Pendulum Painting

Pendulum painting is a whole lot of fun for kids and can get pretty messy too so best kept for a sunny day outside.  Ours didn’t look anywhere near as fancy as some of the posts I’ve seen on Pinterest but loved doing it.

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We contructed our frame from a cardboard box but you can experiment with poles or anything that will allow you to hang your pot from and have a clear space underneath

What you need

  • Large carboard box
  • Empty pot or cup that you can easily pierce a hole in
  • String
  • Paper
  • Paint

How to do Pendulum Painting

  • We made our frame by opening the top and bottom of a cardboard box.  It wasn’t very stable so we used the flaps to steady it.

  • Pierce a hole in the bottom of the pot.  We used an empty yoghurt pot.
  • Tie string to 2 sides of the pot.
  • Attach the other ends of the string together and fix to the top of the carboard box.  We found this a little tricky to start but found that punching a hole in the box and then feeding the string up and taping on the top worked best.
  • Water down your paint and add it to the cup.

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  • Place paper under the cup and give it a good swing.
  • The paint runs out and creates splats on the paper below.  If you get a good swing you can even create swirls.

Why not add different colours of paint to create your masterpiece.


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