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How to Make Paint for Kids

by Jean Van't Hul
January 7, 2023

How to make paints for kids using simple, inexpensive kitchen ingredients. Make the paints with your children and then paint together!

Updated February 2023

Have you ever made homemade watercolor paints?

The process is so easy and doesn’t require many ingredients. And it is probably all stuff you already have in the kitchen.

The best part is you can make the paints together and then use them for an art project!

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

How to Make Paint

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Food coloring

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine ingredients

    Mix your corn syrup, cornstarch, baking soda, and white vinegar together.

  2. Pour into containers

    Divide the mixture into jar lids, small containers, or (as we did) plastic egg carton sections.

  3. Add color!

    3. Add food coloring to each section as desired to make your colors.

  4. Let dry

    Allow your paint to dry completely. But make sure to stir the paints a couple times as they are drying but before they get too hard. Otherwise, the materials separate a bit.

As usual, our kids had as much fun measuring and mixing the ingredients as painting with the finished product. Possibly more!

DIY Watercolor Paints for Kids
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

It was so much fun painting with our new watercolor paints!

They worked pretty well and were translucent like other watercolors. They dry a little powdery though, because of all the cornstarch and baking soda, which isn’t a bad thing, just something to be aware of.

Homemade Watercolor Paints in Action
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

Have any of you tried making homemade watercolor paints? Or any other paints?

Don’t forget to print the recipe!

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How to Make Paint for Kids

  • Author: The Artful Parent

Description

How to make paints for kids using simple, inexpensive kitchen ingredients. Make the paints with your children and then paint together!


Ingredients

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  • 3 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar
  • Food coloring

Instructions

1. Mix corn syrup, cornstarch, baking soda, and white vinegar together.

2. Divide into jar lids, small containers, or plastic egg carton sections.

3. Add food coloring to each section, as desired to make your colors.

4. Let dry.

 


Notes

Note: stir the paints a couple times as they are drying but before they get too hard. Otherwise, the materials separate a bit.

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