Craft Your Own Milk Paint
Turn powdered milk into moo-velous paint!
- Powdered nonfat milk:It may not tempt your palate, but powdered milk makes a great paint base!
- Cold water:Nothing fancy; just turn on the faucet.
- Food coloring:To purchase large quantities of food coloring at low prices visit Esco Foods.
- A measuring cup:C'mon Emeril, we know you've got one knocking around somewhere.
- Large, empty yogurt containers or Tupperware containers, one per color:A great excuse to go to a Tupperware party. OK, it won't be a rockin' bash, but at least you'll get out of the house for an hour!
- Combine 1 cup of nonfat powdered milk and 1 cup of cold water in each container.(For younger kids, you should do all the prep. If your kids are older, let them have at it.)
- Add 6 drops of food coloring to each container to color your paint.
- Add more or less food coloring to lighten or darken the hue. To make pink, for instance, just add 2 drops of red food coloring to the water/milk mix.
- The best thing about this homemade paint craft? It is washable and edible, so you don't have to worry about your child destroying the walls or eating half her art supplies. That means no calls to poison control, thank you very much!
- To save on food coloring, just buy the primary colors—red, blue and yellow—and mix them to create every shade of the rainbow. Mix half of each color (i.e., 3 drops) to create a new color.