There’s something very special about making your own art materials. You can choose any color you like…meaning you have the power to make any project you dream up. These are some of our favorite art material “recipes” for kids. They’re safe, inexpensive, easy…and fun to make!
Kool-Aid Art Materials
Kool-Aid makes a great substitution for food coloring in art material recipes. It’s available almost everywhere, it makes really bright, saturated colors, and it makes everything smell great!
An all-year-round craft: fragrant, brightly-colored play dough.
Paint with yummy-smelling watercolors! They only take a few moments to make—and they create vibrant paintings.
You’ll be amazed by all the uses you find for this homemade art material!
Like the Kool-Aid dyed pasta, Kool-Aid dyed rice makes an awesome addition to sensory bins and art projects.
Homemade Paint Recipes
Make your own safe, homemade paints with just a few easy-to-find ingredients you just may have around the house!
Get creative, get messy, and have fun with homemade body paint!
Pudding paint is a great way to make finger paint that’s safe for even the youngest little crafter. (It’s also plenty fun for older kids!)
Let the driveway be your canvas with this homemade sidewalk paint!
Other Craft Recipes
With this simple recipe, make—and decorate—your very own beads!
This is a sweet craft that becomes a great gift: homemade paper that sprouts flowers when planted!
Reuse those broken crayons with this cute project. If you don’t have molds, a cupcake pan works just fine.