DIY: Watercolor Set

I learned something new today – how to make your own watercolor set using ingredients from our very own kitchen through this really nice video!!!

Here’s the recipe (well, this is how I did it hehe), have fun!


1 cup Baking Sode
1 cup Vinegar
1/8 cup Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Corn Starch
Liquid Food Coloring

You’ll also be needing the ff:

Ice Cube Tray
Whisk and Serving Spoon (to mix)
several Popsicle Sticks (for mixing the colors and the mix in the cubes)
Small Teaspoon (you can use the ones from you measuring set)
Bowl (for mixing everything)
Palette (or just anything that can be used to put the drops of food coloring)


1. Pour baking soda in your bowl and slowly pour the vinegar. Note: This mix will create bubbles and foam so pour the vinegar slowly and gently. Use a whisk to mix once the combination settles.


2. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, add corn starch and corn syrup. You may need to move to a spoon to mix everything because you will notice that the texture gets harder. Keep going.


3. Once thoroughly mixed again, start pouring it to the ice cube tray. Fill only about 3/4 per cube to avoid spilling. I used the small spoons from my measuring sets to pour the mix into the ice cube tray.


4. Pour a few drops of your food coloring to a palette. I only had 5 colors: orange, blue, green, red and one powdered olive green coloring (powder bought from wet market; liquid bought from grocery). They say the gel form is the best kind, but I haven’t seen them around so I stuck with powder and liquid. PS: The mix will be white – so you don’t need white coloring (I’m not ever sure there’s one around!)


5. Mix, Mix, Mix. Start by getting one drop of food coloring using a popsicle stick and putting it in one cube. Mix, Mix, Mix. Start with few drops because it’s easier to add more color than to reduce when you want a lighter tone. You can expect a soft and hard texture all in one cube, so mix thoroughly (and slowly – so it won’t spill to the next cube!)


6. Leave one cube untouched so you will always have white. It’s useful to have this so when you want to make a color lighter, all you have to do is get a few from the cube and drop it to the cube that needs to get lighter. And then of course, you have to make one cube black! I’ll leave the coloring up to you!

As my husband says, all you really need are the primary colors because you can turn them into so many other colors by mixing – but “pre-mixing” them for this project is really fun! The more cubes, the better. Hehehehe ๐Ÿ™‚

diy7ย And you’re done!!! Just leave it at a cool, dry place overnight (or maybe a bit more depending on where you live). Play with it once it’s completely dry! Your imagination is the limit!

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PS: Okay, I’ll admit. I made my own measurements cause I only had the video to depend on earlier, but upon researching using a laptop now (and not just my phone), I found the actual recipe of the video I watched, so you can do THIS, too. I’m excited to try my own mix, though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy DIYing this weekend, friends!

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