Kids have an amazing ability to burn through art supplies at lightning speeds. Before rushing out to the store to buy more, why not make them at home? It's easier than you think, and your kids will probably find them as fun to make as they are to use. Here are 12 of my favorite recipes for homemade art supplies to get you started.
This is roundup by Rachel Faucett, a designer and vintage scout for all things children, sharing her latest finds on her blog handmade charlotte. She lives on a farm just outside of Atlanta with her husband and their five children (and ever-changing menagerie of animals).
Homemade Pavement Chalk - Unlike the numerous recipes for sidewalk paint, this recipe produces actual sidewalk chalk. A perfect excuse to get your kids to go outside and create!
Homemade Playdough - There are plenty of recipes on the Internet for play dough – what makes this one unique are the natural ingredients used to add color. Raspberries, rose petals, blueberries... all things you can feel good about sharing with your child.
Bubble Mix - This recipe ensures you'll never have to worry about running out of bubbles again. Yay!
Homemade Watercolor Paint - With this recipe, you'll never again have to worry about your kids mixing up the colors. Simply make another batch!
Bubble Bath Paint - This recipe cures the biggest problem with bath paints–there's never enough!
DIY Puffy Paint - Now your kids can enjoy the hypnotic powers of puffy paint whenever they wish.
Homemade Glue - If you've ever tried to make something out of paper mache before, you know how quickly the glue runs out. With this recipe in hand, you can simply whip up another batch.
Baking Soda Clay - This recipe will create a surprisingly good batch of modeling clay.
Moon Sand - If you've ever been to a children's museum before, chance are you've come across "moon sand." It's mouldable like wet sand but never dries out.
Edible Finger Paint - Why buy it at the store when you can make it at home? Whip up a batch whenever inspiration strikes.
Shaving Cream Bath Paint - Your kids will love covering the bathtub walls with this stuff, you'll love how easily it wipes off.
Silly Paint Brushes - Make your own paint brushes at home with this tutorial from children's book author & illustrator Eric Carle.