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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.
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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!

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MistiJ16 days ago
That's so cool
Mikki G.W4 months ago

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.

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

sarahana4 months ago

short and clever

well done

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

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

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

i want try this @ home

Techno Boy1 year ago

Where Did you get the spray bottels ???

DRTYBURTY1 year ago
can a link for the purchase of the bottles be posted?
Erchan1 year ago

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.

shyrell1 year ago

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 (author) made it! shyrell1 year ago

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!

Very nice. Thank you for sharing! :)
jaxboy1 year ago

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!

Vampyra651 year ago

Nice idea, thanks for sharing!

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.

Cadet Park1 year ago
This is amazing. I love graffiti and this is perfect
Icesphere1 year ago
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
Icesphere1 year ago
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?
DeeRilee1 year ago

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!!!!

Ravirar1 year ago

Can you use this on skateboards?

I think it could if you find a good sealer .

creativity123 (author)  Ravirar1 year ago

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


DurMan1 year ago

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 DurMan1 year ago

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.

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.
heron111 year ago

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

freepancho1 year ago

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!

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.

can I use his on a fabric?

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.

creativity123 (author)  trishamarie171 year ago

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.

Partybot1 year ago
Misac-kun1 year ago

There is a shop that sells those sprays at half a dollar. Gonna buy some and make some spray paint like you did.

sabu.dawdy1 year ago

this is such a cool idea :) il surely try it

irisviola1 year ago
That us a really cool idea I love it I am definitely going to try that
I like this. going to try this out on some stuff. see how it turns out on different surfaces. have a few windex bottles to repurpose
creativity123 (author)  pumpdatbass1 year ago

Thank you! Have fun making your Spray Paint!

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