Do you have some old textas at home that don’t work and are ready to be thrown out? STOP! Follow these easy instructions and make some watercolour paint for the kids.

We throw out so many textas at our house, I never knew that I could actually use them to make watercolour paint! So I had to share, it works amazingly well.

How to make your own watercolour paint

What you’ll need:

  • Old textas
  • Glass jars
  • Water


  1. Sort out your textas that don’t work anymore in to similar colour groups – eg, red and pink, orange and yellow.
  2. Fill jars (as many as needed) half way with water and add textas in colour groups upside down with no lids on.
  3. Leave the textas soaking in water for a week.
  4. Your paints are ready to use, pour a small amount out into ice cube trays, dilute with a few drops of water if needed.
  5. Store the leftover paint in the jars sealed tight.

What a great activity for the kids, not only do my kids love painting, I think they will enjoy watching the paint being made. I’ll definitely be making this over the school holidays with all our old textas.

Do you have some old textas lying around at home you can make paint with? SHARE your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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  • good plan. i have so many textas here that I coulf use.


  • That would certainly be watery water colours. Not much colour to them at all


  • this is a clever idea. wow i just throw these out but now they have a use! great thinking!


  • How great is that! Thank you!


  • What an awesome idea. When I think of the old textas we’ve thrown out. We still have a huge supply though. Brilliant! I love that they can be re-used.


  • Great idea !


  • I have lots of worn out textas at home . W hat a brilliant idea.


  • This is brilliant – I’ve never thought of it, a great way to recycling the old textas.
    Your comment


  • An amazing idea; I would have never thought of this and I can’t wait to give it a try!.


  • This reminds me of year 9 science a little


  • wow, what a great Idea. Can’t wait to give this a go.


  • What a great idea to get the most out of toys


  • This is so clever! And easy too!!


  • I presume you can do the same with markers. What size jar is best to use? Can they be plastic jars or do they have to be glass.


  • what a cool idea, my girls are arty types so they will love to do this. Thank you for sharing


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