Face Painting Ideas for the Summer

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Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
Face painting is a great activity for summer celebrations. (Hoby Finn/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Face painting is no longer reserved for rabid sports fans. The art is a favourite for children's parties and other celebrations. Summer is an ideal time for face painting. Family vacations, trips to the ballpark, fairs and festivals are all opportunities for some playful face decorating. The joy of face painting can be contagious -- adults may want that colourful summer symbol on their cheeks, too.


Look to nature for face painting models. Summer is synonymous with many animals, insects and flowers suitable to all children. Butterflies and lady birds work as cheek or full-face paintings on girls. Bumble bees and frogs are fitting for both boys and girls. Daisies and sunflowers conjure the thought of summer. Paint them as single buds or in bunches. The sun and rainbows are cheerful reminders of the season and translate well as face paintings.

Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
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Baseball, tennis and soccer, all generally considered summer sports, are apt face painting subjects for the season. A simple ball works on the cheek or full face. Add more detail with a soccer goal, tennis net or baseball diamond. Create a scene with several sports-themed items painted on different parts of the face. Even football, hockey and basketball are appropriate for summer face painting, as kids play various sports just for fun during the season.

Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
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Between barbecues, picnics and luaus, summer is full of traditional foods. A watermelon slice is a colourful option. Hamburgers and hot dogs are classic summer fare that work well on cheeks. Lemons and lemonade are refreshing face painting choices. Fruits like pineapple remind people of tropical summer getaways. Paint a picnic scene complete with checkered blanket, basket and ants.

Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
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Patriotic Symbols

Memorial Day, flag day and the 4th of July make summer a patriotic season. For any of these celebrations, paint a flag or red, white and blue stars on the cheek or as a full-face rendering. At Independence Day celebrations, paint fireworks or "USA" in patriotic colours. The Liberty Bell and Statue of Liberty are also fitting 4th of July symbols.

Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
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Beach Items

Few places bring to mind summer like the beach. Paint flip flops or a bikini on a girl's cheek. Surfboards, beach towels and beach balls are colourful designs suitable for anyone. Sailboats and ocean waves are peaceful summer sights. Palm trees or an island surrounded by water put people in a tropical state of mind. Flippers, sunglasses and sea shells all work for face painting.

Face Painting Ideas for the Summer
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