11 Creative Ways to Milk Summer Days

Paint with Milk for a New Take on a Craft Project  

Summer is in high gear. Kids need a few ideas to keep boredom at bay, especially when there’s a rain delay. Try your hand at one of our 11 craft ideas — and see where creativity can take you.

For an alternative to TV time, dabbling with milk and food coloring for new take on painting is a great way to spend the afternoon. With just a few household items — kids can tap their inner Jackson Pollack and paint with milk. 

Milk Water Color Painting


  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • Bottle of liquid dish soap
  • Eye dropper (Optional)
  • Package of Cotton swabs or Toothpicks
  • Assorted multi-pack of food coloring
  • Watercolor paper
  • Shallow plate or tray


  1. Cut the watercolor paper to the size of your tray. Keep the stack next to your workspace.
  2. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of milk into the tray or shallow plate. Make sure the milk covers the bottom of the tray.
  3. Add drops of food coloring to the milk. Variety is the spice of life, and the more colors added, the more vibrant the painting.
  4. Add a few drops of dish soap to the milk and food coloring mixture. The two liquids now will start to merge.
  5. Use the cotton swab (or toothpick) to swirl the colors.
  6. Working quickly, before all the colors mix together, place one sheet of paper on top of the milk mixture. Press down on the sheet.
  7. Gently lift paper out of the tray and set aside to dry.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the sheets of paper.

Once you try your hand with painting with milk, here are 10 more ways to get creative this summer.

  1. A Little Morning Milk Mustache
  2. Make a Milk Monster
  3. DIY Cereal Scooper
  4. Breakfast Board Game
  5. Milk Gallon Makeover
  6. Make Your Own Milk Mug
  7. Mummy Cup
  8. Toast Bears
  9. Monster Milk Gallon
  10. Milk Ghost

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