35 Homemade Art Materials Kids Can Make

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35 Homemade Art Materials Kids Can Make

We love mixing up homemade art materials in our house. By making the materials first, we add another whole dimension to our arts and crafts activities. I’ve noticed that kids have just as much fun making them as using them. And, of course, homemade is a frugal and often environmentally friendly alternative to many commercial art materials.

With that in mind, I put together this roundup of 35 homemade art materials that kids can make (or help make) that encompasses everything from glitter paint to DIY stamps, feelie goop to salt dough. Some are from The Artful Parent and many are from around the web. Enjoy!

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Paint Recipes

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Playdough Recipes

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Other Fun Dough Recipes

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Goops and Gaks

  • Gak (also known as Flubber) on The Artful Parent
  • Feelie Goop (also known as Oobleck) on The Artful Parent

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Mod Podge

Homemade Glue Recipes

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Crayons and Chalk

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Stamps and Stickers

Homemade Art Materials for Kids

Homemade Beads

That’s the end of my roundup, but I’m sure there are some other great homemade art materials posts out there. If you know of a good one (yours or someone else’s) please feel free to share in the comments!

How about you? Do you make your own art materials, either once in a while or regularly? Do you have a favorite?

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  1. says

    Love this! I will have to pin this so I can find it easily for reference. Question about the playdoh that perhaps someone can answer… I’ve made homemade playdoh before and it got moldy. :/ Anybody know of a reason why and how to prevent it?

  2. says

    The cooked playdough we make lasts forever. Well months and months anyway. And at room temperature, too. Uncooked playdough often needs to be refrigerated and won’t last quite as long. Also, there are just so many different playdough recipes out there, that it probably depends on the recipe.
    We’ve had good longevity with both of the playdough recipes I posted above (that are from my blog). We’ve made the peanut butter playdough a few times as well, but that gets eaten so quickly. :) We still haven’t tried the Kool-Aid playdough, but I keep meaning to!

  3. says

    Always full of IDEAS! Love the inspiration. Summer workshop with my 6 yr old will be very creative and productive at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Crystal Nuckols says

    My kids have been driving me a little batty lately, but with all these new ideas (edible peanut butter play dough!?!?), I’m excited about them learning and not trying to pester each other!
    Thank you for taking the time to put together such an extensive list of things I can use to give us some FUN time together again!