Kid Craft Fun: Homemade Watercolor Paints

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Life as a mom of three has taught me so much about myself. It has been a journey unlike any other and one that I would never regret taking. We have had our rough moments, but overall, I sit back and tell myself how truly blessed I am. My children love one another unconditionally, think of each other (most of the times) and love to play together. We have our moments they get irritated with one another but for the most part, they want to do everything together.

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This summer one of our goals this summer was to stay creative, keep the kids engaged and have kid craft fun! Creativity and messes in our house are common occurrences. If you stop by my house randomly, you will know what I am talking about. I would love to have a perfectly clean house but I choose to have messes and happiness instead, there are only so many hours to my day.

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With that said, our recent mess was one that all the kids had a blast with. Watercolor painting is something we all love to do. In our new house we even decided to decorate the girls room in watercolor. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you can have fun with watercolors!

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With watercolor painting, you can create such amazing things with just a few simple ingredients. Did you know that watercolors are actually easy to make yourself? They are! It is simple to just buy them from the shelf, but if you are like us, you can go through a set of paints in two or three sittings. So the solution is simple, we make our own!

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Homemade 2-Ingredient Watercolor Paints

You will need baking soda & food coloring…well and water but we wont count that!

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Using either an ice cube tray or painters tray, fill each cup 3//4 of the way full of baking soda.

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Add your food coloring drops in the combination of the colors you wish to create. This is great because you can teach the kids how to mix colors by adding a drop or two of different colors.

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Slowly add water and gently stir with a brush to just dissolve the baking soda. You may need to add a small amount of baking soda to reach your desired consistency.

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You can now paint! Or if you prefer to make watercolor discs that can be stored dry, either air dry them for about 48 hours and then just paint with water or place in the freezer for a few hours to harden. If you dry in the freezer, they will need to be stored that way. If you air dry them, they can be stored at normal room temperature.

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At this point all you need is a little water and you can let your painters create their masterpieces!

Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*

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One thing that always go hand-in-hand with watercolor painting in our house is messes. I don’t sweat it though because watercolors are actually quite easy to clean up (but we make sure to paint on a non-carpet floor for staying on top of spills.) Did you know that Huggies® Wipes are perfect for easy and simple clean-up solutions, not just babys? There are days when I need clean-up to be quick and I arm each child with one Huggies® Wipe and everyone helps to clean up the mess!

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The thickness is perfect for their little hands and with the TripleClean™ technology we get the mess clean in minutes without leaving harmful chemicals behind. They are even perfect for those moments when I find dried paint spots on the floor or table after the fact.

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Recently when I registered for baby #4 I was sure to include a few packs of Huggies® Wipes at Walmart. The Huggies Natural Care wipes are perfect to have on hand, Because Kids Outgrow Diapers, Not Messes*.

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Don’t let a little mess get in the way of a lot of fun! HUGGIES® Wipes helps ALL explorers stay in the adventure. Be sure to check out the cute video about letting our explorers do just that, explore and create while we can keep them clean.

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Have you ever tried to make your own watercolor paints? I would love to know your favorite way to make messes in your home?

14 thoughts on “Kid Craft Fun: Homemade Watercolor Paints”

  1. This looks like so much fun! I did not know you could create watercolors with baking soda… Good to know. My youngest would love this. Thank you for sharing at Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

    1. Thanks Mel! I love your site and the watercolors are so much fun! I am totally into easy and these are, plus the color options are endless!

  2. I’m dropping by from the Show and Tell link party. This is such a fabulous idea! I’ve got this on my list of things to do with my grandkids. (Speaking of kids, yours are absolutely darling!!)

    I have a link party that I’m trying to grow. I invite you to share this at my Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party at that goes from Wednesday through Friday at midnight (Mountain Daylight Time). I think my readers would love this as much as I do.

    I hope you can participate.

    1. Thanks Nina! I will add it to my list and try to remember to pop over! I hope your grands enjoy it 🙂 And I think my are adorable but I tend to be partial 😉

  3. Stopping in from Made by you Monday – I have never made my watercolour paints but I bet my toddler would love these! I have to try them. Her favourite way to make a mess is to finger paint, that mess is too much for wipes though!

    1. Mine love to paint. Finger paints are always the favorite because they get to be part of the mess 🙂 Hope she enjoys them!

  4. Fabulous and love the idea of using the fun shaped ice tray, and your encouragement to others to go for a creative house (i.e. a little messy) versus an orderly one. Watercolors are always wonderful, and I think your kids would love some bigger brushes and larger paper too, tape the paper to the wall and create lovely murals! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    1. We have definitely done a few huge paintings and plan to create a few pieces for the new house. Thanks for the advice to tape them to the walls, that will be interesting!

  5. What a great project. I never realized how easy it would be to make our own paints – I love that the kids can make an infinite number of colors to use instead of being limited by what’s available. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. There are lots of way Steph but this is an easy way that my kids love because the options are endless. And it dries a little pasty with texture which is fun too!

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