How to Make Paint From Berries

Berries can produce colors like blue, purple, red and pink. With just a few ingredients you probably already have around the house, you can make your own homemade paint, using berries for a colorant. Homemade paint is a safe, toxin-free alternative to purchasing paints from the store. These paints are suitable for children to use as finger paints as long as you use homemade or all-natural bar soap without dyes or fragrance.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup berries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Water
  • Bar of soap (without dye or fragrance)
  • Grater

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Make the colorant. Thaw frozen berries in a colander over a bowl or simmer fresh berries in 1 cup of water for 30 minutes.

Strain the berries. Keep the liquid and reserve the berries for another use.

Grate the bar of soap to achieve 1/3 cup of soap flakes.

Put the soap flakes in a bowl and pour 1/2 cup of boiling water over them. Stir the mixture until the flakes dissolve.

Combine cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water to make a paste. Stir the paste into the soap mixture.

Add berry juice until desired color is achieved.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try different juices or tea to create different colors.
  • Berry juice may stain clothing and countertops. Protect clothing and surfaces and have tools on hand to clean up any messes.
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