Make Homemade Art Supplies With Your Kids
Make Homemade Art Supplies With Your Kids

Make Homemade Art Supplies With Your Kids

Part craft, part fun, part savings. It’s all good when you make these five DIYs: scratch-and-sniff watercolors, invisible ink and play putty at home.


Don’t waste money buying expensive art supplies when you can teach your kids to make their own. Just gather the ingredients listed below (most of which are probably in your pantry already) and let them dig in. No worries, though. All the DIY supplies (except liquid starch) are non-toxic.


Edible molding clay

materials

¼ cup peanut butter

½ cup dry milk

½ tbsp honey

Plastic storage bag


directions

Step 1

Pour peanut butter, dry milk and honey into a plastic Ziploc® brand bag.

Step 2

Close bag and knead until mixture turns into dough. Do not reuse or store this dough, it’s made to play with on that day.


Scratch and sniff watercolors

materials

1 tbsp unsweetened powdered drink mix

1 tbsp warm water

Several small Ziploc® brand containers (or a muffin tin)


directions

Step 1

Mix water and unsweetened drink mix together in container or muffin tin.

Step 2

Repeat using different drink mix flavors to create different paint colors, and paint away!

Step 3

Allow artwork to dry overnight before scratching and sniffing.


Amazing invisible ink

materials

2 tbsp pure lemon juice

Cotton swab


directions

Step 1

Pour lemon juice into a dish or Ziploc® brand container.

Step 2

Soak one end of a cotton swab to write a secret message on a piece paper.

Step 3

Hold the paper near a light bulb. The heat will slowly turn the writing dark brown and reveal your hidden message!


Play putty

materials

1 tbsp liquid starch

2 tbsp white glue

Food coloring

Plastic egg or plastic storage bag


directions

Step 1

Mix white glue and food coloring together in a small bowl. Pour liquid starch into a second small bowl.

Step 2

Slowly pour the glue mixture on top of the liquid starch. Allow the mix to stand for 5 minutes, or until the glue absorbs the liquid starch.

Step 3

Remove the putty from the bowl and knead.


Pudding paint

materials

1 large package of instant vanilla pudding (3.4 oz)

½ - 1 cup of cold water

Food coloring


directions

Step 1

Whisk water and instant pudding together in a bowl for two minutes. Refrigerate covered for five minutes.

Step 2

Divide into several small bowls, a muffin tin, or Ziploc® brand containers.

Step 3

Add 5-7 drops of food coloring to each and mix. Use a brush, or simply use your finger, to paint!