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Se7en Brilliant Batik Bikes…

July 16th, 2010 · 28 Comments

What with Bastille Day and The Father Person glued to the Tour de France. I must say I just love watching the French country side fly past the bikes and I would love to stop and visit some of their beautiful spots… but the rest of my family are firmly fixated on the bikes!!! Meanwhile I have wanted to do flour batik for the longest time with my kids, so Brilliant Batik Bikes it is…



Let’s Meet The Players:

  • Plain cotton fabric, wash it before you begin else the fabric paint/dye won’t “stick”. (Trust me on this!!!).
  • Plain flour.
  • Water.
  • A Ziplock Bag.
  • Fabric Paints or Dyes.

And Let’s Play The Game:



Step 1: First we washed our fabric. Then we cut it to size and sketched some bikes…


Step 2: Then we made a thick paste from flour and water, about 3 parts flour to one part water.


Step 3: We tried syringes, but the paste was too thick and they were quite tricky for little hands… to get a smooth flow.



Step 4: A cut off ziplock bag, filled with the flour mixture, worked so much better. And we traced over the bikes with the flour mixture.



Step 5: We left the bikes to dry overnight and they were crispy dry. Once they were dry, out came the fabric paints. And we splished and sploshed. And then we waited for the paint to dry completely.



Step 6: Once the paint is dry then you pick the flour mixture off – all of it!!!


Step 7: Then we ironed the bikes to set the paint. You have to heat the fabric paint to set it. And we had a heap of Brilliant Batik Bikes…


And then my friendly seamstress whipped them into cushion covers!!!!


And our entrance way has a new lease on life:



That’s it!!! I don’t know why I took years to do this!!! It turned out to be a really easy project and I am sure we will do it again!!!

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28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Taryn // Jul 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    hey there 🙂 commented earlier, but seems to have got lost. Just wanted to say that this is such fun! It has inspired me to do the same again in our home. We did something similar last year – we made ancient Eygptian collars using batik and fabric paint. Loads of fun! 🙂 You can see it here: By the way, you can pop your flour paste and painted fabric in the tumble drier for 1/2 hour to set the paint. Then just soak the fabric in warm water and the flour paste comes off quite easily 🙂

  • 2 Cheryl // Jul 21, 2010 at 1:40 am

    What a great idea. I love that their art was added to a cushion. I’m bookmarking this activity, ready for the holiday.

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  • 4 se7en // Jul 21, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Hahaha Cheryl… I was looking and admiring cloaks as you were commenting over here!!! I just love your owl costume and I know a few folk over here who would die for a cloak!!! Have a fun week!!!

  • 5 Peaches // Jul 22, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I LOVE THIS! Every step of the project sounds like fun for little hands and the results are gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this out!

  • 6 se7en // Jul 22, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Hi Peaches, Thanks for stopping by – Glad you liked it!!! Have a great day!!!

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  • 8 Mammagiramondo // Jan 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Oh I love this!!! I can’t wait to try it with my little traveler boy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea!

  • 9 se7en // Jan 20, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Hi Daniela, Lovely to meet you… I popped over and visited your fun blog!!! Lovely!!! Have a great week!!!

  • 10 JoAnn // Jan 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    So cool! I’m adding fabric paints to my shopping list! 🙂

  • 11 se7en // Jan 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Hay JoAnn, These were such fun to make, we will definitely make them again and agin!!!

  • 12 stacy // Jan 21, 2011 at 2:43 am

    This is fabulous! I’ve done a lot of batik but never had any turn out this colorful. I love the pillow! I’ll be filing this one away-and following you! I found you over at the Crafty Crow ; )
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  • 13 mday // Jan 21, 2011 at 3:03 am

    I have never done flour I will have to give it a try! I have done the same with the blue Elmers gel glue. Once the glue dries you paint, then dry the paint rinse the glue out…… much smoother lines and details….

  • 14 Bonnie // Jan 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

    I use to do this every year with my kindergarten class and it was always a favorite of both kids and parents. The kids even liked picking off the dried flour.

  • 15 se7en // Jan 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Hi Stacy, So nice to meet you… via one of my favorite, favorite blogs!!! Hope you have a fun weekend!!!

  • 16 se7en // Jan 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Hi there Mday… Thanks so much for commenting!!! We have never used Elmers glue for batiking – I have visions of people and t-shirts and everything… well stuck together!!! But it is a great idea to try with my older kids!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 17 se7en // Jan 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oh Bonnie!!! I have to smile, I think my kids liked picking off the flour more than anything!!! Hope you have a fun day!!!

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