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How to make your own scratch paper


I love sharing the crafts I enjoyed as a child with my own children. I’ve seen plenty of scratch art kits around but nothing beats making your own from scratch – sorry, couldn’t resist.


Equipment needed to make your own scratch paper
Wax crayons
Black acrylic paint
Washing up liquid

How to make your own scratch paper

Cover your sheet of card with the crayon. You can do this anyway you like. My 5 year old carefully coloured small squares of colour, my 3 year old was less structured and demanded I finish it off for her.

how to make scratch paper

Mix the black acrylic paint with some washing up liquid. Now comes the fun part.

make your own scratch art

Sponge the mixture over the wax crayon so it is completely covered.

how to make scratch paper

Leave to dry. then you are ready to scratch off the black to reveal the colourful crayon underneath.

make your own firework scratch art

We made a firework picture with ours but this could also be fun for a New Year craft or to make birthday cards too.


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    October 26, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I used to LOVE doing this as a kid and in fact as part of a college art project I did it, but printed photos and scratched over those instead 🙂 I run a Brownie group and I think this would be a great autumnal activity!

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    Olivia Jade Thristan
    October 26, 2015 at 10:47 am

    This is super cool, I have never thought of making scratch paper before, but I think you’re right it does make amaaaazing cards!

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