How To Sponge Paint

Mia will show your kids how to sponge paint with step by step instructions and photo's. This kids craft project is so much fun and a great way to get the kids painting.

I had fun experimenting with 2 different sponges for completely different sponge painting effects.

You will see the results of both techniques below. 

A Natural type sponge gives a soft cloud like effect, whereas the kitchen sponge with square edges gives more of a brick effect.

sponge painting

Once you have learned how to sponge paint you might be interested in one of our other craft ideas below. Use your new found skill to decorate one of the gift boxes or gift tags. 

Mia's Top Tip

This is a great project to do outside on a sunny day, the painting will dry quickly in the sun.

The kids can make as much mess as they like whilst learning how to sponge paint and you won't have a big clean-up job.

If you have to be inside then you will need to find somewhere to leave the paintings to dry. 

An old sheet secured over a curtain rail is a great way to dry your sponge paintings. Just attach them to the sheet using a clothes peg.
If the paintings are very wet they will need to be left flat to dry or the paint will run. I use a large piece of wood that fits over the bath. The paintings could easily be moved if necessary and they were out of the way whilst drying.

Materials and Equipment

  • Paint (any water based paint can be used)
  • small containers for watered down paint
  • Water
  • Sponge, try different types
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Small plate
  • Paper or card
  • Lots of newspaper or plastic table cloths to protect table and furnishings
  • Old clothes or apron

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How To Sponge Paint Tutorial

Cut or tear your sponge so it has no straight edges.

Place an absorbent cloth onto a plate.

Add a little water to the plate then put the paint onto the cloth.

This will stop the acrylic paint from drying out too quickly.

Dip your sponge into the paint and apply to your paper.

The harder you press on the paper the darker the pattern will appear.

Sponge Painting With A kitchen Sponge

Leave the sponge whole if you want a block effect.

For a softer effect cut or tear the edges.

The rest of the instructions are the same as steps 2 to 4 above.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

Once you have learned the basics on how to sponge paint you can make your own homemade gift tags.

If you have done your sponge painting on paper but would like to make it into a gift tag it's easy.

Cut out the best bits of your design and glue onto a piece of card.

Once your sponge paintings are dry stack them together with a plain piece of paper between each one. Place them beneath a pile of books or something heavy to flatten them.

Free Gift Box Templates

Print out the gift box template onto a A4 card then use one of the sponge painting techniques to decorate the other side of the card.

I suggest that you print out the template first as the painted side may get damaged going through the printer.

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