Make a Paintbrush w/ Miss Diana

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Wait, I can still order a paintbrush on Amazon, right? But for all you DIYers out there, here is a fun activity making your own paintbrush. Check out that supplies list, she said leaves, old credit card, and foil - we're still making paintbrushes right?

This video is 2 minutes in length and is recommended for children ages 18 months to 5-years-old.

Supplies / Ingredients needed

  • Clothespins

Various Materials:

  • Cotton Ball / Pom Poms
  • Leaves
  • Yarn / Ribbon
  • Sponge
  • Fabric
  • Old Credit Card
  • Foil


  1. This simple and quick DIY will start with you and your little one going on a hunt for materials to make a brush!
    1. This can be inside or outside!
    2. Encourage your little one to think about how brushes work, and what other items can be used as a brush.
    3. It is important to allow your child to test out their ideas (if it is safe) to learn through trial and error.
    4. Will using a fork be efficient or a lego? The only way to know is to give it a try!
  2. Several materials can be used, and once they are gathered, bring out some clothespins to assemble them together.
    1. Your little one can practice using their pincer grasp and finger strength to pinch the clothespin open, then use coordination to place the brush material in the clothespin.
  3. Once the material is in the clothespin, your child can release their pinch and secure their brush!
    1. If your child needs some assistance, feel free to model and guide first offering them support, but also allow them the opportunity to try, struggle, and try again.
    2. Offering small developmental challenges that are appropriate and considerate of a child’s individual skill level provides an opportunity for problem-solving, independence, confidence, and growth!
  4. Make as many brushes as you’d like, and make sure to share with us what you made your brushes out of!
  5. Once brushes are ready, you can offer your child some paper and paint to test them out!

Let us know how you enjoyed this DIY and how your little one enjoyed the experience!

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