9 DIY Watercolor Projects You Have To Try

Watercolor can seem a little intimidating at first, even for seasoned DIY fanatics — but it doesn't have to be! These DIY watercolor projects compiled by contributors are downright gorgeous to look at, yet surprisingly simple to make, not to mention they are 100 percent Instagram-worthy. Plus, they just go to show that you don't need to be a brilliant artist to add a quick pop of color to your space. With a little practice, you can easily master the watercolor technique and incorporate stunning, hand-made pieces into your decor at every turn. From pastel garlands to watercolor greeting cards, napkins, calendars, pillows, and more, there is just something about this pretty paint that makes life feel more picture-perfect. So break out your paintbrushes and your creativity, and get ready to make some seriously cool pieces, starting right now.

By: Mady Dahlstrom, Content Editor at

Inexpensive to buy, easy to make, and pretty to look at, watercolors are taking over home decor. From dip-dyed napkins and tableware, to gift tags and pillows, you can add watercolor to just about anything. Fill your home with this new design trend by trying out one of these nine DIY watercolor projects.

1. Ombre Calendar

You can’t beat a pair like watercolors and ombre! This calendar is painted to perfection, creating the prettiest little desk accessory. Follow this tutorial to create your own ombre calendar.

Home Made By Carmona

2. Watercolor Napkins

Celebrate summer by creating a custom set of watercolor napkins for an outdoor BBQ or backyard picnic. Find out how to make your own in under an hour with this step-by-step guide.

Paper & Stitch

3. Watercolor Garland

Mix up your paints with this DIY watercolor garland. With watercolor paints and brushes, paper, a large circle punch, and sewing machine, you can make this colorful garland.

Paper & Pin

4. Watercolor Greeting Cards

One of the easiest and most meaningful gifts to give, these handmade watercolor greeting cards require no artistic skills. See how simple these DIY notecards are to make by following the tutorial, here.


5. Painted Watercolor Pillow

Take your paints to fabric by making watercolor pillows. Find out how to watercolor paint on fabric with this full tutorial.


6. Watercolor Stripe Bunting

If you’re looking for a simple decoration to hang in your home or on your patio, this DIY watercolor stripe bunting is just what you need.

Studio DIY via The Sweetest Occasion

7. Watercolor Tags

Super easy to make and fun to use, these DIY watercolor tags can be used as gift tags or table setting name tags for a cute pop of color.

Eat Drink Chic

8. Watercolor Tableware

Add a splash of color to your table with these DIY watercolor plates. Swirl your own vibrant pattern with paints and water to create this dreamy tableware.

Fall For DIY

9. Watercolor Phrase Art

A craft project that doubles as art, this DIY watercolor phrase art will dress up any wall in your home. Find out how to make your own by following this step-by-step tutorial.

Laura Gummerman and Janae Hardy via A Beautiful Mess

What’s your favorite watercolor project? Let us know in the comments below!

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