Rag Painting

Learn how to do rag painting with step by step instructions and photo's. This kids craft project is so much fun and a great way to get the kids painting.

These creative paint ideas are lots of fun and will hopefully keep the kids occupied for hours. Painting with rags is cheap but can produce some great effects.

Materials and Equipment

  • Paper
  • Rags
  • Paint
  • Small plate for paint
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Water

Mia's Top Tip

This is a great project to do outside on a sunny day.

The paintings will dry quickly in the sun and the kids can make as much mess as they like without a big clean-up job.

If you have to be inside then you will need to find somewhere to leave your paintings to dry.

An old sheet secured over a curtain rail is a great way to dry your pictures. Just attach them to the sheet using a clothes peg.

If the paintings are very wet they will need to be left flat to dry or the paint will run. We used a large piece of wood that fits over the bath. The paintings could easily be moved if necessary and they were out of the way whilst drying.

Rag Painting Tutorial


Scrunch up your rag.

Try using different types of fabric for different effects.

Scraps of denim will give bold clear lines whereas scraps of lace will give soft feathery patterns.



Place an absorbent cloth onto a plate.

Add a little water to the plate then put the paint onto the cloth.

This will stop the acrylic paint from drying out too quickly.

Dip the rag into the paint.



Apply the rag to your paper.

Try adding more or less paint to the rag for different effects.

Experiment with how hard you press the rag onto the paper.



Leave to dry.

Once dry You can add another color, leave to dry between each color.

Though you can of course experiment and see the different effects you get if the paint is dry or wet.

Mia’s Craft Ideas

You can make your own homemade gift tags using your rag paintings.

If you have done your painting on paper but would like to make it into a gift tag it's easy.

Cut out the best bits of your design and glue onto a piece of card.

Once dry stack them together with a plain piece of paper between each one.

Place them beneath a pile of books or something heavy to flatten them.

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