DIY Watercolor Paint

DIY Watercolor Paint

Help your little artist make a splash with their very own watercolor paints.

Ingredients for Paint
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon light corn syrup
3 tablespoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Liquid food coloring, various colors

Bowl with a pouring spout
Containers for paint
Wooden craft sticks


  1. Combine white vinegar and light corn syrup in the bowl
  2. Add baking soda and cornstarch, and stir until the mixture is combined and stops fizzing
  3. Pour about 1/4 tablespoon of mixture into container slots (look below for ideas)
  4. Add food coloring to each section, and stir with wooden craft sticks until mixed
  5. Allow the colored mixtures to dry uncovered

Tip: Add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of light corn syrup, if needed, to make the consistency of the paint easier to handle.


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Paint Container Ideas
Before your DIY watercolor paint has a chance to dry, consider pouring it into one of these reusable containers:

  • Candy or mint tin*
  • 7-day pill container
  • Mini muffin tin
  • Clear egg carton
  • Small plastic condiment cups
  • Empty tea light tins
  • Empty eyeshadow container
  • Ice cube trays
  • Old watercolor container

*Tip: Take watercolor paints wherever you go with a travel-sized paint kit. Create dividers with aluminum foil in a small candy tin. After paints are dry, attach a small paintbrush and tiny watercolor pad to the tin with a rubber band.

To paint with your homemade watercolor paints, simply use water and a paintbrush like you would with store-bought versions.

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I wonder with this recipe how much does this make....??? Because if your using 2 oz cups how much of the recipe will make each color or 2 oz cup per color....????

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to Elainehorn3, I don't think it would just wash off because food coloring usually makes a permanent dye.Maybe if you blot it up right away it would be ok.

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I have a question about whether or not this is washable, if it gets painted on your walls, floors, will it come off?

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