Easy DIY unicorn scratch - a super fun kids craft and simple art project (free template included)!
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Everything’s coming up unicorns and rainbows! Have you ever tried scratch art? It’s SO colorful and one of my favorite projects to do with kids, who always seem to love scratch-off anything. I was able to repurpose an existing printable (love it when that happens!) to make this unicorn scratch art something that’s as easy as it is fun. Scroll down for the tutorial video!

Easy DIY unicorn scratch - a super fun kids craft and simple art project!
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To make unicorn scratch art you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Oil pastels
  • Dish soap
  • Black acrylic paint
  • A pair of kid-safe scissors, plastic fork, pen cap or something with a dull point to use as your scratching tool

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

Follow along with me as I go through the simple process in the video below, or skip down to the written directions!

DIY Unicorn Scratch Art Instructions:

  1. Print and cut out our horse template

    Print out our free printable unicorn art template on any kind of paper and cut out.

    Unicorn Scratch art template
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  2. Color a half-sheet of watercolor paper or cardstock with oil pastels

    Cut a piece of watercolor paper or heavy cardstock in half and color it completely with oil pastels in any colors you want! The more colors you use, the more colorful your scratch art will be. Cover the page completely, then place it to the side.

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  3. Mix black paint with a couple dots of dish soap and paint over the oil pastels

    Mix about 2 Tbsps of black acrylic paint with a dot or two of dish soap (Dawn works well). This will help the black paint stick to the oil pastels. Once mixed, paint over your oil pastel-covered page completely. Set aside until fully dry (you can speed drying along by hitting it with a hairdryer for 2-3 minutes).

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  4. Color a horse template with oil pastels

    While your background is drying, grab your cutout unicorn body template and color it with oil pastels – any way you choose!

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  5. Glue the horse to the center of your dry black background

    Using a glue stick, glue the unicorn body to the middle of your black background.

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  6. Use a fork (or similar tool) to scratch in the details

    Start scratching! You can add legs, a tail, a mane and horn following our example. Using different scratching tools will give you different results, so play around with how you scratch! Once you’ve finished scratching out the details of your unicorn, you can scratch different patterns, shapes or objects into the background – we went with classic stars. 🙂

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These are so much fun to experiment with – the color combinations are endless, and it’s kind of magical watching your unicorn appear as you scratch away simple lines.

Easy DIY unicorn scratch - a super fun kids craft and simple art project (free template included)!
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So proud of your rainbow-licious unicorns you just HAVE to hang them up? You can create a fun hanging display by punching a couple of holes in your scratch art pieces, tying the pieces together with yarn or ribbon, and tying them onto a dowel rod or stick. We added one of our rainbows from our Frank Stella deconstructed rainbow art project to add to the cuteness!

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One of the highlights of this project is experimenting with new processes. For other sure-fire kid-pleasing process-based crafts, try creating a colorful rainbow softie from chalk pastels (magically smudge-free!). Make a kaleidoscope of beautiful butterflies or easy DIY process art with melted crayons! Pro-tip: these projects are the perfect additions to an art-themed kids party.

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This rainbow unicorn scratch art is a fun and easy art project for kids (templates included)! | via barley & birch
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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