Getting Crafty with Nicole ~ Homemade Doodle Paint

Believe it or not…this has been one of the most crazy-requested recipe how-to’s ever since I posted the picture of my Doodle Paint on the Twinery Facebook page!

Homemade Doodle Paint

This is such a fun craft to do with your kids! The doodle paint is made with ingredients that most of you already have in your cabinets…so what can be better than that?! The paint is super easy to make and my kids absolutely LOVED doodling with it! The paint dries with a glittery sheen and has a puffy, raised texture to it.

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need on hand to create this fun doodle paint:

- Squeeze bottles for the paint: I used 6oz. bottle from Wilton (you can get these in the chocolate making section of any craft store…I found mine at Jo Ann Fabrics they were about $2 for 2 bottles)
- Flour
- Salt
- Water
- Coloring: You can use tempera paint (wet or dry), food coloring or natural coloring agents such as beet juice, raspberry or blueberry juice reduction, etc. For mine, I used Wilton’s gel food coloring because they already come in almost any color imaginable (plus I already had them in my cabinets and I loved the concept of keeping everything non-toxic – or edible – too! You just never know…kids are crazy)!
- Glass/Plastic bowls
- Spoons/Whisks
- Funnel: optional…but it helps with getting the paints into the squeeze bottles

Here are the simple instructions:

Follow these instruction for each paint color you’d like to create!
In a bowl, mix equal parts: Flour, Water & Salt. I used 1/2 cup of each and it worked really well for the squeeze bottles I had. Mix this really well with a spoon or whisk…no clumps. You can add more or less water depending on the consistency of paint you’d like, but it seemed that an equal (or just barely less) amount of water worked the best. Once that mixture is blended well, add a smidgen of coloring…and by smidgen …I mean smidgen! The more coloring you add, the more vibrant your paints will be. Get creative here…you can create a light pink and a dark pink paint by using the same coloring…just add more or less of the color depending on the shades you want to create! You can even blend colors together to create unique colors or other colors you may not have on hand – this might require Kindergarten art theory 101 (red+blue=purple), but you can handle it! Once the paint is blended with the coloring, use your funnel to pour each paint color into it’s own squeeze bottle. The paint is then ready to be put into the hands of your little Picassos. I love the fact that this paint is non-toxic and it can be made at the drop of a hat on a rainy day!

Word to the wise…this paint works best if you use a thicker paper (or even posterboard) to doodle on – because of it’s water base, it might soak the paper if it’s in the hands of a wiley toddler!

Now go make some doodle paint and make your little ones smile!

You can make/print your own simple labels to use on your paint bottles. Just click “download” below and save the file as a PDF on your computer. You can print the labels out on full sheet sticker paper, then use a 2″ circle craft punch to cut them out. Viola! Pretty doodle paint bottles.

Lil Boo & Co. Doodle Paint Labels

These paints would also be a fabulous gift for any child! If you use all dry ingredients (flour, salt, powder tempura paints), you can put the ingredients minus the water into the squeeze bottles and package ‘em up really pretty. Just include simple instructions to ‘just add water’!

ENJOY!

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  1. says

    Does it make a difference when you use Epsom salt? I tried using table salt and it didn’t dissolve (scary since we eat that) but Epsom did. Consistency is watery with the same proportions.

  2. says

    I’ve done this before with a 2 year old class (but with tempera paint instead of food coloring). Like the author said, HEAVY paper is best, in fact, the best thing we used was foam core board cut into small sizes. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated (ie it doesn’t get stinky or grow anything if left out) but if you don’t use it within a day or two, it will start to dry out in the bottle. At first, you can add a little water and shake it up and it’s all good, but after that first time, it’s really best to just wash it out while you still can and make a new batch!

  3. says

    I’ve done this before with a 2 year old class (but with tempera paint instead of food coloring). Like the author said, HEAVY paper is best, in fact, the best thing we used was foam core board cut into small sizes. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated (ie it doesn’t get stinky or grow anything if left out) but if you don’t use it within a day or two, it will start to dry out in the bottle. At first, you can add a little water and shake it up and it’s all good, but after that first time, it’s really best to just wash it out while you still can and make a new batch!

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Getting Crafty with Nicole ~ Homemade Doodle Paint

Believe it or not…this has been one of the most crazy-requested recipe how-to’s ever since I posted the picture of my Doodle Paint on the Twinery Facebook page!

Homemade Doodle Paint

This is such a fun craft to do with your kids! The doodle paint is made with ingredients that most of you already have in your cabinets…so what can be better than that?! The paint is super easy to make and my kids absolutely LOVED doodling with it! The paint dries with a glittery sheen and has a puffy, raised texture to it.

Here’s a list of everything you’ll need on hand to create this fun doodle paint:

- Squeeze bottles for the paint: I used 6oz. bottle from Wilton (you can get these in the chocolate making section of any craft store…I found mine at Jo Ann Fabrics they were about $2 for 2 bottles)
- Flour
- Salt
- Water
- Coloring: You can use tempera paint (wet or dry), food coloring or natural coloring agents such as beet juice, raspberry or blueberry juice reduction, etc. For mine, I used Wilton’s gel food coloring because they already come in almost any color imaginable (plus I already had them in my cabinets and I loved the concept of keeping everything non-toxic – or edible – too! You just never know…kids are crazy)!
- Glass/Plastic bowls
- Spoons/Whisks
- Funnel: optional…but it helps with getting the paints into the squeeze bottles

Here are the simple instructions:

Follow these instruction for each paint color you’d like to create!
In a bowl, mix equal parts: Flour, Water & Salt. I used 1/2 cup of each and it worked really well for the squeeze bottles I had. Mix this really well with a spoon or whisk…no clumps. You can add more or less water depending on the consistency of paint you’d like, but it seemed that an equal (or just barely less) amount of water worked the best. Once that mixture is blended well, add a smidgen of coloring…and by smidgen …I mean smidgen! The more coloring you add, the more vibrant your paints will be. Get creative here…you can create a light pink and a dark pink paint by using the same coloring…just add more or less of the color depending on the shades you want to create! You can even blend colors together to create unique colors or other colors you may not have on hand – this might require Kindergarten art theory 101 (red+blue=purple), but you can handle it! Once the paint is blended with the coloring, use your funnel to pour each paint color into it’s own squeeze bottle. The paint is then ready to be put into the hands of your little Picassos. I love the fact that this paint is non-toxic and it can be made at the drop of a hat on a rainy day!

Word to the wise…this paint works best if you use a thicker paper (or even posterboard) to doodle on – because of it’s water base, it might soak the paper if it’s in the hands of a wiley toddler!

Now go make some doodle paint and make your little ones smile!

You can make/print your own simple labels to use on your paint bottles. Just click “download” below and save the file as a PDF on your computer. You can print the labels out on full sheet sticker paper, then use a 2″ circle craft punch to cut them out. Viola! Pretty doodle paint bottles.

Lil Boo & Co. Doodle Paint Labels

These paints would also be a fabulous gift for any child! If you use all dry ingredients (flour, salt, powder tempura paints), you can put the ingredients minus the water into the squeeze bottles and package ‘em up really pretty. Just include simple instructions to ‘just add water’!

ENJOY!

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