Dried Markers to Water Colors!

With birthdays come presents and sometimes the unexpected happens. Among D's presents was a big packet of 46 markers. The very next day D was ready to make some drawings and color with his new markers.. unfortunately we found all 46 of them dry. Pinterest to the rescue! 

1.Grab some small containers.. I seem to have an abundance of baby food jars..
2. Fill containers halfway with water
3. Place markers
4. Wait for the water to change color. We waited until the next day.
5. Paint!

In all honesty I like these even better than actual water colors. Usually keeps dipping his brush in the water and never seems to get enough paint.. here it is a perfect balance of paint and water. : )

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  1. This is such a good idea! I never thought of this myself!

  2. Nice watercolor art
    I use an old metal baking dish to put the jars of water in to make it easier to move them, and not turn them over.

  3. Anonymous8/25/2014

    OOH great idea!!! God knows we always have dried out markers laying around lol

  4. Very smart! I love Pinterest for all its neat ideas.

    1. thanks.. yes, gotta love pinterest

  5. Anonymous8/25/2014

    At my age, I still get excited for markers, crayons, pencil crayons, etc! It's so much fun to decorate w/ them & add ur personal touch. Thank u for sharing this!

  6. What a great way to save the markers!

  7. Now that is a creative solution, I would have tossed them!!! You win!

  8. What a clever way to make the most of those markers. xx


  9. That's a great idea. The colors are dark enough to see them but it probably dried a little faster and cleaner since it was just water. Thanks for sharing.

  10. That's an great idea - and I love how colorful it all turned out. Definitely going to keep this in mind for the future. Of course I just threw out a ton of markers that the kids left uncapped.

  11. What a great idea! I clean out boxes of dried markers at the end of each school year. This would be fun to do...even as an end of year activity.

  12. How clever! I would have tossed them!
    Happy Wednesday, Hena!

  13. That's awesome and creative!

    - Christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

  14. Markers always dry out, I remember that woe as a child! This is a great alternative though.

    Corinne x

  15. Happy Birthday to D! That's too bad the markers were dry, glad you could make a positive out of it!

  16. Oh that's such a good idea! Never knew you could use dry markers like this.

  17. Yay for upcycling. I love art supplies.

  18. What a great tip!!

  19. great idea, I didn't know that. We have some dried up markers, guess I'll be keeping them so we can get more use out of it!

  20. I've never heard of this before what a great tip for dried out markers!!!

  21. What a great idea, we have plenty of dry markers to try out this, thank you!


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