Plant Paints Completed Activity Photo

plant paints


Plants get their colors from chemicals called pigments, which reflect light in certain ways that our eyes and brains interpret as color. Plant pigments have been used for centuries as paint for clothes and art. Make some plant paint yourself, and see what you can create!


Materials needed for craft

What you need

  • An adult to help you with the cooking part of the craft
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Paintbrushes
  • White paper
  • Paper towels or newspaper
  • Small containers
  • Plant material such as dandelion flowers for yellow color, carrots for orange color, spinach for green color, onion skins for brown color, blueberries for blue color, etc.
Paints in cups


Boil each of the plants in a separate pan of water until the water turns the color you want. Cool the pans of water. Take out the plants, then pour the cooled, colored waters into separate compartments in the muffin tin, or into separate jars or margarine containers.

Cover your work surface with paper towels or newspaper, then use paintbrushes to dip into the colored waters and paint pictures or designs on the white paper. Construction paper works well because it absorbs the water more.


Plant paint picture of tree


Use your colors to create a painting of your choice. What image did you capture?