Make your own paints and save $$$$$
So many fun pinterest kid activities require paint. And paint at Walmart or Michael’s can cost up to $4 a bottle! YIKES!
So here are cheap and easy, make at home paint recipes to use all year long! Base ingredient is food coloring, so when I see food coloring on sale or have a good coupon I stock up! When you have food coloring, you always have paint. (For the adventurous, Discount School Supply and Oriental Trading have liquid watercolors in large bottles and great colors… I have used both, and prefer Discount School Supply. I have no affiliate links to either company, so just saying they make a great product. Or try Amazon!)
So here are the recipes!
DIY Bath Paint
1/2 cup Johnson’s Head to Toe body wash
1/2 cup corn starch
a few spoonfuls of water (add slowly)
Mix the ingredients together and add water slowly until a runny paste that sticks to the tub but is not too runny… Then put into ice cube trays, old yogurt tubs, margarine tubs – whatever you have handy. Finger paint or buy cheapie paint brushes. Just give to kids in the tub and have fun.
Condensed Milk Paint
One of the easiest, creamiest, and safest to eat of all DIY paint recipes: condensed milk paint.
Simple: mix food coloring into small pots or tubs of sweetened condensed milk. Keep this one covered in the refrigerator, and it will last several weeks.
Another simple paint, but be sure to wash brushes thoroughly!!!
Mix food coloring into white glue (such as Elmer’s or Rose’s). Use in squeeze bottles (save your ketchup and mustard tubs!!!) or use with brushes, but the glue will dry so do wash everything well! Store the glue paint in tubs and use again and again.
Homemade powdered tempera paint
Powdered tempera paint is used in SO many fun paint recipes. But it is not cheap, and not easy to find at that. But you can MAKE YOUR OWN! fun fun
Get cheapie colored chalk at the dollar store or Walmart, and buy some good ziplock bags as well (you will need them). Put one color of chalk in each bag, and then get a mallet or hammer and smash the crap out of the chalk. This is a fun activity all by itself! After crushing, store in plastic tubs. When you use powdered tempera to make other recipes, be sure to wear a mask, as airborne powders are not good for your lungs!
To make a simple paint, simply add water (wear masks until mixed!) and maybe a little kool aid for scent! Once mixed, paint away.
Kool Aid Paint
Mix water, Kool Aid, and corn starch into whatever paint consistency you need. Lots of water makes a thick watercolor paint. More corn starch makes a thicker, tempera style paint. Make extra thick paint and you will get a paint to put into squeeze bottles (remember save those ketchup bottles!). Store these in the fridge, and if they separate, just stir again before using!
It looks to be a rainy week here in West Virginia, and is raining as I write today! This is the best kind of weather for fun indoor play, and paints of all types are easy and cheap ways to get kids messy and exploring. Let them paint and get a cup of coffee.
For a fun rainy week activity, try putting pictures made from your homemade paints out in the rain, and create neat impressionist-style watercolor prints! Don’t forget to don rain gear and go for a rainy spring walk. Kids and puddles don’t last forever.