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13 Easy Watercolour Paint and Dye Crafts

Whether you're upcycling well-loved items or creating something new, everything's better with lots of colour. We’ve rounded-up 13 stunning watercolour-effect projects that are sure to delight every reader. So whether you’re into homewares, accessories or party décor, there’s certainly a crafty project here for you!

13 Easy Watercolour Paint and Dye Crafts

1. Watercolour Clock

You can easily transform an ordinary wall clock into a gorgeous piece of art with just some paper and watercolours, such as the Creativ Colortime Paint Set (449091). Simply disassemble the clock, trace around the face on watercolour paper, paint using your favourite colours, then reassemble again with your beautifully painted circle.

[image source: shelterness.com/trendy-and-quick-diy-watercolor-clock]

2. Paint Dipped Napkins

Perfect for summery parties and get-togethers, these charming napkins take under an hour to dye and dry. Plus, If you use a textile paint or medium, then they should keep their colour even after being washed. Have a go at mixing hues or try creating one in every colour.

[image source: papernstitchblog.com/diy-to-try-how-to-make-colorful-watercolor-napkins-for-a-summer-dinner-party]

3. Watercolour Basket

You can give ordinary, everyday items like a laundry basket a whole new lease of life with a pretty coat of paint. To achieve a watercolour look, add a tiny bit of water to regular craft paint – since actual watercolour paint won't show up – and add some brush strokes in a choice decorative spot.

[image source: clubcrafted.com/diy-watercolor-basket-makeover]

4. Tie-dye Tote Bag

Popularised in the ‘60s, the super fun craft of tie-dye is making a resurgence, and it's no wonder why! Each piece is unique, with slight variations in patterns and colours, so you can get really creative mixing dyes like our 100ml Fabric Dyes0(479063).

[image source: dormify.com/products/tie-dye-initial-tote]

5. Ombré Hammock

With fun rope and yarn projects, you can create gorgeous colour-changing pieces by using a variegated yarn or – in the case of this hammock – dying the finished product. Just make sure to work on a tarp outside, where you have a lot of space and easy access to a hose.

[image source: studiodiy.com/diy-rainbow-tie-dye-hammock]

6. Paint Drip Mugs

Decorating with dripping paint is lots of fun and something the kids will love to get involved in. To achieve a perfect drip every time, try drawing the outline in a masking fluid before painting. Then, add a good sealant to finish, so it's safe to drink from.

[image source: zazzle.com/mypride365_rainbow_paint_drip_mug-168149028695262493]

7. Watercolour Garland

Colourful painted bits of paper also make for great party garlands. For easy bulk cutting, use a ScanNCut or nesting die like Hunkydory Straight Edge Heart Dies (488724), and get chopping. Then, simply use a length of string to hang them up.

[image source: bkids.typepad.com/bookhoucraftprojects/2015/01/project-179-watercolour-hearts-garland-for-valentines-day.html]

8. Watercolour Sentiments

With a clever masking tool like Tonic Studios Nuvo Masking Fluid (469211), you can easily create interesting works of art. Have a go at writing an inspirational message or personalised sentiment. Then, once dry, paint over it in pretty watercolours. The writing will form an impressive cutout.

[image source: abeautifulmess.com/watercolor-phrase-art-diy]

9. Rainbow Backdrop

Perfect for a fun work area, party buffet table or decorative feature wall, this collage is easy to make and great for using up scrap pieces of paper. Simply cover the paper in different hues, cut into uniform size squares and piece together on the wall or backdrop of your choice.

[image source: ohhappyday.com/2016/04/diy-watercolor-paper-squares-backdrop]

10. Bookmarks

If you’re a crafty bookworm, then this lovely project will be right up your street! Siobhan Ferguson has put together a handy tutorial to make your own here – give it a go yourself and create something bold and beautiful to stick between the pages of your current read.

[link: blog.createandcraft.tv/bookmark-ideas-to-make-watercolour]

11. Paper Feather Toppers

While these pretty toppers aren't actual feathers, they make appealing additions to the tops of pens, pencils and even paintbrushes. For ease, make sure to colour the feather design before cutting it out, so that you're not stuck painting small fiddly bits.

[image source: craftberrybush.com/2015/02/anthropologie-inspired-watercolor-feather-pen.html]

12. Tie-dye Top

Since it's a true tie-dye classic, there are a number of tutorials online on how to create interesting patterns on a t-shirt. Have a browse and see if any speak to you, or you can opt for a random design completely unique to you instead.

[image source: urbanoutfitters.com/shop/project-social-t-oversized-tie-dye-tee]

13. Marbled Coasters

In a method similar to tie-dye, marbling is a great craft for creating colourful pieces. Simply pick up a pack like our Marbling 4 Fun Iridescent Rainbow Paint Kit (553122), and colour any dull homeware that needs a pick-me-up. These coasters are just asking to be shown off at your next gathering.

[image source: akailochiclife.com/2018/04/diy-alcohol-ink-marbled-leather-coasters.html]