My daughters love to paint all of the time. We ran out of watercolor paints and I thought I’d see if it was possible to make my own homemade watercolor paints. I did a quick Google search and found a recipe over at Happy Hooligans. I was soo excited because usually when I come across homemade recipes that say you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry I never do, and this time I did! These paints were super easy to make and Allie was thrilled that she got to make her own paint.
This is all you will need to make these paints yourself:
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 1/2 tsp light Karo Syrup
- 2 tbsp corn starch
- food coloring (I used liquid food coloring because that’s what I had. I only had neon colors too so did the best I could.)
- container(s) to hold the paint (I used egg cartons but you could also use muffin tins, ice-cube trays, bottle caps, anything that can hold a bit of paint.)
Here is a color swatch test I did of all the colors. On the left they are wet, and on the right they are dry.
The colors were really vibrant and painted on extremely smooth. I was definitely impressed with the quality especially since I made them from things I had in my cupboard. I didn’t paint on watercolor paper, this is just regular copy paper. Actually, it’s used copy paper. We recycle paper that we have printed on and no longer need into scratch paper and art paper. Just a side tip, I also use this same paper to print my coupons on because it doesn’t matter what’s on the back.
Here’s what the paint looks like in one of the egg cartons we used. It’s kind of nice that it has a lid but not necessary at all. These paints were used and the wells are still pretty much full. I think these will last awhile. For pennies for all of these paints I wouldn’t be upset if my daughters wanted to paint every day. I don’t think I’ll be buying watercolor paints again any time soon for my daughters’ daily painting activities.
These were soo easy to make that I think they will make great gifts. I know my daughter would love to make these for her friends and be even more excited to tell them that she made them herself. I probably wouldn’t put them in an egg carton as a gift though.
If your kids love to paint, I challenge you to check out your pantry and make these with them. I’d love to hear about your stories making and these paints.