DIY Watercolors

My daughter has recently discovered painting in a big way. Up until now she had very, very little interest in painting, being more of a playdoh kind of girl, but now that painting is here it’s HERE. As are her opinions about just what colors she wants to paint with. I’ll give you a hint. Its starts with a p and ends with a ink. Which is all fine and dandy except once she has used up the pink in the watercolor tray she things she needs a new one. So rather than buying heaps of watercolors just for the pinks, I’ve made her a custom set with just her favorite colors. If you have a little painter in the family you can too with this easy recipe. But don’t think you have to stick to just pink!

Things you’ll need:
Baking soda
White vinegar
Light Corn Syrup
Food coloring
Pallet, egg carton or other tray for holding paints

Things to do:
1. Add a drop of food coloring to each section of your egg carton or tray.
2. Combine 2 parts each baking soda, cornstarch and vinegar and 1 part corn syrup and stir. (It will fizz, don’t worry, keep stirring and it will stop!)
3. Fill each compartment of the tray with the mixture and stir with a toothpick. Allow the paints to harden before using.

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  1. I love the paint recipe, Ive made playdough, clay many other things but never paint, Im going to have to make some for my grandchildren, thanks for sharing.

    1. Where did you get the play doe recipe, Please write me back with the info., Thank you

      1. Hi Jean! We have a couple of play dough recipes that you could try out. You can find both of them here: and Please let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. I LOVE these recipes!!! I have a home daycare and am always looking for ideas for the children who attend! Not only will this save me money – but its a great hands on activity for the children to participate in. I knew there was a reason I was saving egg cartons!!!

  3. Just wanted to tel you how cool this is, I never knew you could make your own, Thank you for this tiip. This is GREAT FOR RAINY DAYS AND YOU DONT HAVE ANY WAY OF PAINTING