MaxiMad has wanted to make skittles from drinks bottles for a while, so we started collecting the bottles (thanks Grandma) and once we had 15 we decided to make a start. I knew it was going to be a long and messy project so was prepared for this and PVA'd the bottles, so that the paint would stick.
The boys decided to do a first coat of white paint, so I added a little PVA to the mix and let them slap it on. That took a day to dry. I then added another coat overnight, to fill in any gaps.
Today we decided to paint the bottles in bright colours, so I got the paint out, put their art smocks on and let them lose. It was wonderful, they sploshed, striped, dotted, hand printed and basically had loads of fun making the skittles as colourful as possible.
I then added a small amount of water to make them more stable and put the tops back on. Once they are finally dry I am planning a final coat of PVA to make them a little more durable and then we are going to have a family bowling game.
I am a lot more relaxed about messy projects now they have good smocks and know that the paint is washable. In fact it was funny watching MadDad cringe at the mess!!