsicle sticks and markers to create this unique geometric art.

5 Reasons to Go Solo to The Art Gallery

Aug 23, 2017

Read 5 reasons why you should go solo to an art gallery without kids.

6 Ways to Prepare Your Special Needs Child for the School Year

Aug 16, 2017

Navigating the world of special needs can feel overwhelming. Here are six ways to help you prepare.

Sending Your Child Off To Kindergarten

Aug 9, 2017

Follow these five tips for a smoother transition into the first day of Kindergarten.

7 Ways to Encourage Your Child's Creative Side

Aug 2, 2017

In our busy world we often forget to make room for our kids' creativity. Here are 7 ways to encourage their creative side.

Pulled String Painting Any Kid Can Do

Jul 26, 2017

Using just string, paint and paper kids can create unique artwork, cards or stationary.

5 Easy Ways To Get More Art in Your Day

Jul 19, 2017

Are you a creative type looking for simple ways to get creative each day? Read more to find out how you can incorporate these five fun and easy steps to getting more are into your day.

Family Day at The Samuel Dorskey Museum of Art

Jul 12, 2017

The Dorsky Museum of Art located on SUNY New Paltz campus is a local treasure. We enjoyed our family day workshop with local artist Jenny Lee Fowler. Click the link to see our artsy adventure.

Painted Mickey Mouse Planter

Jul 4, 2017

Create this fun project for the Disney fan in your life.

Get Creative With Camp Creativity at Michael's Craft Store

Jun 28, 2017

Take advantage of Camp Creativity at Michael's craft store this summer! Affordable crafting fun for your little ones!

Painting With Bubbles

Jun 21, 2017

Watch what happens when you mix these two ingredients together to create a simple canvas art piece for your home, or child's room.

Get Creative Outside With Shadow Art

Jun 14, 2017

Shadow tracing is a super fun way to sneak in hand writing practice for your kids while creating some art.

Where To Find Activities and Local Events This Summer

Jun 7, 2017

Look inside for resources to making this your most adventurous summer yet!

7 Art-Filled Day Trips To Take This Summer

May 31, 2017

Seven museums to check out with the kids this summer!

Sensory Fun With Food

May 24, 2017

This week my girls and I needed a little down time. We have been so busy visiting friends for play dates and shopping for two big girl bedroom makeovers that we just needed to relax. My daughter suggested we have a spa night and make our own facial masks. I know every mom thinks their kid is a ...

Life Is Better With Art, Cats and Cupcakes

May 17, 2017

Are your kids smitten with kittens? Mine really are! Unfortunately for them I am allergic. I can’t spend more than 5 minutes with a cat before I start sneezing and wheezing. But my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE kittens! Since we can’t own a cat, and to encourage my kids love of cats we volunteer as ofte...

Making Stained Glass Art

May 10, 2017

Creating stained glass effect with simple art supplies.

Tissue Paper Color Transfer Project

May 3, 2017

Story time, colors, Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color

Make and Take Entertainment for Kids

Apr 26, 2017

Entertainment for kids, Kids, Activities, Take it with you, Mini Travel Pouch

Create a Magical Portal In Your Back Yard

Apr 19, 2017

Creating magic in your own back yard.