Make your own DIY art supplies at home with your kids and have loads of fun while creating and saving extra bucks at the same time!
In this article:
- Homemade Sidewalk Chalk | DIY Art Supplies
- Recycled Crayons | DIY Art Supplies
- Homemade Finger/Body Paint | DIY Art Supplies
Fun DIY Art Supplies You Can Make at Home
Making DIY Art Supplies for Fun and Creativity
Kids and adults alike love to express themselves through the art of many forms. Perhaps, it brings their imagination to life in vast arrays of shapes, sizes, and colors.
My niece once asked me how crayons make colors? This question led to a whole new aspect of art projects and a thought to make DIY art supplies.
We decided to make the very art supplies the kids wanted to use to make art. Today I will share with you how to make your own homemade finger paints, sidewalk chalk, and recycled crayons–homemade art materials you will enjoy making
I personally like to know how to make the things I use to make art or anything for that matter. These DIY art supplies and homemade craft recipes are easy and super fun to do!
Let’s get down to it!
Homemade Sidewalk Chalk | DIY Art Supplies
Before we move on I have to give you a warning about the clean-up of this homemade art recipe. Due to the plaster of Paris, YOU CAN NOT JUST CLEAN THE SUPPLIES IN YOUR SINK.
The plaster will set and clog your drains. I will explain the clean-up further down the article.
You Will Need:
- Plaster of Paris
- Powdered Tempera Paint
- Molds For Shapes or Ice Cube Trays
- Mixing Bowl
- You will need about ¾ of a cup of water for every one cup of Plaster of Paris used. Add these two ingredients into your mixing bowl.
- When using the tempera paint you can add as much or as little as you would like. For deeper and darker colors add more and for lighter colors add less.
- Mix your ingredients together well.
- Once the mixture is ready it’s time to fill the molds or trays and level them off so that they pop out easier.
- You’ll have to leave the chalk-in-the-making somewhere to fully dry.
- You can check if it is ready by feeling the chalk or testing a piece of it. If it is still wet just give it more time.
Use a bucket to clean all of the supplies and even your hands. Once everything is clean leave the bucket alone and the plaster will sink to the bottom and set while the water will rise above it.
If it works, you can safely pour off the water, then discard the remaining mixture.
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Recycled Crayons | DIY Art Supplies
It’s about time to make proper use of all those little nubs of crayon too small to color with. This homemade art recipe can be very interesting and a great addition to your art supplies!
- Oven Safe Flexible Molds
- Baking Sheet
- Knife or Fingernails
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is preheating take this time to peel all of the paper off of the crayons using a knife or your fingernails.
- Break the crayons down into little chunks. I know this is usually not what we are told as kids so this part can be fun for the little ones, let’s say it’s like finding a way to take a bad habit and make it useful. The smaller the pieces are the faster they will melt, you can also use a knife to break them down instead of breaking them by hand.
- Rainbow crayons are favored by many kids. Here is where it gets fun, you get to mix and match your colors to create new colors or interesting designs for your crayons. Fill the molds with the crayon pieces, be sure to overfill them a little bit so that when they melt down you still end up with a full crayon.
- Place your molds onto the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, give or take a little time. You will be able to tell when they are melted and that’s when they’re ready to be removed from the oven.
- Very carefully remove the tray and allow the crayons to cool. If the little ones get antsy you can speed up the cooling time by placing the crayons in the freezer for around 20 minutes, or until the trays are cool to the touch.
- Once the crayons are fully cooled down it’s time to remove them from the molds and make art. If the crayons seem too soft give them more time to cool down.
Homemade Finger/Body Paint | DIY Art Supplies
Of the DIY art supplies here, finger and body paint is the messiest yet most fun to make homemade art recipe. Both you and kids will enjoy for sure!
You Will Need:
- 3 Tablespoons of Sugar
- ½ Teaspoon of Sea Salt
- 2 Cups of Water
- ½ Cup of Cornstarch
- Food Coloring
- A Small Saucepan
- Small Glass Jars
- Combine all of the ingredients in the saucepan on a very low heat setting. You don’t want to cook the ingredients you just want to provide enough heat to warm them until the mixture thickens.
- Allow the mixture to cool and pour the paint into your little jars, baby food jars work well. Once you have the jars filled now you can add your food coloring.
- Add more or less depending on the hues you are looking for. No matter what, have fun with it.
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These three DIY art supplies can be really fun yet educational at the same time. It goes without saying, sometimes making your own products at home is safer, and this case, art supplies.
I mean, I think it’s a really good thing to know what our kids play with, after all, since our little ones like to put things in their mouth. I hope you’ve enjoyed these craft supply recipes!
Do you plan on making these DIY art supplies? Let us know in the comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 24, 2017, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.