Making your own rainbow colored wooden blocks is fun and easy. When I was coloring blocks while making this Tetris Inspired puzzle my daughter loved playing with them. I decided to make a bunch more just for fun. She loves them!
Rainbow colored wooden blocks are an easy DIY kids toy. These vibrant building blocks make a great gift idea for Christmas and birthdays. They will provide years of educational play based learning.
This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Thank you for choosing to support this blog!
DIY Rainbow Colored Wooden Blocks
Asia Citro over at Fun at Home with Kids has also made some “Grimm Style Blocks” like these that you can see HERE.
Below I share how I made these rainbow colored building blocks, and give a comparison between the two most popular brands of liquid watercolors to help you decide which you would like to use.
DIY Rainbow Colored Wooden Blocks Materials
- 1 Inch Wood Blocks (you’ll need 1 – 5 bags depending on the number of blocks you want. I used 4 bags of 48 blocks.)
- Sargent Watercolor Magic and/or Sax Liquid Watercolor Paints (I used both and show what each color set looks like below)
- 8-Ounce Canning Jars (or another container to use to color blocks)
- Old towel
DIY Rainbow Colored Wooden Blocks Directions
2. Drop block in each color and swirl it around until the wood is saturated with color. They do not need to be soaked. They can be taken out as soon as they are completely colored. (Below I share pictures of how each brand of watercolors looked when the blocks were dry.)
3. Use tongs to take blocks out of color and place on an old towel to dry. If using more than one color at a time like I did, make sure you have another rag to quickly wipe the color off of the tongs before dipping tongs in next color.
4. Repeat until all blocks are colored. Allow to dry.
Sax vs. Sargent
Sax Liquid Watercolors
In the photos below you can see how the Sax liquid watercolors looked on the blocks when dry. They claim that the set comes with eight, 8oz colors–blue-green, red-violet, blue-violet, fuchsia, coral, pink, yellow-orange, and yellow-green. The set I received had two red-violets with no blue-green so you will not see it below. One deduction point for Sax!
The photo on the bottom left has the colors in the following order from left to right; yellow-orange, coral, fuchsia, pink, red-violet, blue-violet, and yellow-green.
Sargent Liquid Watercolors
In the photos below you can see how the Sargent liquid watercolors looked on the blocks when dry. This set comes with 10 4oz colors. Overall I preferred how the Sargent colors looked and worked. But there were a few of the Sax colors that I loved as well. I ended up coloring more blocks with the Sargent colors.
Update: I can not find the exact set I used on Amazon for this comparison. If the link above does not work try this Sargent liquid watercolor set that contains green, brown turquoise, black, magenta, orange, blue, red, yellow, and violet.
The photo on the bottom left has the colors in the following order from left to right; yellow, orange, red, magenta, violet, blue, green and Turq-blue. The set also comes with brown and black but I did not use it.
As you can see, making your own rainbow colored blocks is pretty easy to do. I hope my liquid watercolor brand comparison helps you decide which you would like to use.
I liked having both brands (Sax’s fuchsia, red-violet, and blue-violet are gorgeous) but would choose Sargent if I had to choose only one. You can also mix and dilute colors for more variety if you like.
I have a lot more projects planned to make with these rainbow colored blocks like this DIY Waldorf Square and this Tetris-inspired Puzzle Cube. Be sure you sign up for my newsletter below so you don’t miss all the fun!
You may also like:
- DIY Rainbow Peg Dolls
- All Season Hand and Fingerprint Tree
- Beautiful Gifts Kids Can Make
- DIY Waldorf Square
For more ideas follow my DIY Toys, Dolls & Games Pinterest board.
The One Essential Tool You Need To Keep You and the Kids Happy!
Subscribe to the Rhythms of Play community newsletter to connect with your children, and find the FREEDOM to do the things you LOVE!
Nell has over 20 years of experience working with children and is the founder of Rhythms of Play. She believes in the power of the imagination, learning through play, making this world a greener place to live, and getting outside in all seasons! Learn more…