I’ve been wanting to try this project foreeeevvvver! And when method came to me and said, “Hey, we want you to make the messiest DIY you can think of and not worry about the cleanup,” I was like oh it is ON. Combine that with the fact that we were looking for a fun way to announce the gender of Baby #2 and we had the perfect storm, gang. SO! This post is jam-packed with not only a super rad tutorial on how to make color fight powder, but we’re finally telling whether we’re having a boy or a girl! Be sure to get all the way to the bottom of the post to find out. 🙂 That, and I’m sure you want to see a bunch of gratuitous photos of Ryan and I deep in the throes of a color fight.
- food coloring gel
- baking sheets
- mixing bowls
- food processor
Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Drying Time, Overnight)
Step 1: Measure out your ingredients. Per color, we used 1 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of water. Mix these together thoroughly; I found it easiest to just squish it all with my hands until it was blended.
Step 2: Mix in your food color. Add a bit at a time until you have the desired color — we wanted ours super saturated so we used food coloring gel, rather than drops.
Step 3: Keep mixing different bowls of color until you have all of the shades that you want. Set the bowls of color somewhere to dry where they won’t be disturbed. Leave them to dry until the surface is cracking (ours took a couple of days).
Step 4: Use a fork to break up the dry mixture into large chunks. Place these chunks in a food processor and grind them to as fine a powder as you can.
Step 5: Spread each different color out on a baking sheet. Pre-heat your oven to about 300, turn it off, and place the baking sheets inside for about 15 minutes. This helps remove any remaining water from the powder.
Step 6: Remove the sheets from the oven. If your powder is fine enough to through, great! You’re done. If not, I recommend running the powder through the food processor again to get it as fine as possible. The finer the powder, the more poof you’ll have during your color fight!
So after all of that, obviously our hands were a little dirty. And by a little dirty, I mean filthy and stained and an absolute mess. method’s non-toxic (and heavenly-smelling) hand soap to the rescue! We even used it after the color fight so we could drive home without staining our car. Clean as a whistle. (Side note — we actually used method detergent on our clothes as well, and all of the color powder came out!) Ryan was pretty pumped that my colorful shenanigans didn’t ruin any of our stuff. 😉
“But Chelsea,” I hear you saying, “didn’t you say something about a gender reveal?” Yes, yes I did. And so I’m pretty excited to finally tell you that we’re having a…
IT’S A LITTLE GIRL!!! Oh my gosh a baby girl. I still don’t know what to think. Another crazy, wonderful adventure! But more about that later. Right now, we have a color fight to attend to.
And seriously, if you try this one out be sure to have lots of cleaning supplies handy (particularly hand soap) because it’s bound to get a little messy. And as soon as you start touching things with the powder on your hands it’s everywhere! Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But it makes for a realllllly fun time, in case you can’t tell from the photos of Ryan and I throwing the stuff directly in each other’s faces. What a guy. xoxo
Color fight photos by Scot Woodman
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