Quick Idea: An easy, effective and eco-friendly paint palette for kids

If you’ve been following My Little Bookcase for some time, you’ll know that we love using our paints.

We’ve never had an effective paint palette though.  I normally set out paints for Cam, using a range of yoghurt containers or plastic plates, and then spend too much time cleaning and drying them.

I had a brain wave last week, when I opened my pantry door and was bombarded with all of the egg cartons that came crashing down on top of me. I needed to find a use for the egg cartons, and I promptly decided that an egg carton would make a fantastic paint palette.

And it did!

  • It is sturdy
  • It allows room for12 colours (or leave some of the spaces free for mixing colours)
  • The spaces are small, meaning there is less chance of paint wastage.
  • By keeping the lid intact, it can be used for storing paint brushes and a cup of water
  • The paint residue dries up quickly
  • Once the paint has dried, the carton can easily be refilled with paint.

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Quick Idea: An easy, effective and eco-friendly paint palette for kids


  1. We use paint pallet egg cartons all the time. It makes everything easier, plus they are free. Love it!

  2. Great idea!

  3. Thanks for sharing this idea on Tuesday Tots. I’m featuring it on next weeks TT. :)

  4. That is such a great idea!! I have been using these sheets of paper that are like wax paper and are called pallette paper, or I used paper plates, but now I am out of the pallette paper and am tired of wasting all of our paper plates (my daughter loves to paint!) I will have to try this next time she wants to paint (like tomorrow!) Thanks for sharing!! :)

  5. Egg carton paint palettes – such a terrific idea – it works for glue too, if you have a large number of children. Not as much cleaning up, and you can toss the glue container away when done.

  6. This is a great idea! It’s so easy to implement. I hope you’ll link up on our new Eco Kids Link up: http://organicaspirations.blogspot.com/2012/11/leaf-rubbings-eco-kids-tuesday.html

  7. Thanks so much for sharing at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

  8. Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op last week. I featured your fun paint palette. I can’t wait to see what you link up this week.

  9. I love the blue and green piece. i happen to be combining those colors on a cabinet. striking!

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