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Friday, February 21, 2014

Scratch & Sniff DIY Paint without Kool-Aid

I saw a pin on Pinterest the other day for a recipe for scratch and sniff paint.  I pinned it immediately to do with my girls for an art project for homeschool.  But once I got onto the blog and saw the recipe  it was using packets of kool-aid for the color and smell.  I googled several other recipes and they all varied a little bit but still all contained kool-aid as the source.  I never have kool-aid on hand in my pantry so I decided to try to create my own based on what I had.  It turned out to be really fun and a cool experiment.

Here's what we did:

In a large measuring cup I added 3 cups of water, 1 cup of all purpose flour and 2 oz. white glue and mixed it together.  I microwaved & whisked (every 1 min. interval) it for about 4-5 minutes until is was a runny pudding consistency.  You could also do this on the stove.

Then, I poured some of the mixture into 12 cups in a muffin pan.  We used household ingredients to scent and color the paint base.  These are the ones that I had on hand at the time.  The girls helped me pick out which ones that they wanted to use.

Mint oil - *added some blue food coloring
Cocoa Powder
Coconut Extract
Orange Zest
Pepto Bismol (for the pink color and bubble gum scent)
Ground Cloves
Lime Juice & Honey - *added some green & yellow food coloring
Garlic Powder
Lemon Zest - *added yellow food coloring
Butter Extract

*We also used some food coloring to enhance the color of a few.

The girls got some construction paper and started to paint away.  They had lots of fun!  After several days we went back to our paintings to see which ones still had a smell.  Can you guess which ones they were?

Garlic, cloves, curry and cinnamon were still smelling strong!  The others had a little whiff of something but you couldn't distinguish the scent.

Create your own scents and have fun with your kids.

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