My Solution to Military White Walls

My Solution to Military White Walls


While Melissa and David are off on another adventure, on another tropical island (today they’re in Barbados!), I wanted to share with y’all a fun and easy project that my kids loved and solved a huge dilemma for me.


As much as I love moving around and living the military life, I hate decorating new homes. Maybe because I am really bad at it.

But whatever the reason, I need my mom or another trained eye to help me.

Because bare white walls are the worst(!), I recently called my mom on our home phone, took pictures of my bare white walls(!) with my cell phone, and then asked her what pictures to put where.

Pathetic, I know!!

But, luckily, I have accumulated enough kids art, family pictures, poster pictures, and interesting framed cards to fill up the space.

However, I have a HUGE 18ft bare white wall(!) (have I said that enough yet?) that I don’t have anything for.

I thought about uploading a few of my favorite pictures of the kids to Costco’s website and turning them into canvases, but, when I saw their prices, I knew that wasn’t happening!

So, since it was still summer and I was looking for ways to keep the kids busy, I headed to Wal-Mart and bought watercolor paints, paintbrushes, and the biggest canvases I could find. Then, I put the kids to work.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  • Canvas
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Kosher salt
  • Clear glue
  • Drop cloth
  • And, finally, kids. Gather up your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, or anyone who might enjoy this!

I sat each child up with their own canvas, paint, and water cup, and told them to go to town. I didn’t want to see any white!

This is such a fun activity for the kids because you have to have A LOT of paint on the canvas for the salt to do it’s job.

While the paint is still wet, have them drizzle a design over the painting with the glue then sprinkle it with kosher salt.

The salt will make a sparkle/starburst effect when it hits the wet paint.

Though this is an easy and fun project, I will admit it was a little hard to keep Ainsley’s canvas wet enough because of the size of her canvas and how slowly she was working. She’s only 4, so, depending on your child’s age, you may want to use a smaller canvas.

But, most importantly, have fun and use your imagination!

If you try this with your kids, please go to our Facebook page and share their artwork with us!

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One Response to “My Solution to Military White Walls”

  1. September 5, 2013 at 11:03 am

    What a neat idea and project! Rainy day fun!

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