Crafty at Home – Scratchboard Cards

scratchboard card

If you’re looking for a fun and easy craft that the kids will love, scratchboard cards are the perfect solution! Did you ever color on those seemingly magical black sheets of paper to reveal the rainbow colors underneath? I can tell you I was obsessed – now you can make them yourself for MUCH cheaper than the $2 a sheet you’d pay at the store! Not only are they a blast to make, but they have so many uses! Make personalized thank you cards, works of art, room signs, gift tags or even garlands – either way you’ll impress all who see your crafty creation!

See How It’s Done:

Click Here to Download the Printable Instructions

To Make the Scratchboard Cards You’ll Need:


  • crayons
  • white cardstock, thick paper is best
  • painter’s tape
  • butcher paper or newspaper
  • black tempera paint (don’t worry, it’s washable ;))
  • laundry detergent
  • mixing bowl or plate
  • a small roller brush to paint with
  • items to scratch with: forks, spoons, or nail care orange sticks


1. Make sure you’ll have an easy cleanup by spreading out some butcher paper or newspaper on your workspace. Tape it down so you’ll be sure it won’t fly away.

2. Let your creativity flow and color to your heart’s content! You can fold the white cardstock in half to make a card or color the whole sheet. Use lots of different colors so that you’ll end up with an interesting design. Rough colorers can get excited about this craft: the darker you color the better your design will show up later on, so feel free to break a few crayons in the process…it’s okay with us!


Color in any design you like

3. After coloring your paper, you’ll need to mix up the paint. In a plate or mixing bowl, stir together a one-to-one ratio of tempura paint to laundry detergent. We used about 2 spoonfuls of each ingredient per sheet of paper.

Mix the Paint

Mixing the paint

4. Once you’ve stirred up the paint, use the roller brush to apply a thick coat to the colored paper. After all the design is covered, let it dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.

1st layer

paper after first coat of paint

5. Next, apply a thick second coat. Once again, wait 30 minutes to an hour for it to dry. Check and paint on a third coat after the second is dry if the paint is not opaque. However, in most cases two coats should be enough.

6. Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the scratch off! You can scratch away the paint to reveal the colors underneath, the kids will thoroughly enjoy this part and so will you! You can write a message or simply doodle away, just have fun with it!

scratch off flower

scratch-off flower

We hope you enjoyed this crafty at home project – let us know what you thought on facebook and twitter and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more of our video tutorials! Send us pictures of your scratchboard creations and ideas for ways you’d use this project! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

For more projects from Crafty at Home:

DIY Upholstered Cornice – Crafty At Home with The Local Cook

Crafty at Home: Really Easy Pillow Covers from The Happier Homemaker

Crafty at Home – Spirograph Upcycling

Crafty at Home – Melted Crayon Window Garland

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Rachel Gill

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