Homemade Art Supplies

Colorful Creative Salt
1/2 cup salt
5 or 6 drops of food coloring
Wax paper or a microwave-safe bowl and microwave

Add food coloring to the salt and stir well. Cook in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or spread on wax paper to air dry. Store in an air-tight container. Use like glitter.

Silly Putty
1 cup Elmers school glue (this type of glue works the best)
1/2 cup liquid starch
optional- food coloring and or glitter

The first step is to simply put 1/2 cup liquid starch into the bowl.
Now add the glue. Be sure to keep the ratio exactly 1 cup glue to 1/2 cup starch as it can get too sticky.
Now mix it all together. This stage takes awhile.
Just keep mixing and eventually it will come together.
Now is when you add the food coloring and or glitter.
Once it is together enough to handle knead it by hand. If it feels too sticky just add a little more starch.

Rainbow Glue 
~half empty glue bottles
~different colors of tempera paint
~skewers or something to stir the glue with

Pour some paint into the glue bottles (you determine the color by the amount of paint you put in) then stir the paint and glue together. NOTE: don't put the paint into a full bottle of glue

Washable Finger Paint
2 Tbsp sugar
1/3 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
1/4 cup liquid dish soap
Food coloring

In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Gradually pour in the cold water and whisk. Set heat to medium and stir occasionally. Once the mixture begins to bubble, turn heat to low and whisk constantly until mixture is thickened and gel-like. Remove from heat and let cool completely, whisking occasionally.

Once cooled, stir in dish soap. Divide mixture into small airtight containers, one for each color you want to have. Add food coloring into each container and mix well. Use immediately or cover and use later.

Window Paint
-containers for each color
-tempra paints
-dish soap
First start by adding the desired color of paint to the jar.
Now just add a little dish soap.
The more soap you use the thinner the paint will be and the easier it will be to wipe off when it is dry.
We liked a bit more paint then soap since our paints were kind of thin to start with.

Playdough (from Counting Coconuts)
1 cup Flour
1/2 cup Salt
1 tablespoon Cream of Tartar
1 tablespoon Cooking Oil
1 cup Water

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well. Add wet ingredients to bowl and, again, mix well.
2. Add contents to a large pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it forms a ball.
3. The dough is ready when the mixture pulls away from the pan and when the wet parts begin to look dry.
4. Turn the dough onto your countertop and knead it until smooth. It will be quite warm to the touch, so be careful!
5. Add food coloring, glitter, extracts, etc. AFTER the dough has cooled. The color and scents won't "take" as well when the dough is hot/very warm.

4 cups sand
2 cups cornflour (cornstarch)
1 cup of water

Paper Mache
4 cups water
1/2 cup flour
3 TBS sugar

Boil 2 cups water in sauce pan. In a separate bowl mix 2 cups cold water and 1/2 cup flour. Add to boiling water and bring back to boil. Turn off heat and add 3 TBS sugar. Let cool.

Troll Boogers (GAK) - from Come Together Kids

Elmer's glue (4 oz bottle)
Borax (powder found in the laundry aisle)
food coloring

Put 1/2 cup water in a bowl. Pour in the whole bottle of glue and mix together. Add food coloring to make your favorite colors and mix well again.In a separate container (one with a spout for pouring is helpful) heat one cup of water. (I just microwaved it for a minute). Add 1 tbsp of the Borax, and mix well until it dissolves. Add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of Borax to the water and stir until dissolved again. Continue adding 1/2 tsp at a time until no more will dissolve. (I ended up adding 3 or 4). Pour the Borax water into your glue mixture and stir well. It will immediately start to clump together. Continue stirring until you have a glob in the center and liquid around it. Carefully lift out the glob. It'll be really slimy and sticky. Squish it in your hands until it solidifies more. It will lose some of its sliminess and hold its shape more. Pour out the excess liquid.

Don't have Borax or have some allergies? You can make slime with just cornstarch and water.

Sand Clay (use to make the dino fossils)

(Use an old cooking pot for this project.  The sand is obviously abrasive, and can damage the finish on the inside of your pot.)
Combine all in a pot:
1 cup sand
1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water

Mix with an old spoon and place on a medium-hot stove.  Stir and cook until the ingredients liquefy a bit, and then begin to thicken.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.  Mold or cover objects, and allow to harden overnight!