I bet you didn’t know how easy it is to make your own watercolor paints! When you run out of the store-bought stuff, don’t hesitate to whip up this recipe for DIY watercolors! Even if you haven’t run out, the kids will love making their own homemade paints to go along with our totally “do-able” art activities! Explore amazing art projects with supplies you can make right at home.


Make Watercolor Paint For Art

Get creative with DIY watercolors the kids will love to mix up with you. From our popular puffy paint recipe to skittles paint, we have tons of fun ideas for how to make paint at home or in the classroom.

Our art projects are designed with you, the parent or teacher, in mind! Easy to set up, quick to do, most activities will take only 15 to 30 minutes to complete and are heaps of fun! Plus, our supplies lists usually contain only free or cheap materials you can source from home!

Find out how to make your own watercolor paint below with our easy watercolor paint recipe. Only a few simple ingredients, are needed for super fun DIY watercolor paint.

DIY Watercolors

Why Do Art With Kids?

Children are naturally curious. They observe, explore, and imitate, trying to figure out how things work and how to control themselves and their environments. This freedom of exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it’s also fun!

Art is a natural activity to support this essential interaction with the world. Kids need the freedom to explore and experiment creatively.

Art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful not only for life but also for learning. These include the aesthetic, scientific, interpersonal, and practical interactions that can be discovered through the senses, intellect, and emotions.

Making and appreciating art involves emotional and mental faculties!

Art, whether making it, learning about it, or simply looking at it – offers a wide range of important experiences. In other words, it’s good for them!

Helpful Art Resources To Get You Started

Here are a few resources that will help you introduce art more effectively to your kiddos or students and feel confident yourself when presenting materials. You’ll find helpful free printables throughout.

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How To Make Watercolors


  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Food coloring gel or paste

How To Make Watercolor Paint

STEP 1. Mix together the baking soda and vinegar. Expect it to fizz but the fizzing will stop.

Of course, there are also lots of fun baking soda experiments to enjoy for science!


STEP 2. Whisk in the light corn syrup and cornstarch. The mixture will solidify quickly but will become liquid when stirred.


STEP 3. Divide the mixture into portions using an ice cube tray. Mix in food coloring gel or paste until completely combined.


STEP 4. Allow the paints to dry overnight. To use the paints, brush over the top with a wet paintbrush.


How To Use Your Watercolor Paint

Create this watercolor galaxy painting.

Try a crayon resist art project with watercolors.

Grab one of these printable pop art projects.

Color a rainbow with watercolors.

Many of these famous artist inspired projects are perfect for watercolors.

35 Easy Painting Ideas For Kids

Click on the image below or on the link for more painting ideas you will want to try!