DIY Water Color Paints

diy-paintI’m a Pinterest junkie. I love everything about it. The beautiful photos, funny sayings, simple recipes & endless inspiration, but sometimes I think who the heck has the time for this.

I mean am I the only one out there who has zero desire to make my own paper towels, cake sprinkles or glitter?

Pinterest quoteSource: Barefoot On the Dashboard

But this is one of those pins that at first I thought was a waste of time, but turned out to be a great craft to make with the kids.

And the paints actually worked better than any of the water-colour paints I have bought.

kids-craftsDIY Water Color Paints Ingredients:

  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • corn starch
  • corn syrup
  • food colouring
  • container for paints (plastic egg carton, muffin tin, etc)
  • popsicle stick


1. In a liquid measuring cup (spout makes it easy to pour) add 8 tBsp of baking soda with 5 tBsp of vinegar. Let it fizz out.

2. Add 1/2 tsp of corn syrup and 2 tBsp or corn starch. Mix well. If it is way too thick just add some more vinegar.

3. Pour into your container (I used an old muffin tin). It filled each muffin tin about 1/2 way.

4. Now let your kids create a rainbow of colours, by adding and mixing a few drops of food colouring to each tin. Try to do this as soon as possible. The paint starts to harden almost immediately. We found that our light colours like pink didn’t really work, but our darker colours worked well. Mix each colour for about a minute to get a nice consistent colour.

5. Now let it sit for 2 days. Yeah this part is hard. At first I thought our batch didn’t work because the bottom hardened almost immediately but the colour separated to the top. But after 2 days it had all hardened.

I originally found this recipe at Pie Birds but found it didn’t work for me, but above is the recipe that I created and seemed to work.

kids-water-colour-paintsI add about a tBsp or so of water to each paint when we use them. This is only because my boys aren’t very good at getting their paint brushes wet enough to use the paint.


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6 thoughts on “DIY Water Color Paints

    • Good point I would use the egg cartons that kind of have a coating of plastic over them, I wouldn’t use the straight up cardboard ones.

  1. I’m going to use ice cubes trays from the dollar store. Instead of the muffin pans. They won’t rust, stack very nice, and not take up a lot of room.

    • Yeah that would totally work. My muffin tin was actually already all rusty. It’s the one the kids use outside in the sandbox. But ice cube tray would be much better for storing.

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