DIY Taste-Safe Paints



The following recipe is enough to create five or six small (4 oz.) containers of color.

I use food coloring as not to waste all that drink mix for such a small amount – if you were making just one or two colors out of the batch, or doubling or tripling this recipe, you might spring for the drink powder!

  • 1 1/2 Cups Water + 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose (Bleached) Flour
  • 1/4 Package Kool-Aid or a few drops food coloring per container
  • 1/4 Cup Salt 
  1. Use distilled water heated to warm to prevent growth of bacteria (or use boiled water and let cool a bit)
  2. Add water and oil to one bowl, all dry ingredients to another bowl.
  3. After mixing each, pour wet ingredients into the dry and mix until smooth.
  4. Add your colorant of choice

Kool Aid will add a nice scent to your paints, but you can also go with food coloring alone to make nice colors. Be careful of spills on carpet, clothes and furniture – this paint may leave stains if not cleaned up right away. We use this paint outdoors, or with a smock at the table. DIY paint is a great, cheap alternative to tempera, and using distilled or boiled water helps it keep for a few months!

If you’d like to make many colors at once, double or triple your recipe. Divide the white paint into separate containers, keeping the food dyes or drink mixes until very last, .

I like to keep a bit of the white base to help dilute the intensity of the colors in case I over-add my dye – I have been known to have a heavy hand with colorant! It is also fun for older kids to experiment marbling or mixing concentrated paints into the non-colored mixture.

Store in the refrigerator (or icebox, depending where you are from) which helps preserve the paints longer – it also adds a thermal dynamic to the sensory experience!

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