Creative Colorado living

Homemade Watercolor Paints

I made watercolors with my kids last week and it was fun. They turned out great, but took a few days to dry. I got the recipe from a friend in MOPS (mothers of preschoolers)-thanks Breezy. You use common things in the kitchen and empty plastic egg containers.

Finished product. Great colors!


  • food coloring
  • 3T corn starch
  • 3T baking soda
  • 3t light corn syrup
  • 6T white vinegar
  • plastic egg carton (Land-o-Lakes)

Combine corn starch, baking soda, corn syrup and vinegar in a medium sized bowl. It will bubble and fizz for a bit and then settle down and be ready for coloring. Add about 2T mixture to each egg container. Add food coloring drop by drop until you get the shade you like....don't be afraid to add a lot to get it dark. (we used regular food coloring drops for my son and used neon drops for my daughter) Mix WELL. Ours took 3-4 days to dry.

Mixture fizzes which is very fun for kids.Mixture before we put dye in each one.

The kids were so excited for this project and the colors paint nicely. My son already almost used up all his paint with one picture! Will have to make more soon. Happy painting!
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