Start School on a Creative Note With This “Tie-DIY” Watercolor Backpack

Recipes and DIY

Your child’s backpack is a very important school supply. Maybe the most important. Hey, we were all kids once, so we know this is true. 

Why spend an arm and a leg on a backpack anybody can buy? What if another kid brings the same backpack to school too? Yeah, that’s the worst. 

The solution: Make your own! This “Tie-DIY” watercolor backpack costs less than $20 and takes less than 30 minutes. Plus, your child will have a backpack that is as unique as they are!

This DIY project comes from Momtastic!


  • Plain white backpack
  • Fabric markers
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Paper towel


1. Spray the backpack with a light mist of water. Don’t soak it! You want it to be barely damp so the marker slightly bleeds as you color.

2. Using the markers, add your child’s favorite colors over the entire surface of the backpack. Be sure to alternate the colors you’re using. Don’t worry about saturating the bag with ink. Scribbles are just fine and will still get the same effect. 

3. Once you have covered a portion of the backpack’s surface with the marker, spritz some water over the ink. The more water you add, the more the colors will bleed together, creating a cool watercolor look.

4. Use a paper towel to soak up any extra water that isn’t being absorbed.

5. Seal the color with heat by tossing the backpack in the dryer for a few minutes until it is dry again. Or you can wait for the backpack to dry and then run over the colorful surface with an iron.

School may have already started, but a personal watercolor backpack is a fun and easy way to make a colorful statement any time of year!