I’m all about reducing, reusing and recycling, and today I’m sharing how you can upcycle something that practically every household has. Keep on reading to learn how you can recycle old markers into diy watercolor paint.
My kindergarten class brings in a TON of supplies. Many things I don’t ask for and didn’t really want – like markers. But the kids love them, so they use them in the Art center. As with every other supply, the students never take care of them the way they should. So of course, I end up with a zillion dried out useless markers.
Not any more! Ok, they still end up dried out, but now at least they aren’t useless! Now you can make your own watercolor paint!
Grab the supplies below to make this easy diy watercolor paint.
- cups (plastic and disposible)
- dried out markers grouped by color
- water tight container for storage
Making this diy watercolor paint is super easy too. Just follow these simple directons below, and you’ll have some made in no time at all!
Step 1: you sort your markers by color. I used 6-8 of each color – the rule is the more markers the deeper the color turns out. For example, I didn’t have as many reds – so my red is more pink.
Step 2: you uncap your markers and put them tip down in a cup. Again, one cup for each color.
Step 3: add water and let sit all day or over night.
Step 4: remove markers and pour liquid into an air-tight container. It will keep for a good while!
Step 5: get creative! You can use a paint brush and paper just like the store bought kind. You can use it to dye paper or maybe yarn?
I used mine to dye these adorable coffee filter flowers for a school bulletin board!