One of the busiest posts on this blog is from 2010. It is still by far my most popular post, where I first talked about re-using dried out markers. At that point, I really had no idea that this idea was not so well known! We have been up cycling our markers for…. well… over a decade now!
The process for making your own liquid Watercolors has not changed. Basically, you collect the markers that have dried out (I like to have a container available for each color) and put them in water. In the beginning… I would just put the whole marker in the water, but after awhile I decide to take them apart. (It was easier for storage… and quite simple to do with needle nosed pliers). Initially, I would also use jars… like this:
Now, instead of glass jars, I use plastic condiment bottles. Additionally, I don’t tend to wait for a pile of markers to pull them apart. Whenever a marker no longer works, it is disassembled and the inserts are added to the appropriate bottle and stored for easy use!
We use our DIY liquid Watercolors a lot! We use them for a lot of different variations of painting, in our playdough, and basically any play recipe that calls for coloring that will not be eaten! Here are a couple of photos from the last week where were used them:
Curious about the original post? You can find all 3 of my posts about reusing markers here: