Starry, Starry Night Craft

Starry, Starry Night Craft for Children

This is a fun craft for all ages. Recreate Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting Starry, Starry Night by swirling washable paint around an aluminium foil surface with a Q-tip.


  • cardboard or card
  • aluminium foil
  • tape
  • washable paint (white, yellow, dark blue, light blue)
  • Q-tips


  1. Cover a piece of card with aluminium foil and tape it down in the back.
  2. Put out all of the colours of paint with a Q-tip in each colour.
  3. Have fun swirling and sliding the paint along the foil surface a la Van Gogh.


    My four-year-old decided to press another foil-covered cardboard piece on top of his painting to make two prints.  This looked nice as well (almost like a Monet Impressionist piece).
    *Remember to let your children follow their ideas however much they deviate from the original.  I like to have a go myself so I can create my own piece that really looks like Van Gogh. It is interesting to see what my children come up with when I give them the art materials and the idea. It is never what I expect and I guess this is the point of the activity.


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