Make at Home: Paint Popsicles

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Have you enjoyed painting with our cool colored paint popsicles at LEAP? Now you can make your own at home! All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’re on your way!


  • Small paper cups

  • Wooden popsicle sticks

  • Two or more paint colors

  • Foil

  • Container with a pour spout, like a liquid measuring cup


  1. Set up your paper cups on a flat surface, ready to be filled.

  2. Fill your liquid measuring cup with the paint color you’d like to be the first layer in your paint popsicles.

  3. Pour a ¼-1/2 inch layer of paint in all the paper cups.

  4. Pick a color for your second layer. Pour a ¼-1/2 inch layer of your second color of paint in all the paper cups. The paint should sit on top of the first layer and not mix.

  5. Repeat the process with as many layers as you’d like.

  6. After the cups are filled, put a piece of foil on top of each paper cup. The foil helps hold the wooden popsicle stick in place while the paint freezes.

  7. Place all the cups in the freezer overnight.

You’re almost ready to paint! After taking the paint popsicles out of the freezer, all you need to do is peel off the paper cup and voila! Paint with the bottom color until it runs out or flip the paint popsicle on its side and paint with all the colors at once!

Check out these fun variations on paint popsicles for you to try at home:

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  • Use all the colors of the rainbow, then paint icy cold rainbows all over your paper!

  • No paper cups, no problem! Use an old ice cube tray to make paint ice cubes.

  • Try them inside or try them outside and see if they melt faster in the sunshine.

  • Start with a base color, like blue, and mix in white or black to make tints or shades.

  • Keep it simple—make each paint popsicle a different solid color!

  • Add essential oils or fragrant spices to your paint before you freeze them and you’ll have a multi-sensory experience when the paint starts to melt!

Written by Emily Van Laan