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How to do Inexpensive Face Paint at Kids' Birthday Parties

Updated on March 15, 2015

You are planning a birthday party for your child. You ask them what they would like to have at their party and their response includes face painting! Don't be alarmed! Everyone can learn how to do In expensive face paint at kids' birthday party! Even you! It is simple and very inexpensive! I will show you two different methods. Pick the one that works best for you, grab some supplies and you are on the fast track to painting faces.

Dollar priced discount items can make face painting a very inexpensive activity for any kids' birthday party!
Dollar priced discount items can make face painting a very inexpensive activity for any kids' birthday party! | Source

Select Your Supplies

The quickest way to paint the face of a young child is to use washable, non-toxic markers. They come in several bright colors and will even blend! They will also last longer as sometimes paint is stiff and flakes off when it dries on the face. Most younger children will be just as happy with marker designs. Markers can be used both freehand AND with stencils.

You can actually purchase a palette of face paint as many craft stores. This can sometimes be expensive, so I used a few containers of acrylic paint and blended my own colors. These come in small plastic containers and with some simple art techniques, you can have ANY color available. The most important thing to remember is that red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, and red and blue make purple. Adding white makes them pastel and adding black make them darker.

This was painted with simple lines, dots and arches.  It is truly simple to recreate.  Try it out!
This was painted with simple lines, dots and arches. It is truly simple to recreate. Try it out! | Source

Pick Your Method

There are several methods you can use, but for convenience sake, I will share only a few here. First of all, you can use stencils. There are all kinds of stencils from letters and numbers to sports designs. You can find these are your local craft or hobby store. Sometimes you will find them in the party goods aisle of your market. These make it super simple to get going! can free hand designs making sure to keep it to a few simple strokes. I will share those with you in a bit. These are relatively simple too and will make even better designs. It takes a bit longer, so consider the age of the children. If they are under 5, you may want to stick with the stencils. Over 6, and you will have to make a choice. Make it easy for them to choose by making a design sheet!

Make a sheet of designs you feel comfortable making so the children can pick and choose easily.
Make a sheet of designs you feel comfortable making so the children can pick and choose easily. | Source

What To "Paint"?

Now you are set, you are wondering "What am I going to paint?" You will find that a simple search online will amaze you with some really wonderful options! There are simple designs like hearts and lightening bolts, then there are designs that are fanciful and creative like butterfly faces and animal faces.

At a craft store or art supply store, you can find stencils. The stencils used for painting wall borders can also be a beginning point. Simple stencils can also be layered to create additional images. One example would be taking a simple heart shape and creating a butterfly from it.

In addition to stencils, simple strokes, whether in paint or marker, can create beautiful images. Circles, triangles, ovals, rectangles, can be joined with simple scrolling lines to create things such as spiders, butterflies, pumpkins, kittens and the list goes on and on. Again, a simple search online for specific images made from shapes will get you amazing results!

You can practice simple circles and crescent shape strokes ahead of time and get the designs down. You can even make a sample palette for showing the children. Allow them to choose from this palette and your party will be SO much easier! It is really a simple and fun activity to do.

Text and Photo Copyright 2012 Deborah M. Carey

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