Felt pen inks

Our house is often like a felt-pen graveyard (in spite of persistant nagging)!

Felt pen watercolours

If you too are the owner of many a dried-up, squished-nib pen then worry not, simply chuck them in a pot of water overnight and make some really lovely liquid inks. (Use about 50ml of water for every felt pen).

Felt pen watercolours

I’m still trying to figure out what to make with all the plastic cases…ideas on a postcard please!

Felt pen watercolours

BTW….I’ve seen this idea before of the web, but can’t find the original source. If you know then please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the bottom of this post.

This idea origionally came from an article at childcentralstation – go check it out!

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Sorry things are still a bit quiet around here…another month and I will be posting more regularly again.


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  1. This post has some really cute ideas of things to make from empty markers ;)


  2. Kate #

    Thanks Elizabeth…I knew I’d seen it somewhere!

  3. That’s exactly what I wanted to do in order to get some colored water to dye the modeling dough. But, weirdly enough (and thank God for that, though, because I have white walls) I don’t have any felt pens in the house.

  4. You can thread the plastic cases and make a summer curtain.

  5. Great interview, Kate. I always enjoy your pins.

  6. Wonderful. Love how deep that colour is but so clear, not chalky like some paints.

  7. Oh thank-you, thank-you, thank-you! We go through sooooo many dried out, busted up markers at the daycare and now I can repurpose them :)

  8. Kate #

    …I forgot to mention that this works even better if you take the inserts out of the plastic tube :)

  9. I’ve seen this before, but your pictures are always SOOO PRETTTTTY. No drugs needed.

  10. jo #

    how fantastic! thanks for the ideas- found you via pinterest (the devil website) and glad i did

  11. J’adore vos idées je suis dans le même esprit et j’ai fait ceci avec les tubes des feutres( voir blog marcellou ) (désolé j’ai un anglais HOriBLe..)

  12. Kate #

    Hi Marcellou…thanks for the comment…thank goodness for google translate! My french horrible too!

    Jo – yep the devils website indeed…many a wasted hour…haha! :)

  13. I absolutely loooove your blog! Thaaaaank you for such inspiration. I’ve been pinning your DIY projects, but now I am following you! I am sooo addicted to pinterest…

  14. Sara Butler #

    With the empty cases, you could let the kids string them to make necklaces

  15. Lisa #

    i like this idea for liquid watercolors. You can also pull out the middle of them and put the tip and the middle in a bottle of white glue and make colored glue!

  16. I’ve put the inserts in glue before to color it as well. :)

  17. Very good idea – and your pictures are always so beautiful !

  18. Kate #

    Thanks for the glue tips! Will give it a blast x

  19. Update: set this out for the children on Thursday and they looooooved it! They were also amazed to know/see what the inside of a marker looked like. I will post their pic’s on my site and add a link to yours. Thanks again for the brilliant idea:)

  20. Kate #

    Hey CaRoLiNe…so pleased to hear it went well….looking fwd to seeing the pictures x

  21. Laura #

    Great idea! I’ve found that the empty tubes make marvelous jump rope beads!

  22. Valeria #

    After some months I’ve come back to try the felt pen inks. And I thougth this idea for the empty tubes could also be fun. Hope so.


  23. I don’t have an idea for the long cases but I save our lids to add to our play dough tools. We have loads now and they get used as spikes, arms, legs etc. I made inks in the summer which we froze and mixed in bowls (whilst painting with them too). The colours are lovely and intense and my children had brightly coloured fingers at the end of it!

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