Homemade Scratch N Sniff Paint

My girlfriend came over with her daughter this morning, she needed a haircut and color (I’m a hairstylist for those of you who do not know), and I wanted something simple and fun for our girls to do while I was busy making hair beautiful.  I had seen the idea of making your own Scratch N Sniff paint out of Kool-aid mix from Frugal Family Fun a while back, and it has been in the back of my brain for awhile now.  It finally made it from the back of my brain onto my “Things I Want To Do This Summer Doozy List,” which really helped make it a reality today.

IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!  All you have to do is mix 2 Tablespoons of water to one packet of Kool-Aid mix, and voila…you have Scratch N Sniff paint.  Adding the water and mixing it up is part of the fun, so make sure you let the kids help with this part.  My girls just could not believe how yummy it smelled, and neither could my girlfriend and I.  We kept saying to each other “Wow, that smells so good!”  It smelled like a fruit basket in my house while they were all busy painting their little hearts out.
I thought the end product was beautiful.  I was surprised with how vibrant the colors were, I loved all the different hues.

We put them in my sunroom to dry and I was greeted with a whiff of fruit when I came home later in the day.  I am sure many of these pieces will be cut down to make homemade cards for friends, and we will make sure we write on them “Scratch N Sniff!!”

{this abstract was made by a very special young lady artist I know.  Love you, M!:}

**make sure kids are wearing aprons or old tshirts, and be prepared for stained fingertips.  Not a huge deal, I’m sure it will fade soon:)

***This would make a very fun and unique gift for a child.  Find a basket.  Include a 6 cup muffin tin, 6 kinds of Kool-Aid, 6 paint brushes, some sponges, stencils, paper and directions.  Make a card with directions on it and tie it on with some ribbon. You or your child could even paint a little Happy Birthday message on the front of the card with Scratch N Sniff paint and instruct them to scratch n sniff it!:)
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  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More
    July 6, 2010 at 3:40 am

    This is so sensational I had to include it in my Kids Painting Crafts today. I can’t wait to try it with my grandson. He loves anything paint, but scratch ‘n sniff? Tremendous!

  • Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity
    July 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Hi! You’ve got an awesome blog here. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog sometime. I host a link up party every Tuesday for crafts, activities, recipes and ideas for toddlers. I’d love for you to link up some of your cool ideas:
    Have a great day!

  • Kaysi
    June 24, 2010 at 11:30 am

    What a great idea, I have to try this!! Thanks!

  • Its So Very Cheri
    June 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I love this and will post to my favs list.

    Thanks for posting to the party. I hope you have a fantastic week.
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  • Cheryl
    June 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Very cool. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday & would love if you added the party link:)

  • Funky Junk Interiors
    June 21, 2010 at 6:22 am

    How cool is this?!? Never heard of such a thing. I can sure see how painting would be all the more fun when it smelled pretty. 🙂


  • Lindsay
    June 20, 2010 at 5:20 am

    AWESOME idea!!!! I am going to try that out this week 🙂

  • Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape
    June 20, 2010 at 5:15 am

    what a great idea,sounds like it was a lot of fun for the girls. I’m gonna have to try it with my kids.

  • Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    June 20, 2010 at 4:32 am

    This is a fantastic idea! I will be trying this with my little guy – He is going to love it! TFS – super cool! Hope you are enjoying your weekend! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • Cara
    June 20, 2010 at 3:15 am

    I tried scratch and sniff paint recently with the art playgroup I host. I mixed mine with just a little bit of tempera paint to make the colors even more vivid. This was one of my FAVORITE activities, and the kids all loved it too. Your pictures turned out fabulous!

  • Sarah
    June 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    This is a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • Laura
    June 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on Saturday is Crafty Day!

    Laura @ along for the ride

  • Ellen
    June 19, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Such a great idea!!!

  • amyg
    June 19, 2010 at 2:35 am

    What a great idea! So fun. I’d love to make some up for myself sometime.

  • mother★lode
    June 18, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    We are totally doing this, TODAY! LOVE THE IDEA! Simple, brilliant, fun!

  • erin
    June 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Ahhh – I love it! I am so doing that. Thanks always for the great ideas….also – I ran across this and thought you might enjoy….

  • ~Alison~
    June 18, 2010 at 3:40 am

    This sounds like a really fun idea! Frugal too! Especially when those little packets go on sale! I’ll be remembering this idea for when my daughter is a bit older!

  • Clean Mama
    June 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I LOVE THIS! Great idea!

  • Jen in KS
    June 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I’ve seen how Kool Aid is also used as a fiber dye for wool yarn. It is amazing stuff. Thanks for showing this.

  • Kerri
    June 17, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Your post couldn’t have come at a better time! My son has been asking for scratch and sniff stickers for a few days now and we haven’t been able to find them. He will be so excited about this idea!
    I love too how you cut the kool aid papers as labels for your paint….clever!

  • Erika
    June 17, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Love, love, LOVE this idea!! Thanks so much for sharing! Can’t wait to try it … and give it as a gift idea!

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