Homemade Paint Palette Ideas

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June 21, 2018

Homemade Paint Palette - paint palette made from recycled lidsYou can make your very own handheld paint palette using a plastic lid and plastic bottle caps. Use one larger bottle cap in the center to mix colours. I used a Cool Whip lid, water bottle caps, and one sports drink cap. Once you puncture the hole for them, this can be a great palette for kids to make, then utilize while they paint!


Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1 palette


  • 1 plastic lid
  • 1 marker
  • 1 X-acto knife or scissors
  • 4 small bottle caps
  • 1 large bottle cap
  • glue
Homemade Paint Palette - supplies


  1. Use your marker to trace the large bottle cap onto the plastic lid near the edge.
  2. Homemade Paint Palette - trace around the large cap near the edge of the lid
  3. Cut out the hole.
  4. Homemade Paint Palette - cut it out
  5. Place glue on the top of the large bottle cap.
  6. Homemade Paint Palette - add glue to top of large lid and glue down opposite the thumb hole
  7. Glue it down on the other side of the hole.
  8. Glue down the other bottle caps around the lid.
  9. Homemade Paint Palette - glue other lids in place

  10. Fill the little bottle caps with paint. Slip your thumb through the hole and lift the palette to your workstation.
  11. Homemade Paint Palette - fill smaller caps with paint
  12. Use the big bottle cap to mix colours. Paint away!
  13. Homemade Paint Palette - use large cap to mix paints
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September 27, 2018

In lieu of buying paint palettes, why not make your own? I have used paper plates before, but all the paint tends to run together eventually.


With just a few supplies, you can have a palette that keeps the paint separated and is perfect for any age to use.

Repurpose Old Food and Storage Lids for Paint Palettes  - colored soda and water bottle caps on a squarish container lid as another option

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