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Homemade Art Materials for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
July 9, 2021
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The best homemade art materials for kids art, including paint recipes, playdough, & drawing materials. Make your own art supplies for fun, economy, and more!

Updated July 2021

If you want to make art with the kids, how about whipping up some homemade art materials first?

We truly believe that oftentimes the best ones are those we make ourselves. Why? Because they are fun to make, economical, and you know exactly what’s going into them.

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

It might feel intimidating to make your own art materials, but it can actually be easy and fun. And your kids will love making them as much as using them! Here is our list of our favorite homemade art materials, some from the blog, and others from elsewhere on the internet. All are family tested and approved.

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Homemade Art Materials for Kids

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Paint Recipes to Use with Hands and Brushes 

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Photo by Andrea Martelle

Fun Paint Recipes for Squeezing or Dripping 

DIY Scratch Art
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

DIY Drawing Materials

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Photo by Rachel Withers

Homemade Playdough for Kids

Purple cloud dough with penguins
Photo by Rachel Withers

Homemade Sensory Materials

Cardboard Stamps for Printing
Photo by Joanna Walker

Make Your Own Stamps

dyed pasta for homemade art materials
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

More Homemade Art Materials for Kids’ Art

And if you’re looking for a place for of your children’s new art, here’s a DIY paper bag art portfolio to put it all in (on Art Bar Blog).

How about you? Do you make your own art materials? What supplies do you prefer to make versus buy?

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