Make your own DIY natural holi powder from scratch with cornstarch and fruits & vegetables!
I’ve always wanted to make a holi powder photoshoot with my dog. But I didn’t want to use store-bought holi powder because it’s expensive and I don’t know what’s in it. And as I often make homemade natural food coloring, I thought why not make my own DIY natural holi powder from scratch with fruits and vegetables. Making DIY natural holi powder is cheap, easy and so fun!
All you need to make your own DIY natural holi powder is cornstarch and fruits and vegetables! This DIY natural holi powder is 100% biodegradable, non-toxic, eco-friendly and even edible!
How To Make DIY Natural Holi Powder From Scratch
- various fruits, vegetables and flowers – such as red cabbage, beetroot, hokkaido pumpkin, kale and butterfly pea flower tea
After you’ve extracted the natural coloring (recipes below), mix the cornstarch with just enough natural coloring so that the cornstarch doesn’t become too wet. I like to use the back of a spoon to mix the cornstarch and coloring. Stir until the mixture is thoroughly combined, then let the DIY holi powder dry at room temperature for about one or two days. Crush the powder from time to time with the back of a spoon.
Natural Yellow Holi Powder
Whereas natural yellow holi powder is usually made with turmeric, I used hokkaido pumpkin which worked perfectly! Instead of a hokkaido pumpkin, you can also use carrots.
- cooked and pureed hokkaido pumpkin (or carrots)
Dice the hokkaido pumpkin, cook until tender, then puree. Mix the pumpkin puree with cornstarch.
Natural Pink Holi Powder
You can make natural pink holi powder either with cherry juice or raw beetroot.
- cherry juice or raw beetroot juice
Cover cherries with water and cook for about 20 minutes to extract the dye. Color the cornstarch with cherry juice.
Or grate a raw beetroot and extract the dye using a stainless steel mesh sieve. Color the cornstarch with raw beetroot juice.
Natural Red Holi Powder
While raw beetroot turns cornstarch baby pink, boiled beetroot turns cornstarch a pinkish red.
- boiled and pureed beetroot
Dice the beetroot, cook until tender, then puree. Mix the beetroot puree with cornstarch.
Natural Green Holi Powder
You can make natural green holi powder either with kale or red cabbage.
- curly kale or red cabbage + baking soda
Cover curly kale leaves with water and cook for about 10 minutes, then puree. Mix the kale puree with cornstarch.
Or add a little baking soda to the natural purple holi powder made with red cabbage until the purple turns dark green. If you add a little more baking soda, the dark green turns yellowish green.
Natural Blue Holi Powder
While you can also make natural blue dye with red cabbage, here I used butterfly pea flower tea to make natural blue holi powder.
- 1 teabag butterfly pea flower tea
Cover the teabag with boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes. Color the cornstarch with the blue tea.
Natural Purple Holi Powder
Natural purple holi powder is made with red cabbage. To make natural dye, I like to use the limp outer leaves of the red cabbage that you’d throw away anyway.
- red cabbage
Cut the red cabbage into fine strips and cook for at least 30 minutes to extract the color. Dye the cornstarch with the purple liquid.
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