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Minerva CraftsThis project has been designed by Little Miss Fancy Frocks – the dynamic mother-daughter duo who lovingly create handcrafted clothing for adults and children. Visit their Facebook page here.

Minerva Crafts have kindly provided the materials for this project. Visit them for all your sewing and crafting needs.

Safari Scene Silk Painting Project

Silk painting and applique project

Enjoy a crafty session with your little ones and produce a work of art! Paint on silk and cut out animal templates to stick or stitch onto the safari backdrop to produce a lovely scene. Upcycle an old frame for their works of art.


You will need...

Kit for silk painting

For each scene:

Picture frame approximately 30cm x 35cm

Piece of silk, cotton fabric and wadding 35cm x 45cm

Fabric paints – red, yellow and black

Black felt 15cm x 20cm

 Fabric glue or sewing kit






Use the templates to cut out the pieces you require in black felt.


Preparing the silk

Place the silk on a plastic board and tape in place. Paint the silk all over with water. This will help the silk absorb the paint. Then apply a base coat.

Silk painting with kids

Use your paintbrush, paint thick yellow lines across the top two thirds of the silk. You do not need to completely cover the silk as gaps will enhance the finished effect.


Applying colour to silk

Clean your paint brush in cold water and paint some thick red lines across the silk. Where the yellow and red merge you will produce orange lines.

How to silk paint

Clean your paint brush in cold water and paint the bottom third of the silk with black paint.


Drying a silk painting 
Allow the paint to dry. If you cannot wait you can use a hairdryer - the silk will dry in minutes.

Applying felt pieces for applique

Use a small amount of fabric glue to stick the shapes onto the background. Alternatively you could stitch the pieces on using small running stitches or blanket stitch.

Lay the cotton fabric down as the bottom of the sandwich, place wadding on top of the cotton fabric and then place the silk on the top. 

Trim the edges of the fabric scene to fit the frame and mount.

Completed silk paintings

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