I don't know about all of you, but we tend to go through our markers really fast. Either they dry out from all the coloring or lids get left off. Usually they get thrown in the trash, but here is a way to recycle and reuse them for a fun new craft!
My boys have been really into painting lately, so this was perfect free craft to do with them. There are also a couple different ways you can use the paints.
-Old washable markers, sorted by color
We made 5 different colors, using 2-3 markers for each color. Start by removing the plastic ends of the markers by using a pair of pliers. Place the insides of the markers in plastic cups, sorting each color in a different cup. Then add 2-3 TBS of water to each cup. Let the markers sit in the water for about 10 minutes and you'll have new water colors ready to use! You can use them as they are by simply placing a brush in each cup or read below for another creative way to use the liquid paint. The colors go onto the paper really nicely and are very vibrant in color. And another plus is that if you use washable markers, the new paint will be washable!
This is a fun and different way to paint with your little ones. We discovered this technique at the Museum for Youth is Mesa.
-Shapes or Stickers
-Liquid water color paint, homemade recipe above
-Fine glitter (optional)
Pour the liquid water color into spray bottles. Add about 1/4 cup of water to each spray bottle and 1/2 teaspoon of glitter to each bottle.
Have your child decorate a paper with stickers or just set different shapes on their paper. If using stickers, make sure they peel off easily. You could also use masking tape or rubber cement. Once they have arranged their shapes or drawing they can spray the colors on. Once dry peel the stickers, tape, or glue up.