Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints

Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints
Ya know that powder drink mix you loved as a kid – the one that left a cherry mustache across your upper lip? It’s the one that came in little packets. It’s the one that harkens memories of a giant drink pitcher crashing through a brick wall and yelling “oh yeah”!
OK, I think you know exactly what I’m talking about. While the ’80s kid in me loved Kool-Aid, I don’t drink it anymore. But I do craft with it!
Supplies
  • Packets of powdered drink mix
  • Water
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper
Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints
Directions
  1. Each packet has about one teaspoon of powder in it. Mix that powder with one teaspoon of water until it’s all dissolved. I use small bowls for each flavor/color.
  2. Mix up as many colors as you like. You’ll love how vibrant and fragrant they are. One note, grape produces a gray colored paint…not blue or purple. Sorry.
  3. When you (or your child) is done with their artwork, lay them on a flat surface to dry. It won’t take long, but if you hang them to dry, the colors could drip. Yes, I’ve seen the adorable photos of kid’s paintings clipped to a laundry line while air-drying outside, but this is reality folks – not a Pinterest-kinda moment.
Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints
Perks of Using Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints
  • Food additives and dyes are not my thing, so drinks made from a powder mix are not on my diet.
    But when you paint with these powders, the smells really do bring back some awesome childhood memories.
  • Drink mix packets are cheap! I found them for .25 each. But I’ve heard the generic brands only cost a dime.
  • Cleanup is a breeze. Just rinse the bowls and brushes under warm water and you’re good to go!
One Word of Caution
Be sure you let your kids wear their “play clothes” when using these paints. And try (as best you can) to
keep the paint on the brush and not on the hands. This stuff does stain.
Homemade Kool-Aid Watercolor Paints

Written by Crunchy Scott

I'm a self-proclaimed eco-geek. I'm also a flexitarian foodie, a crunchy crafter and an eco-journalist. And if it's awesomely 80s, I'm into it. Oh, and I wrote a kids book too! Find me on and . Wow, I'm everywhere! So come find me.

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