How to Make White-Out

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Correction fluid, originally named “Mistake Out” by its creator, Bette Nesmith Graham, is a critical supply for the workplace and home office. Thrifty individuals can create their own version at home following the original mixture recipe made by a secretary, which she used to conceal her typing mistakes in the days before errors could be deleted with the press of a button. Homemade white-out is inexpensive and can be tinted with a few drops of colored paint to match any shade of paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Bottle with cap
  • Coffee stir straw
  • Scissors
  • Cosmetic sponge
  • Super glue
  • Blender
  • Titanium dioxide powder
  • White tempera paint
  • Mineral spirits
  • Funnel
  • Remove the cap from the bottle. Insert the coffee stir straw in the bottle and check to be sure it is 1/2 inch shorter than the length of the bottle. Cut it down if it is too long.

  • Cut a small section of cosmetic sponge from the narrow end and attach it to one end of the coffee stir straw with super glue. Place a dot of super glue at the opposite end of the straw and set in the center of the bottle cap's underside to create a correction brush in the bottle. Hold in place until glue is firmly set.

  • Pour 8 ounces of tempera paint, 2 ounces of mineral spirits and 2 ounces of titanium dioxide powder into a blender. Plug in the blender and mix the elements at medium speed for one minute.

  • Place the funnel in the neck of the bottle and pour the mixture from the blender into the bottle.

Tips & Warnings

  • To use the correction fluid, dip the brush in the bottle and apply it to printed text. Blow on it gently to make it dry faster.
  • Always use extreme caution when working with chemicals.
  • Wash the blender thoroughly with hot soapy water before using it again with food.

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