Introduction: DIY Spray Paint

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This Instructable shows you how to make your own DIY Spray Paint.
It is very fun and easy to do, and it works great.

Step 1: Supplies

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You will need:

-Empty and Cleaned Out Spray Bottles
-Acrylic Paints
-Paper Towels. 

Here I used paper towels to cover my work station, because I didn't want to get paint on the counter.
Also, I didn't show water in any of the pictures because I will just use tap water.

Step 2: Adding the Paint

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To start, you will need your Acrylic Paint color of  choice, here I am using red. Pour a small amount of paint into the bottle.
If the paint won't go down into the bottle you can gently bang it on the counter.
Once you pour the paint into the bottle, grab a paper towel and clean off the rim on the outside.

Step 3: Adding Water and Shaking

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After you have added the paint color of choice, pour a small amount of water in the bottle. Here I am using sink water.
Be sure not to fill your water to the top of the spray bottle. If it is too liquidy the spray paint will come out just like colored water.
Only fill the bottle about a fourth of the way up, or a little less.

After the water is in, it's time to put the cap on shake it! Shake it very well until its all mixed up, and you are done, all you have to do is make as many colors as you'd like and test it out.

Step 4: Testing and Finishing

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I made seven colors of spray paint. There is Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple and Pink. Now it's time to test them!
This method of DIY Spray Paint is really good because it turns out great. Every color came out great.
I put a few pictures to show you how they came out.
That's it! Your finished!

I hope you enjoy making this DIY Spray Paint, and have fun!


Diy Tech (author)2017-03-29

Thats a pure definition of DIY. Loved it :D

YouNeverKnowItUntil (author)2016-09-09

It's so watery of a paint already and there's no etching in the metal so it won't stick

YouNeverKnowItUntil (author)2016-09-09

No it won't stick to metal.

CreativeBlossom (author)2016-08-13

This is so awsome! I've always wanted spray paint!!

hello213 (author)2016-05-25

Thank you I ran out of spray I have some!

artandguineapigs (author)2015-12-20

hi i realized that all of these comments are from 2 years ago but does this stick to metal? someone pls reply i am creating this wire bracelet for my friend for christmas and i need to find out

someone pls help!

OnitaC (author)artandguineapigs2015-12-30

Hi, this is late but I suppose you could use this for future reference. Also I'm not an expert or have any experience with painting on metal (I never needed to) so this is just my input.

I would assume it would depend on the paint used. There are some paint (they usually tell you on the bottle) that are for metal, though I'm not sure kind, you might have to look into it. I'm not sure if method of application matters but I think the type of paint matters most.

I'm not sure but I think if you add water to it (like in the tut), it's going to most likely will just slide right off and not stick. I'd probably get a medium (if there is one for metal) to mix in with the paint so it can stick better. I'd probably get a top coat sealing spray or paint as well to seal the paint and protect it.

artandguineapigs (author)OnitaC2015-12-30

thx! it is not late actually bc ihave not seen my friend recently! thx for the help

krolshi (author)artandguineapigs2016-01-08

No problem!

Ah, and spray paint could also work to.
Good luck!

artandguineapigs (author)krolshi2016-01-09

yeah just wanted a way to do t myself

Simran Sharma (author)2015-11-06

nice and cool

LiveCrafts (author)2015-08-30

This is very cool! I might try this out to make a spray paint galaxy! (:,'

Joe Citizen (author)2014-01-29

Has anyone tried a manual pump spray container .

Maybe one like is sold in kitchen equipment shops

for misting olive oil on foods. There are also pump

spray bottles for misting plants.

jackiejb (author)Joe Citizen2015-08-21

Since those babies are expensive, I'd be very sure to clear the nozzle by spraying plain water through it after you're done spray painting. If acrylic paint dries in the nozzle, it'll be ruined.
I made a reply ^above^ about the procedure for clearing the nozzle. If you don't have a spare bottle for water that fits that nozzle, it's okay -- really, you can stick the 'straw' into any container of water and pump to clear it, and then rinse the whole nozzle piece, inside & out, under the tap. Then put it back on the paint bottle.

Mikki G.W (author)2015-03-28

I did this a ton of times, and yes it works in the beginning. But it usually always clog up the spray, and eventually it stops working. Often within a few minutes of use, even though you just made them. So its not like it dries up.

I guess you can't just use any kind of spray bottle. Some are better for spraying thick liquid while others don't. I never found any spray bottles that survives this more than a single use or two, not even when the paint is very thinned down with water.

jackiejb (author)Mikki G.W2015-08-21

Good point. I don't think it's possible to prevent air from reaching that tiny amount of paint that's between the straw and the nozzle, so I'm going to try this when I make it: have an extra bottle (just the bottle, not the nozzle) and put water in it. As soon as you finish using the spray paints (right away) put the paint nozzle on the bottle with just water, and pump until only water comes out. Shake it, and do it again. (You may end up having to empty it, add clean water, and repeat the procedure -- I'll see how just once works.) Then put the clean sprayer back on the paint bottle. Before you use it next time, pump onto a paper towel until any water still in the straw and nozzle is replaced by paint.
You'll only need one spare bottle for water to rinse out and use for clearing the paint from each paint color's nozzle, of course : )
I think this will extend the life of the nozzles, maybe indefinitely! Good luck.

jdparden (author)Mikki G.W2015-05-28

Couldn't you turn the bottle upside down and spary until no paint comes out to clear the head?

MistiJ (author)2015-07-15

That's so cool

sarahana (author)2015-03-21

short and clever

well done

i'll do this in my summer break and have fun

princessmoon01 (author)2014-06-15

hi where did you get the bottles I think it is a pretty amazing idea if you want to do some spray paint art take care that is amazing

elizila (author)princessmoon012015-03-04

go to bed bath and beyond... they have them there for a buck each

muthia.latifahhanum (author)2015-01-30

i want try this @ home

Techno Boy (author)2014-05-30

Where Did you get the spray bottels ???

DRTYBURTY (author)2014-04-20

can a link for the purchase of the bottles be posted?

Erchan (author)2014-02-09

A wonderful job. We can also create our own custom colors by mixing paints. Scale can be used for plastic injection syringe. In this way the color can be repeated once.

shyrell (author)2014-01-29

Hi - Great idea! I'm very interested in seeing your paintings. Are you able to get a fine line with this spray bottle? Please post some of your paintings. Thanks!

creativity123 made it! (author)shyrell2014-01-29

Here are two pictures of some Spray Paint Art I made myself with my DIY Spray Paint. I hope you enjoy these pictures and that they will inspire you to create some art of your own. Thanks!

shyrell (author)creativity1232014-02-03

Very nice. Thank you for sharing! :)

jaxboy (author)2014-02-02

Nice 'ible, and great idea! I bought a dozen or so of these bottles on ebay for not a whole lot of money to use with essential oils to make my own deodorizers and fragrances, and have several bottles left over. This is a very good way to make use of them. What I like about it is that you can make as small or large an amount of spray paint as you need without wasting any, or having to buy bulky (and expensive) cans of spray paint. Acrylic paint is always going on sale at craft stores, so just stock up, then fill your spray bottle as you need it. I bought several bottles of water soluble polyurethane when it was on sale. That would be an excellent top coat to seal your colored layer, as it is permanent once it dries, and you could apply it using the same spray bottle idea. Thanks for the great idea!

Vampyra65 (author)2014-01-29

Nice idea, thanks for sharing!

Cadet Park (author)2014-01-29

This is amazing. I love graffiti and this is perfect

Icesphere (author)2014-01-29

I also like this because you don't need to waste buying large amounts of spray paint you'll never use and can just make small amounts for whenever you need it

Icesphere (author)2014-01-29

wow cool that's a great idea because spray paint can be hard to find sometimes and expensive. Do you know if it works well on less porous items like plastic or metal?

DeeRilee (author)2014-01-29

Instead of thinning acrylic paint with such a high ratio of water to paint (which effects the binding of paint to surface and reduces the amount of pigment) you could use acrylic ink! The colors would be so intense!

But using spray bottles is a great idea!!!!

Ravirar (author)2014-01-24

Can you use this on skateboards?

shyrell (author)Ravirar2014-01-29

I think it could if you find a good sealer .

creativity123 (author)Ravirar2014-01-25

This will not last too long on a skateboard, but there are other creative ideas for this DIY Spray Paint!

The nerdling (author)Ravirar2014-01-24


DurMan (author)2014-01-24

Keep in mind that since this is water-based, it won't stick to stuff like normal canned spray paint. If you want to use this on something with a smooth surface, I'd advise you hit it with a coat of matte white canned spray paint first. That'll give your home made spray paint something to stick to and keep the colors vivid.

DurMan (author)DurMan2014-01-24

Oh, and using a lot of thin coats will work better than a single heavy coat, as it will be prone to beading and running.

gecko_girl3 (author)DurMan2014-01-29

If you used a base coat, for the reasons listed above, then sealed your DIY spray paint creation with a clear coat, your design should last quite a while. Obviously this is in addition to the reply to the skateboard comment, the method described here is not applicable to fabrics.

heron11 (author)2014-01-28

Where are your pictures? I'd love to see some art you made with these!

freepancho (author)2014-01-25

I think if you used something like very carbonated water and paint, then shook up the sprayer before using it, you could potentially hold down the the top, instead of having to push it many times.

very cool and simple idea!

ArcticNemo (author)freepancho2014-01-28

There's a lot more pressure needed than you're going to get from soda water, and a different design for the nozzle. They do indeed make refillable pressure spray bottles, but what's been used here are spritz tops, which don't function at all like a pressure valve.

trishamarie17 (author)2014-01-25

can I use his on a fabric?

PikeMinnow (author)trishamarie172014-01-28

If you get acrylic paints into the fibers of fabric, like a T-shirt, it can last quite a while. Not sure if these sprays would have the force behind them to do it but I have done brushwork and airbrushing on t-shirts in the past. Airbrushing, I ironed before first washing, just to be extra safe, all my work has lasted 2+ years. Depends on the base paint you use. I once had a brushwork yellow smile face that got yellow on *everything* because of all the yellow paint I had put on it, but it's five years old now and still incredibly vibrant.

The paint that I used in this DIY Spray Paint will not last very long on fabric. Also, I believe that my DIY Spray Paint is washable.

Partybot (author)2014-01-26


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