Don’t throw out your used markers! Use them to make watercolor paint! I love this trick.
There is no wrong way to do this one! All you do is take your markers and put them in a small amount of water. I usually put in somewhere between 1/2 to 1 cup of water into a clear jar. And then let the markers sit! We use clear jars just so we can watch the water change color. The markers will eventually color the water, and you can use it to paint.
We let the markers sit in the paint for several hours before using the paint. The color you get will depend on how many markers of each color you use, how old and dry the markers are, and how bright you want the color. If you have many markers in the same color (for instance, if you are a teacher!), group them together and put them in water.
I first heard about this idea years ago on a visit to Crayola’s crayon factory. It’s such an easy and fun way to get more use from your old markers.
You can also add in some color mixing to the fun! Sometimes we put 2 different colored markers into the same glass of water to see what color the resulting paint is. For instance, we will put red and blue markers in water and get purple paint!
This post is part of the junk play challenge – 60 ways to reuse “junk” items!