I remember when I was younger having one of those scratchboards that when you scratched the black covering off you got the vibrant colours hidden underneath. They were such a lot of fun, and you can recreate these DIY scratchboards  with just a few items found around the home. They are simple and low cost to make and are a great addition to any busy bags or just as a simple craft.

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To make your own DIY scratchboards:

  • Wax crayons
  • White cardstock
  • Masking tape (optional)
  • Black paint
  • Washing detergent

diy scratchboard busy bag

If you want to use the masking tape to create a boarder, then tape around the outside of your card.

diy scratchboard busy bag

Completely colour the card using the crayon. This is a great step for little ones to help out on.

Using a ratio of 1:1, mix the black paint with the washing detergent carefully as you don’t want to create lots of bubbles.

diy scratchboard busy bag

Using a thick paintbrush, apply an even layer of paint to your card. Then wait for it to dry before adding any more layers. We added 3 or 4 layers for it to be completely covered.


To make your colours shine through try using a toothpick, fork, coin or even fingernail.

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DIY scratchboard busy bag