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Adult Coloring Pages: 10+ Unique Ways to Use Them

Don’t let your adult coloring pages stay in the book – use them to make something awesome! Here are unique 10+ ideas you’ll have to try with your finished coloring sheets.

Don’t forget to watch the video in this post to see the bird wall decor project I feature in action.

Skills Required: Beginner to Intermediate. It really depends on what project you pick below. The furniture and t-shirt are more intermediate projects while the smaller items (jewelry, home decor) are best for beginners. I hope you’ll decide to tackle them all!

10 Unique Ways to Use Adult Coloring Pages

Adult coloring is all the rage these days, as I’m sure you know! I’ve done guides over on DIY Candy that show you how to color and what the best pencils are for coloring. I’ve also give you the ultimate guide to free coloring pages over there.

Crafting with Adult Coloring Pages

Are you wondering what to do with finished adult coloring pages? In this post today, I’m going to show you what to do with your coloring pages once you are done creating them! I’ve already done two projects on this blog with coloring sheets: a name plaque as well as a decorative tray.

I had SUCH fun making them. Yep, you need to get those finished adult coloring book pages out of the book and onto a project.

If you don’t want to cut up your coloring books for whatever reason, make a color copy to complete these projects. I don’t mind cutting mine up because guess what – that gives me a reason to color another!

Before I share the projects with you, I wanted to address a few commonly asked questions and issues you might run into based on what readers have already asked me. I hope these help you as you craft with your coloring sheets!

Will My Crayons or Markers Smear?

I’m so glad you asked! I actually wrote an article about using Mod Podge with markers and crayons (amongst other art mediums). Mod Podge works well on top of gel pens, crayons, and several markers.

Note that it smears Crayola marker, which might be an issue with kids coloring pages. If you use something I didn’t test, then do your own test on a piece of scrap paper.

Of course, this only applies if you use the actual pages versus making color copies. If you plan to make color copies of your adult coloring pages, read the section below.

Girl paints a coloring book for adults with crayons

Paper for Your Coloring Sheets

If you choose to scan and print your coloring sheets, you might be wondering which paper you should print them on. I highly recommend a matte paper that is thicker than regular printer paper – about 32 lb. or above. Regular printer paper is typically 20 lb. or below.

In addition, if you are printing free adult coloring pages, you’ll want to print them on a laserjet printer if at all possible.

Inkjet printed pages will smear when Mod Podged, although you can spray both sides with clear acrylic sealer and then the risk is less.

I will say that my HP printer has a very dry ink (the standard HP ink). If I print something and let it dry for several hours and then Mod Podge it, I don’t get any smearing unless I go over it several times.

If I didn’t have the HP printer, I’d just get laserjet copies of my coloring sheets because it’s easier.

Which Mod Podge Formula to Use

Each project lists the formula you should use in the tutorial if you click on the link. You’ll use Hard Coat for the furniture projects, and Gloss, Matte, or Satin will work for the home decor pieces depending on the finish you desire. You have some flexibility if it’s hanging on the wall.

Enjoy these 12 projects . . . most of them using decoupage . . . that will turn your coloring into useful crafts.

Adult Coloring Pages

Learn how to use adult coloring pages in craft projects! Get several great ideas for incorporating coloring for adults into your handmade items.

Now that you’ve seen all the projects we found using free printable coloring pages for adults, check out this video of how to make the bird canvas (project #10). Simply press “PLAY” in the center of the video!

What is your favorite project to make with things you’ve colored? I’d love to hear in the comments!


Thursday 21st of April 2016

I have some of those clear plastic drawers by my bed, holding coloring materials, journals (bullet and specific- subject logs for reading notes), devotional a, crossword books and several dictionaries, yarn for 2 projects and several other things I do when stuck in bed. I had been thinking faux stained glass paint, but this gives me some more ideas. Use pages in front for opaqueness and branch the faux leading off in the style of the page's design, or do Zentangle coloring designs if the pages give me trouble in adhering. Or enlarge 1, trace it with the leading, and get to color it twice

Ainslie Yuen

Sunday 17th of April 2016

What a great post Amy!! Those cat coasters are so cute!!

Connie D. Hall

Friday 8th of April 2016

Thank you so much for the awesome ideas, great personal gifts.

Briany Male

Sunday 20th of March 2016

Great minds think alike! When I bought my first colouring in book Enchanted Forest this was my thought - colour in, cut out and use in my scrap booking. But I like your idea much better. Thanks for sharing

Thursday 10th of March 2016

Wow! This is really exciting and interesting idea to use coloring pages! It is great idea for fresh spring project for a good mood. Thank you so much!