How to Make your Own Paint Brush for Kids Art

Are you looking for ways to add some excitement to your art center?  Why not make your own paint brush.  Experimenting with different materials and methods for making paintbrushes is a great STEAM activity for young kids.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Here are some ideas for DIY paintbrushes to get you started.

Make Paint Brushes from Nature

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

The variety of DIY paintbrushes that you can make from natural materials for your preschool art activities is endless.  Let your kids help you come up with some ideas.

Sticks, Straw, herbs or Grass

Bundle some natural materials together with a rubber band or tape and dip them into the paint.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Tree Branches

Evergreen trees are an excellent choice for paint brushes, but you experiment with other tree branches.  I attached this evergreen sprig to a small dowel to protect our fingers from the pokey branches.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Flowers

A single flower or a bundle of them will create some exciting designs

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Feathers

I recommend that you use feathers from a craft store instead of feathers that you find in the yard.  You can purchase feathers that have a more natural appearance, but the brightly colored ones are fun to use as well.    Painting with feathers is one of my favorite techniques.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Make Paint Brushes from Craft Supplies

You can stick a variety of things to a small dowel rod or to a pencil to create an interesting paintbrush.  Good masking tape or thin duct tape works well to attach the materials.

Straws

Bendy straws work the best for making paint brushes.  Cut them off and attach them to a dowel.  Kids can bend them in all different directions before they start painting.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Yarn

Experiment with different lengths of yarn, different quantities of strands, and yarn of different varieties.  Long pieces of yarn attached to a stick created some of my favorite effects with the paint.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Ribbon & Bubble Wrap

There are soooo many different varieties of ribbons out there.  Try out some thin ribbon, mesh ribbon, curling ribbon, wired ribbon, wide, and thin ribbon.

Here, we used the plastic lacing ribbon that used for beaded necklaces.  Plus, we tried out some bubble wrap too.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Strips of Fabric or Craft Foam

You can experiment with strips of fleece, denim, cotton, tulle, felt, etc.  Craft foam is a little bit more resistant than fabric or ribbon, but it creates some nice effects.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Pipe Cleaners

Here is another fun and flexible material that you can use.  Experiment with the length of the pipe cleaners and with how you bend them (swirls vs zigzags etc.)

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Wire & Plastic Tablecloths

Like pipe cleaners, you may be able to bend wire for different effects.  How do the strokes from a wire paintbrush look different than the strokes from a pipe cleaner paintbrush?

Try out some plastic from your recycling bin or cut strips from a plastic table cloth.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Silk Flowers

Much like real flowers, you can make paintbrushes with silk flowers as well.

Rubber Bands

Of all of the homemade paintbrushes that we tried, my favorite is the rubberband paintbrush.  So Much Fun!

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Make Paint Brushes with Clothespin Clips

You can also use a clothespin clip to make paintbrushes.  The best thing about this type of brush is that it is also a great fine motor activity.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Kids can attach a clothespin clip to a small sponge and use that as a paintbrush.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

Or you can provide a variety of materials so that kids can experiment with all of them.

Learn how to make your own paint brush for kid's art. Find endless ways to make DIY paintbrushes for preschool art at home or in school. Homemade paintbrushes are great for winter, spring, summer and fall open-ended and process art activities. These projects are an easy way to experiment with art supplies and are a fun way to work on STEAM or STEM activities. Perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten art activities. From feathers to string to clothespins ..... so many different ideas.

What Kind of Paint Brush Are You Going to Make?

I hope that I gave you a little bit of creative inspiration and encouraged you to try out some fun homemade paint brushes with your kids.  Let me know which type is your favorite.

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