Cool Off With 5 Watercolor-Inspired DIY Projects

Embrace the flowy, unpredictable look of watercolor with these 5 chic and simple DIY watercolor projects.
By: Liz Gray
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Watercolor is a cool, organic technique that's the perfect antidote to summer’s oppressive heat. It’s also a great technique to experiment with…in the comfort of air conditioning, of course. Here are five DIY projects that embrace the flowy, unpredictable look.

Watercolor Floral Plates



These stunning plates may look like something you’d buy at that expensive, boho-chic store we all love, but trust me, you can totally do this! With plain white plates, some brightly-colored porcelain paints and a few simple techniques, it’s easy to create your own custom set.

Make This: Watercolor Plates

Sharpie-Dyed Watercolor Pillows



This project is too cool not to try. As Marianne demonstrated in an HGTV Crafternoon episode, you can easily create a watercolor effect on a cotton pillow cover using nothing more than colorful permanent markers and a spray bottle of alcohol. 

Sharpie Tie-Dyed Pillowcase 03:13

Marianne shows how to make a tie-dyed-effect pillowcase using Sharpie pens.

Nail Polish-Marbled Votives



Marbling — mixing several colors of paint on top of water before dipping an object — creates a similar flowy effect. This technique can be used on paper or fabric, but one of the simplest ways to experiment? Nail polish! Choose the colors of your choice and see how simple it is to customize plain glass votives for your next party.

Watercolor Note Cards



Bring the look of blooming summer flowers inside with beautiful watercolor paintings to use as wall art or greeting cards. These step-by-step instructions make it simple to create professional-looking results.

Custom Watercolor Party Decor

Watercolor Party Supplies

Watercolor Party Supplies

Photo by: Liz Gray ©Copyright 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Liz Gray, Copyright 2014, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

This is my favorite project of the bunch: Marianne started these fun party decorations by painting one herringbone design. Then, she scanned and printed the design to create one fun, cohesive set of party decor — all while doing the work just once.

Watercolor Party Decorations 03:25

Marianne shows how to make pretty DIY watercolor party decorations.
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