Monday, September 24, 2012

Puffy Paint Glow Map

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map #iLoveToCreate
Recently I was lucky enough to receive a package of Puffy Paint Glow from iLoveToCreate.  Just moments after I opened the box a number of Halloween inspired crafts came to mind. Colorful Day of the Dead Skulls and Ghostly Glow Window Clings; no other holiday lends itself to Glow paint better. But when I read that the paint could be used on paper, I went in a completely different direction…and you will need a map for it!  Bwa, ha, ha!

No matter the locale charted out, maps add a certain charm to any room of the home. On the walls of a children’s bedroom they incite dreams of exploration while familiarizing little minds with the world around them. By adding a bit of Glow paint this otherwise standard decoration becomes an interactive piece of art. 

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow 12 pack #iLoveToCreate

  • Puffy Paint Glow 12 Pack
  • a paper map

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map 2

These may be the simplest directions in the history of directions but sometimes the easiest projects can get complicated if you don’t take things into consideration before you get started.

1. Smooth out your map.  Use an iron if necessary to get rid of any creases or folds.

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map 3
2. If your map takes up your entire dining room table, like mine did, plan on eating in the living room. Seriously, after everything is painted the last thing you’ll want to do is ruin all your hard work by trying to move it.

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map 4
3. If you’re left-handed start in the northeast corner of your map, if you’re right-handed the northwest. Continue to work diagonally across the paper to prevent any accidental smearing.

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4. Coordinate your colors with the map, whether teal or grey, the Puffy Paint Glow 12 pack has all that you’ll need and remember they will intensify as they dry.

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map 6
5. Here’s a fun geography question for you to contemplate while the paint dries.  Can you find the chef in the middle of America?*

@mvemother Puffy Paint Glow Map 7 #iLoveToCreate
6. If you don’t plan on framing your map, add a strip of packing tape across the top to strengthen the paper.

7. Prepare for ohhs and ahhs when you turn the lights out.  Um, if you tend to get motion sickness don’t stare at the ONLY glowing picture I could get, it’s a blur, make that a brightly glowing blur.

@mvemother Glowing Puffy Paint Map
I’m super excited with the results and the kids love it!  I’ve got more ideas for this product so stay tuned…those Day of the Dead Skulls are going to be happening and soon.  Find my post disclosure here.

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*The chef is in profile.  Minnesota-chef’s hat, Iowa-face/nose, Missouri-belly, Arkansas-legs, Louisiana-boot.

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  1. Super cute idea, Erin. I bet it was fun to do too!

  2. So cute....I love how this turned out.

  3. I like it both ways which makes this a double win in my book. Day and Night craft!

  4. Such a creative idea Erin! I love how the colors coordinate with the colors of the map and the glowing effects is really cool! Love this to pieces :)


  5. so clever, great way to engage kids!

  6. This is such a great idea! You must have very clever kids! This is an aducational display that involves more than the usual senses...!


  7. This is so creative! And I love your nails in that pic at the top!

  8. Love this!!! What a super cute idea!!!! Have a wonderful Saturday!

  9. What a fun way to get kids interested in geography! Anything is more fun if it glows in the dark!! :)

  10. Now you can hunt for states in the dark! Very cute idea.