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DIY Watercolor Paints

DIY Watercolor Paints
Prep Time10 mins
Active Time5 mins
Drying Time1 d
Total Time1 d 15 mins
Keyword: DIY Watercolor Paints, Kids Craft Ideas
Cost: 5


  • Large mixing bowl
  • Spouted Measuring Cup
  • Whisk
  • McCormick Basic Food Coloring and McCormick Neon Food Coloring
  • Ice Cube Trays


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ¾ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbs corn syrup


  • Measure baking soda into a large mixing bowl.
  • Slowly pour the vinegar into the bowl.
  • When the mixture stops bubbling whisk to combine well.
  • Add the 2 tablespoons of corn syrup and cornstarch to the bowl.
  • Whisk well the mixture well.
  • Transfer some of the mixture to a small spouted measuring cup.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into each compartment of the ice cube trays.
  • Squeeze drops of food coloring into each compartment mixing colors following to coloring chart.
  • Use a tooth pick, skewer or Popsicle stick to mix the colors.
  • Once the food coloring is mixed in set trays in a safe area to allow to dry complexity. May require up to 48 hours to dry completely.
  • Once dry use your homemade watercolor paints just like you would store bought watercolor paints.