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Lettuce Bottom Paint Printing Project

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I’m always on the hunt for easy art projects for my preschoolers. They love joining in on our craft time – especially if it involves paint – and this lettuce bottom paint printing project is just the ticket!

After prepping taco salads for my husband and I, I handed off the romaine lettuce trimmings to my oldest and she set up a painting station for her little brothers. They went to town on so many pieces of paper. We have lettuce bottom prints pinned up everywhere!

They declared their paint printing to look like flowers – they totally do – and thus, added stems. Then we read a gorgeous book featuring another variation of beautiful flowers, A Hug Is For Holding Me by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Lisk Feng. Highly recommend! It’s a lovely story with such vibrant colors.

Lettuce Bottom Painting Project


  • White card stock
  • Romaine lettuce bottoms, one for each color
  • Paper plates
  • Acrylic paint
  • Black marker


Cut romaine lettuce heads large enough for little hands to grip well.

Squirt paint onto paper plates and demonstrate pressing the lettuce bottoms into the paint and then stamping onto the paper. Stamp once or a ten times … let your little one take the lead!

Allow each paint printing to dry and then add flower stems if you choose.

Lettuce Bottom Painting Project
Lettuce Bottom Painting Project

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