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Back to School Wooden Ruler Makeover Craft

Easy Wooden Ruler Makeover TutorialThe time has come for back to school! Supply lists are coming out, children are getting things in order…and I am over here purchasing “boring” school supplies and making them extra special for my boys. Our latest project was these painted wooden rulers!

These are so completely easy to make and are a bright and cheerful. Make whatever designs you want or random splashes of color.

What You Need

  • Wooden ruler
  • Water color paints
  • Water
  • Paintbrush


1. Dip your paintbrush in the water and begin painting the top of the ruler with the water color paints. You can make any design you wish. My son added red and black to his and I helped make a splotchy sort of tie dye one and a sunset.

Easy Wooden Ruler Makeover WatercolorUse a little extra water to spread the colors over the bare wood, but be careful not to over-soak the wood as it may warp. If your ruler has a dip in the center, your colors will probably run along there so smaller designs may be more difficult to make. You will also want to steer clear of black since it may make the numbers and lines difficult to see.

Easy Wooden Ruler Makeover2. Let dry completely.

Easy Wooden Ruler Tutorial Straight LinesHow adorable are these? This is so easy, kids can do it! It makes a great craft for teens and tweens. What colors and designs will you use on yours?

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  1. Very neat idea! I think my kids would enjoy doing this.

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