Kool-Aid is an American institution. Apart from a slightly unfortunate association with mass ritual suicide, Kool-Aid is what we reach for when we want liquid refreshment.
However, Kool-Aid turns out to be far more versatile than we had ever imagined. In fact, drinking it seems like a waste when you find out just what else you can do with it.
So, check out our collection of incredible DIY ideas for using Kool-Aid at home. You can't drink all of these ideas, but you will get hours of fun from them, we promise. They're absolutely awesome.
1. Cool, Refreshing Kool-Aid Sherbet
Butter With A Side Of Bread
This is as easy as can be. Take a pack of Kool-Aid, add one cup of sugar, one cup of milk and blend furiously then freeze them for two hours until they are almost set. Finally, remix with an electric mixer and freeze solid. Serve and enjoy.
2. Crazy Colors Of Lip Gloss
The Krazy Coupon Lady
Colored lip gloss is great and simple to make. Add Kool-Aid to Vaseline and microwave on full for 30 seconds (don't let the Vaseline liquify completely). Then put in any container you like.
3. Brilliant Bath Salts
Take a pack of Kool-Aid and mix with two cups of Epsom salts. Then add them to your bath as needed. This should be enough for more than one bath.
4. Play Dough With No Effort
These are great for kids' modeling ambitions. Take two packs of Koolaid, 3/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of salt, one teaspoon of Cream of Tartar, and a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix them together, microwave for one minute, then stir it and knead the dough to the desired consistency.
5. Super Hair Dye That Washes Out Easily
Double Duty Mommy
Add three packets of Kool-Aid to one cup of boiling water. Mix it up and then carefully, submerge hair in the water (don't forget that it is hot). Then bring out and resubmerge. Repeat as necessary. DO NOT rub the hair.
6. Creative Kool-Aid Watercolors
Do Small Things With Love
Kool-Aid makes for a good watercolor paint, but... it's much runnier than ordinary watercolor paint. If you want to make nice things, you trace what you want to paint with glue on the paper first - which provides borders for each color and prevents them all running into each other.
7. Super Kool-Aid Slushies
These are great on a hot day. It takes two cups of ice water, one pack of Kool-Aid, 1/4 cup of sugar and a tray of ice cubes. Throw them in a blender together and serve.
8. Kool-Aid Mad Meringues
Smart School House
You need to beat four egg whites with one cup of sugar and 1/2 a teaspoon of Cream of Tartar. Then add Kool-Aid packets and then cook in the oven as you would any other meringue.
9. Amazing Kool-Aid And Jell-O Popsicles
Super Coupon Lady
Mix one pack of Jell-O, one pack of Kool-Aid, 1/2 cup of sugar with two cups of boiling water and then add two cups of cold water and mix again. Pour into popsicle molds, add popsicle sticks and freeze.
10. Watermelon Moon Sand
Growing A Jeweled Rose
Make your kids' sandbox a more interesting place to play. Take four cups of play sand, two cups of cornstarch, 1/2 cup of water and one pack of watermelon Kool-Aid and combine.
11. Edible, Safe Kid's Slime
Growing A Jeweled Rose
For this, you need a cup of water, one tablespoon of Metamucil and 1/2 a pack of Kool-Aid for coloring. Mix everything together, then microwave for two minutes, stir and repeat. When it cools, it's ready to play with!
12. Kool-Aid Paper Dyeing
This is pretty simple -- take some white cotton notepaper and dip it into a strong Kool-Aid liquid mix. Then leave the paper to dry before using.
13. Easy No-Bake Candy Dots
This Grandma Is Fun
All you need for these is 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and an egg white. Then mix the lot with an electric mixer for five minutes. Split into four plastic bags and add 1/4 teaspoon of Kool-Aid flavoring to each. Mix each bag's contents then snip off a corner and slowly squeeze dots out of each bag. Then leave them overnight to harden.
14. Dye For Unfinished Wood
Krazy Koupon Lady
This is really simple. Take a very strong Kool-Aid solution (use much more Kool-Aid than you would drink) and then pop unfinished wood in it to soak for 24 hours.
Snow Cone Mix
If you like snow cones, mix sugar (1.5 cups) to water (one cup) in a medium pan and boil. Then let it cool and add one pack of Kool-Aid mix. Then pour it into a jar until you want to use the mix.
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