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Make Your Own: Scratch And Sniff Paint

Take painting with the kids to a whole new level of fun with this scratch-and-sniff paint recipe! This paint is incredibly easy to make. Best of all, it is safe for even the smallest of children.

Materials Needed:

  • Kool-aid/flavored drink mix packets (in a variety of colors/flavors)
  • Water
  • Cornstarch
  1. In a small bowl, mix one-half of a drink mix packet with one tablespoon of cornstarch and ¼ cup of water.
  1. Stir well.
  1. Paint!
  1. No scratching is really required, as the scent is usually very detectable. However gentle rubbing after your art is dry will “reactivate” the scent.

Quick Mixing Guide:

This recipe is easily adaptable. You can play with the proportions to change the consistency, scent, and color of your paint to tailor to your personal preferences.

  • Add more drink mix to create a stronger scent and a darker color.
  • Use less drink mix to decrease color and scent.
  • Add more cornstarch for thicker paint.
  • Use less cornstarch (or omit, using more water) for a thinner paint.


Store any leftover paint in a sealed plastic container. The cornstarch will settle at the bottom over time. Simply stir well before painting. If paint appears to dry out, add more water.





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