Category Archives: Coloring Page Crafts

Coloring Book Fabric Takes Adult Coloring to the Next Level

coloring book fabricsDid you know you can order custom fabric from Zazzle? This means you can create coloring book fabric, then use it to make a makeup bag, tote bag, or whatever else your heart desires. Your finished project can be colored with fabric markers for a totally customized look. Damask Love has the details.

How awesome is this? I don’t sew myself, but I’d love to receive something made from coloring book fabric as a gift.

Hosting a Color and Sip Party

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Paint and sip parties are super popular right now, but they’re a little hard to pull off in the privacy of your own home. Instead, why not try a color and sip party? This is the perfect way to introduce your friends to your adult coloring obsession while providing an opportunity for everyone to catch up with each other.

Getting Ready

Colorful paper lanterns are the perfect decor choice for this type of celebration, especially since they’re easy to fold up and reuse again after your event is over. Amazon has a multicolored six pack of lanterns for just over $10, but you should be able to find some pretty much wherever party supplies are sold.

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For quick and easy DIY decor, try folding some of your old coloring pages into festive origami flowers. The design featured below is fairly easy to complete, even if you have no previous origami experience. Our Turn Coloring Pages Into Festive Origami Flowers article has the details.

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Origami cranes made from old coloring pages are another cute and quick DIY decor idea. Our Turn Your Favorite Coloring Page Into an Origami Crane article explains.

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If you have a little more time, I’m loving this colored pencil flower in a paint bucket craft. This would be the perfect way to use up pencils you purchased for your coloring but didn’t like. Or, you could simply head over to your local dollar store and buy the cheapest brand you can find since you’re not actually going to be coloring with them. Get the instructions at Sew a Fine Seam.

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Of course, you’ll need a stylish way to display your supplies for the event. Organizing your colored pencils, gel pens, or markers by color in mason jars placed inside a narrow tray is simple yet effective. Photo courtesy of A Well Appointed Desk.

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Another thing I like to do to set the mood when I’m having guests over is diffuse essential oils. Lavender is my personal favorite, but you can learn more about other stress relieving picks in our Using Aromatherapy to Enhance Your Adult Coloring Experience article.

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As far as adult coloring books go, I’d suggest sticking to simpler designs that won’t take hours to complete since your guests will be talking as they’re coloring. Note cards are perfect for a color and sip party due to their smaller size. I like Don’t Quit Your Daydream, but there are lots of others out there to choose from.

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If you’re on a tight budget and don’t already have a big collection of books to share, the free printable coloring book from The Togetherness Project is sure to please.

Free Coloring Book from The Togetherness Project

Wine & Cheese

Keep your wine glasses separate with these stylish and colorful Swarovski crystal magnetic wine charms available via Amazon. They’re perfect for use with stemless wine glasses and don’t clank or dangle when you take a drink.

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Another fun idea would be to skip the wine charms and let your guests doodle on their glasses using these wine markers. The set comes with four different metallic colors you can use to write directly on your glasses and the ink easily washes off with soap and water.

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Since your main focus is coloring, you don’t need to serve much in the way of food. However, a good cheese board is always appreciated. Learn how to make yours look picture perfect with the tips at Style Me Pretty. Real Simple also has some helpful ideas in their ‘Plan a Cheese Party’ slideshow.

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Send Your Guests Home with a Special Treat

Who says goodie bags are just for kids? Send your guests home with some of your favorite free printable coloring pages in a pretty folder. If you want to be super generous, throw in this lovely no-sew pencil holder.  Small + Friendly shows you how to make it.

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Another good idea would be to create your own pencil pouches using coloring pages, duct tape, and Ziploc bags. Our Use Your Favorite Coloring Pages to Make Cute Custom Storage Pouches article explains how.

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No time to make party favors? Amazon has several cute yet affordable pencil pouches and cases. The purple vintage style roll-up case pictured below is just $2. It would be perfect for stashing a small collection of on-the-go coloring supplies.

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These 3D Flower Coloring Pages Are Amazing

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The coloring pages from Easy Peasy and Fun are an innovative take on the adult coloring trend. Print your page, add color, then cut and assemble your flower. Your finished 3D paper flowers would be gorgeous gift toppers or accents for handmade cards and scrapbook pages. (If you’re not in the mood to color or you need a little inspiration, there’s a pre-colored version in the printable to help you get started.)

Create Your Own Coloring Book Table

Ever wish you could decorate your entire house with your favorite coloring book pages? Well, the crafty genius better known as Mark Montano has come up with a fabulous DIY table makeover that uses pages from an adult coloring book.  He uses a decoupage medium to make the table, but you could use dry erase paint to make a table that could be colored over and over again using your favorite dry erase markers.

Turn Coloring Pages into Pretty Origami Flowers

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If you’re looking for something to do with your old coloring pages, this origami flower design is a fabulous choice. The flower works best with circular patterns like mandalas, since the center of the design will be the center of the folded flower. Thinner paper using colored pencils or gel pens is ideal. Thicker paper is hard to fold and the bleed through on markers will show when your flower is folded.

You can find the full instructions for this project in a tutorial I created for Wonderful DIY.

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Frame Your Finished Coloring Pages as Wall Art

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Are your walls look a little drab? If so, why not try framing some of your favorite coloring pages to use as wall art? This framed picture above is currently hanging in my hallway. It’s a page from The Togetherness Project’s free coloring book, mounted on three different sheets of scrapbook paper and placed in a 12 x 12 frame. To finish the design, I added a modular origami star using glue dots to attach it to the glass. (If you want to learn how to make the origami star, I have a detailed tutorial over at About Origami.)

 

Turning Adult Coloring Books Into Mixed Media Art Journals

If you are interested in painting, sketching, collage, and other forms of mixed media art, this video has a wonderful suggestion for how to enhance your adult coloring experience. Instead of simply coloring each page individually, turn the entire book into a pretty mixed media art journal! This project is one I’m hoping to try after the craziness of the holiday season is over.

Turn Coloring Pages into Tiny Envelopes

envelopeAre you struggling to figure out what to do with all your colored creations? Here’s an easy way to turn your pages into tiny envelopes for gift cards or special notes.

Supplies

  • Coloring sheet
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sticker (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cut a large heart shape from your paper. The larger the heart, the larger your envelope will be.  As an example, a heart cut from an entire 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper will give you an envelope that measures roughly 6″ x 2 1/2″.
  2. Place the heart in front of you with the pointed end at the top of your work surface.
  3. Fold the left and right sides in so they are halfway to the vertical middle point of the heart.
  4. Fold the bottom up so the edges of the two bumps of your original heart shape are flush with the top of the folds you made in step 3.
  5. Fold the pointed end of your heart down, using glue along the edges to seal the envelope.
  6. Add your item to the inside of the envelope, then fold the top pointed part of your heart down. You can either use a sticker to seal your envelope or glue it shut with your glue stick.

[Envelope in the photo is made from a colored sheet from the free Lilt Kids Whimsical Flowers Floral Designs and Patterns Coloring Book.]

Turn Your Favorite Coloring Page into a Pretty Origami Crane

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Are you drowning in stacks of finished coloring pages? Consider turning some of your favorites into pretty origami cranes. Cranes are well recognized as symbols of peace and love, making them the perfect vehicle for displaying your artwork.

To begin, you’ll need to cut your finished coloring sheet into a square. The exact size doesn’t matter, but larger squares are generally easier to work with for a novice paper folder. Personally, I like to work with 6 inch or 8 inch squares.

Once you’ve prepared your paper, here’s what you need to do next:

Step 1: Create a bird bird base. A bird base is a square base plus two petal folds.

1A: To make a square base, fold the paper in half diagonally so it forms a triangle. Unfold. Flip the paper over. Fold in half horizontally. Unfold. Fold in half vertically. Unfold. Notice that the diagonal crease appears to rise up from the page, while the vertical and horizontal creases seems to sink backwards. The diagonal creases are mountain folds. The vertical and horizontal creases are valley folds. Flip your paper over and turn it toward you in a diamond shape. Flatten the paper to complete your square base, using the creases made in the previous steps as a guide. Your square base is now complete.

1B: To turn your square base into a bird base, fold the top left and right triangle flaps of your square base in to meet the center crease. Unfold. Fold the top of the model down so you have a horizontal crease connecting the creases you’ve just made. Unfold. Open the upper flap, pressing the sides of the model inwards at the same time. Flatten the paper into a tall, thin diamond shape. Flip the paper over and repeat on the reverse side to finish the bird base form. (The photo for Step 1 in the diagram below shows your completed bird base.)

Step 2: Fold top left and right sides into the center crease. Turn your origami crane over, then repeat this step on the other side.

Step 3: Fold both “legs” of your origami crane up and out.

Step 4: Unfold the crane’s legs, then inside reverse fold the creases by opening the model a bit and bringing the top point down so the mountain folded edge becomes a valley folded edge. Fold the wings down to complete your origami crane.

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