Color runs have become increasingly popular over the last few years. They are typically a 5k race (I use the word race loosely). Easy for walkers to join. Everyone wears their old clothes and white t-shirts. Along the way there are color stations. At each station you get dusted with color as you run through. By the end, you are a colorful mess!
Last year I took my kids. They had an absolute blast! It was all they could talk about. When can we do another one?
These runs only typically happen once a year. So why not make the color at home and have our own color fight, color run, or color party?!
I came across the perfect recipe to create our own colorful dust. It’s completely safe, biodegradable, and easy to make. You just need lots of cornstarch and a 1 ounce container of gel food coloring for each color you want to make. Then plan for a tin foil pan (dollar store item) for each color. You will also likely want disposable plastic gloves. Any hardware store should have a box that is inexpensive.
The recipe is as follows (double cornstarch & water – not food coloring – for bigger batch):
- Mix 2 cups of cornstarch & 1 cup of water into a tin foil pan. Use your hands to mix it up really well.
- Mix in the 1 ounce container of food coloring. You will want to wear your gloves to mix this with your hands.
- Place the pans in a dry, safe location so they can dry out. This will take a couple of days. Stir it up with a fork periodically during this time to break up the clumps.
- Once dried out and cracking, blend it in a blender to get a smooth consistency.
When you are ready to use it, keep in mind where you are at. It will make quite a mess. The clothes and shoes you wear should also be old as it may be tough to completely wash out.
Use the mixture to have a color fight in the back yard. Throw it up in the air and stand under it. Better yet, create an obstacle course. Set up color stations to throw it at them as they run by. Take pictures at the end to remember the colorful fun.
Thank you to Dukes & Duchesses for the great recipe!