Color Runs are huge right now. Tons of people have participated in these fun runs because they’re, well, FUN! Kids especially love the explosion of color powder that happen at these events, so why not bring the fun to your backyard with DIY Colored Powder. However, every recipe I found for Colored Powder takes DAYS to create. What?! This mama does not have days to let powder sit around and dry, so I came up with a recipe that can be made in about 1 hour and 15 minutes!
Since sharing this recipe I’ve had tons of people reach out in the comments, via email and on social media telling me how they’ve used this recipe for their gender reveal parties. How cool is that? If you’re planning on a gender reveal and want a fun way to do so – this powder could be just the trick! The most common theme has been adding it to balloons.
Fast Drying DIY Colored Powder Recipe
- 2 cups Corn Starch
- 1/2 jar Icing Coloring (.5 ounce)
- 3/4 cup Water
- Rubber Gloves are recommended
Preheat oven to 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pour 1 cup corn starch into a mixing bowl.
Add in a 1/2 jar of icing coloring in the color of your choice. I used Wilton brand from the cake section at Walmart. Liquid food coloring can also be used, but the colors won’t get as vibrant. If you do use liquid food coloring, put in about 50 drops.
Pour in 3/4 cup water and mix.
Slowly pour in the rest of the corn starch and continue to mix.
Bake in oven for 60 minutes, stirring mixture every 20 minutes.
Place the powder in a jar or baggies until ready to use.
Playing with Colored Powder
What can this DIY Colored Powder be used for at home? Set up a family color run with the kids – or make it an obstacle course! Think climbing things, crawling under things – kids LOVE obstacle courses. Check out the simple one we made for my sons Army Birthday Party if you need ideas.
I set up our color run for around the house and used a sprinkler as the finish line. Right after the kids jumped through the sprinkler I showered them with powder for an extra bright finish! After our Backyard Color Run, the kids had a color war! It was so fun to watch and they were giggling away the whole time. Feel free to wear swimming goggles to protect eyes! The kids wore white shirts so that the color really showed up and they are already asking when we can do it again. I was a little worried about my kids walking away stained, since I came up with this quick dry recipe, but no skin was stained when all was said and done! We did hit the showers afterwards to clean up entirely though!
FYI: I washed my sons shirt immediately afterwards and it was clean as a whistle when it came out.
Wouldn’t this make a super fun family photo shoot idea? Take some nice pictures before the crazy color action and then photograph the whole she-bang!
Check out our Color War: