Mesh Fruit Bag Painting

I’ve been thinking for a long time that I could use those mesh bags that fruit comes in for some sort of craft. Finally I hit on the idea of using them for painting.

Mesh Fruit Bag Painting


I saved three mesh bags and cut the larger one in half. 

I folded up a few pieces of kitchen paper and wrapped the mesh bag around it, forming a flat painting area. I secured the mesh with tape, which also provided a handle. 

I got  some big paper and set out the paint and mesh dabbers. My son (2.5yrs) was more gentle with the mesh dabbers than I thought he would be; I was really impressed at the different effects he got.

Unfortunately the mesh dabbers don’t lend themselves to washing and re-using, but as they had been upcycled in the first place I didn’t mind.


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  1. Such a fun idea. We’ll have to try thise!

  2. What a neat way to reuse an item you might otherwise discard!

  3. Laura says:

    I like that it looks super easy for him to hold, this would be easy for younger kids and still fun for older kids. Also…love the pirate outfit, matey! Cute!

  4. What a great idea. I love when regular everyday items can get re-used like that!

  5. Sarah L says:

    Very good idea! I just happen to have the stuff to do this with. Thanks for the suggestion.

  6. Thanks Sarah, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

  7. Oh this is getting pinned! This is a great idea for rainy days or school holidays to do with the kids. Thanks for the awesome idea.

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