How to Make DIY Scratch Art For Kids

March 24, 2020 5 Comments
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Making your own DIY scratch art for kids is actually surprisingly simple to do, and requires only basic art and craft supplies.

It is also one of the activities on my FREE open ended craft challenge for kids “50 Craft’s to Try Before You’re 10“. If you are interested in joining in, then there is a sign up form at the end of the post.

Scratch art is nothing new. I remember doing it as a kid myself, and kits and books of scratch art for children are still readuily available. However, like lots of other things, I thought it would be fun to make our own.

This is a simple craft that even young kids can manage with very little parental intervention. Just word to the wise, aprons and protective table coverings are a must, the black stuff does seem to get everywhere!

So, if you would like to see how we created our DIY Scratch Art, then read on or pin it for later!

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What You Will Need

  • Paper
  • Wax crayons
  • Black poster paint
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Sponge or brush
  • Sharp skewer

How You Make Your DIY Scratch Art

1.First you need to colour in your priece of paper with wax crayons. This can be in a random pattern or more organised, but make it as colourful as possible and try to cover most of the piece of paper with crayons.

Oliver colouring in his background with crayons

2. Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with some black poster paint. Paint this on to your coloured in piece of paper using a brush or sponge applicator. Apply it in a thick coat and allow to dry. You can add a second coat when it’s dry if needed. We just added one coat.

Painting the black paint mix over the sheet of paper that has been coloured in with crayons
Oliver enjoyed painting on the black paint mixture, anything to get messy!

3. When it is completeley dry you are ready to scratch your drawing. We used a pointed bamboo stick, but you could also use a thumb tack or anything else you have thats pointed. Watch little fingers with this step!

Young boy using a wooden skewer to create his scratch art
Oliver decided to do some scratch art of some popcorn
Isla decided to do lost of smaller drawings on her scratch art sheet

That’s it! Let the kids imagination run wild and see what scratch art pictures they can create. Here are ours:

Oliver's finished scratch art
Oliver’s finished scratch art picture
Isla’s finished scratch art
My attempt at some scratch art

As I mentioned earlier, this is one of the activities in our open ended challenge “50 Crafts to Try Before You’re 10”, if you would like to join in then simply pop your details in below.

So what do you think of our DIY scratch art? Have you tried making your own scratch art before?

Kerry x


  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy March 28, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    This is great, I would never had thought of it#kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

  • Lauretta Wright March 28, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    What a great idea Kerry – I’ve pinned this and shared for others to see. It’s wonderful to see so many ideas and inspiration coming from people as we are all stuck at home isn’t it? Keep up the great work – and the positive vibes! x

  • Naomi Oikonomou March 28, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Oh I used to love doing these as a kid, I’llhave to give it a go with my pair! #kidsandkreativity

  • Hannah April 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    This is so cool – what a fab idea! 🙂 x

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) April 10, 2020 at 7:34 pm

    Oh what a brilliant idea. I remember doing this as a child but have never thought to try this with Sophie. Definitely one to add to our list of things to do – she would love it. #KidsandKreativity

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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