DIY Wood Stain from Acrylic Paint

How to Make a DIY Wood Stain from Acrylic Paint | Dainty & Sweet

Have you ever wanted to make your own wooden trim for miniatures out of popsicle sticks or balsa wood but didn’t want to go to the stinky trouble of using real wood stain?

Look no further! You can easily use brown acrylic paint (which you probably already have anyway, let’s be honest) to stain your craft wood.

Click here for examples of ideas to use stained wood in miniatures!

What You Need to Stain Wood With Acrylic Paint:

  • Wood (duh)
  • Brown acrylic paint (I used FolkArt in Coffee Bean and got this nice muted brown)
  • Paint brush and cup
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Optional: wood sealant or wax

How to Stain Wood With Acrylic Paint:



  1. Mix equal parts water and brown paint. I ended up just putting water into the bottom dregs of my brown paint bottle and shaking it like a cocktail, which was easy peasy and I now have a little bottle of brown stain premade for next time!

    DIY Wood Stain from Acrylic Paint | Dainty and Sweet

  2. Using a brush, glop your “stain” onto the wood and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

    DIY Wood Stain from Acrylic Paint | Dainty and Sweet

  3. Wipe the paint off with your paper towel and marvel at the wood grain that suddenly appears in your craft wood!

    DIY Wood Stain from Acrylic Paint | Dainty and Sweet

  4. If you like, you can use some kind of sealant to add a gloss to your wood or rub in some wax to finish your project, but I love the look of the “raw” stained wood so I didn’t even bother. 🙂
Happy crafting!