Scratch ‘n Sniff Watercolors

Scratch 'n Sniff Watercolors | Homan at Home


I’m really excited about this project today. These scratch ‘n sniff watercolors are so easy, but they’re out-of-this-world fun. With only two ingredients, they’re super simple, but they really work!

The colors are bright and vibrant (except the purple, which looks sort of black until it dries into a lovely, light lavender. Go figure). The smell is really fun, like a fruit basket hanging around. I love that you can both smell them while painting, and then you can scratch your painting later to bring back those lovely aromas. It’s really, really exciting. Even for me. And I’m an adult. 

Scratch 'n Sniff Watercolors | Homan at Home


I used a muffin tin to keep my colors separate, but you could use little cups for this. Anyway, enough stringing you along. You’re here for the recipe, and here it is!

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Scratch 'n Sniff Watercolors

Vibrant watercolor paints that smell like fruit when they dry!


  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • Mix Kool-Aid and water together well.
  • Paint with mixture and allow to dry. Scratch painted area to release scent.
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You can make the full rainbow with the Kool-Aid flavors out there. Here’s the colors I used:

Red = Cherry 

Orange = Orange

Yellow = Lemonade

Green = Green Apple

Blue = Blue Raspberry

Purple = Mixed Berry (I’m thinking Grape might give you a better purple, but Walmart was out. Sigh)

Note: Kool-Aid stains, so watch out for kids’ clothes while doing this project. I stripped my little one down, but this would be an excellent project to wear smocks for!

Did you give this project a try? Let us know how it went by leaving a comment below!

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