DIY Scratch-Off Photo

Unless you play the lottery, you probably don't run into many scratch-off activities these days. But we're here to bring 'em back. 

I've had my eye on creating a scratch-off photograph for a while (thanks, Pinterest), but couldn't settle on a photo. I didn't want to risk ruining a perfect picture if this didn't work. But then I came across this random shot of one of the many army men that lurk around my house. PERFECT!

This project does work, but not the way I expected. The paint is a lot harder to scrub off than most people are probably accustomed to -- it's definitely not as easy as a lottery ticket, but it's a good trick to know anyway. 

I can see many uses for it in the future, including the suggestion that comes from the original tutorial -- to use it as a Valentine.

You will need:
dish soap
acrylic paint in any color -- silver for a more traditional piece
paint brush
a container to mix the paint in
measuring spoon
a cutting board, or other surface to work on
Polariod photo OR other glossy photo print

To make:
Tape the borders of your photo. Take care to make sure tape is really stuck, so it won't bleed like mine did.

Mix 2 parts paint with 1 part dish soap. I used 1/4 teaspoon soap and 1/2 teaspoon paint.

Paint over the photo. Let it dry, then paint another layer. 

Remove the tape when it's completely dry.

Scratch it!

Send us a secret message!

Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.