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!
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.
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.
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 10 projects . . . most of them using decoupage . . . that will turn your coloring into useful crafts.
Ways to Use Adult Coloring Pages
Decoupage a funky little side table with your coloring pages – and Plaid even provides a freebie that you can print and color when you go to their post (click on the “Instructions” tab).
2. Gift Bows
Lines Across turns her fabulous adult coloring pages into handmade bow for packages. What a fun way to jazz up craft paper!
3. Journal Set
This journal makes the perfect gift, and uses Matte Mod Podge to seal. Give to a best friend or mom for Mother’s Day (and don’t forget the pencils!).
I’m loving these keychains at DIY Candy, which are actually made with Shrinky Dinks. And you get the added benefit of Dimensional Magic to seal!
Adult coloring pages are perfect in mixed media. This tutorial shows you how to create custom wall decor from your finished coloring pages!
6. Feather Art
Create a whimsical home decor accent with this feather art at Plaid Crafts. When it comes to adult coloring projects, this one of my favorites!
I LOVE Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium and you will too. Turn your coloring pages into wearable art with this tutorial.
Circles and dots look fabulous on this piece of furniture. Grab the free printable coloring pages that are included under the Instructions tab, and color to your heart’s content. I love mandala coloring pages, so this is one of my favorite projects!!
Every good decoupage crafter loves making coasters – learn how to make them with your adult coloring book pages and Mod Podge.
I love that you get to use a variety of materials in this project including a stencil, paper, embroidery floss, trim, and gems. It all comes together for the cutest bird canvas ever!
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!