Scratch N Sniff Painting

We had some leftover unsweetened powdered drink mix that was several years old — I’m not kidding! It probably would have been okay to drink, but instead we made scratch n sniff paint with it. I lightly penciled in some fruit pictures for Emily to paint.

It made very vibrant colors, and the pictures smelled soooooo fruity when they were done. Here’s how to make your own scratch n sniff paint — Mix a packet of unsweetened powdered drink mix (like KoolAid) with about 2 tablespoons of water. Stir with a paintbrush and start painting!
If I was smart about this, I would have made up the paints in empty baby food jars to save the leftover paint for other projects. We dumped this batch after it was done, but I will definitely save the next batch.
Oh, and last night we had a fun family table hockey tournament. I have a feeling that coffee table is going to stay that way for awhile!


  1. Nightowl Mama says

    Looks like your daughter had a fun time to. Great pictures and smells yummy to. How could you go wrong? Luv your ideas. Thank for the tips.(clicking on my way out)

  2. Thanks so much! I think we will be doing more of this sort of thing… Emily was very proud of her pictures and couldn’t wait to show her daddy. 🙂

  3. I’m guessing it wouldn’t work to save the paint anyway. It would probably mold very quickly.

  4. Clicked over from Flipflops and Applesauce. Thanks for sharing! I’ll be linking on OCP!

  5. Super Fun Mama says

    Very neat idea!

  6. magical-mama says

    My kids love Scratch N Sniff painting too. A couple of years ago we did Halloween pictures with orange and grape Kool-aid since the grape is dark like black if you don’t dilute it much. We make Kool-aid playdough too and that’s fun and great smelling.

  7. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    This is going in my craft-a-day box Christmas gift for my nieces – thanks!