Soot Sprite Painting

Soot Sprite Painting

Soot sprites from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away are explosions of cuteness. You and your preschooler can paint your own soot sprites with this messy art project that makes use of clean toilet paper roll.

What You Need

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Black washable paint
  • Black and white construction paper
  • Paper hole punch
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Paper

Get Started!

Begin by cutting small slits into the top of the toilet paper roll, approximately half an inch apart. Fold the strips over to create a flower shape.

Soot Sprite Painting

Use a paintbrush to cover each strip in black washable paint. (Or, if you have a lot of black paint, pour it on to a paper plate and dip the roll in the paint.)

Soot Sprite Painting

Press the shape on the paper. You may need to press lightly on each strip for good coverage. This will likely get paint all over your fingers, so be prepared!

Turn the roll and keep pressing to create more lines and tufts. Repeat on the same piece of paper to create another soot sprite.

Soot Sprite Painting

Use the paintbrush to fill in the middle with more black paint. Let all paint dry.

Soot Sprite Painting

Draw one oval on the white paper, approximately 1″ tall. Cut it out. Use the oval as a template and create three more matching ovals.

Soot Sprite Painting

Use the standard hole punch to make four small circles out of a black piece of paper.

Soot Sprite Painting

Glue the black dots inside the ovals, slightly toward the inside middle for a bit of a cross-eyed look. Let dry.

Glue the completed eyes to the dry paint and let the glue dry. Your soot sprites are complete!

Soot Sprite Painting

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