Make Your Own Bright, Kid-Safe Watercolors Right At Home!

by Laura Caseley
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Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

There’s nothing better than creating your own art. Whether alone or with some friends or family members, creating something totally new is always a great experience.

But art and DIY projects always require supplies, and that can mean a trip to the art supply store — and spending money. And let’s face it, art supplies are not cheap.

But consider this: if you can DIY everything else, then you can DIY your own supplies, too!

Typically, there’s a way around paying for the “official” version of something with just a little cleverness. We showed you that an inexpensive knife block can be easily transformed into some great craft supply storage, and now, we’re going to show you how to mix up your own all-natural, totally nontoxic paints!


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 2 Tbsps. corn syrup
  • Food coloring in colors of your choice
  • Ice cube tray
  • Popsicle sticks for stirring


  1. Pour your baking soda into a bowl and slowly add the vinegar while stirring.
  2. Add the corn starch and corn syrup and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and uniform.
  3. Spoon the mixture into an ice cube tray, evenly filling the compartments.
  4. Stir your choice of food coloring into each ice cube compartment. Get creative and experiment with mixing the colors to create unique shades! The more coloring you add, the stronger your watercolors will be. Stir thoroughly.
  5. Let everything set overnight.
  6. Now you’re ready to paint!

Watch the video below to see the process in action, as well as the results. And besides being cheap, easy, and customizable, these watercolors are also completely nontoxic, making them perfect for kids and safe to use around nosy pets.

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