How to make Holi Colour Powder at Home

By Sara . Updated: March 9, 2017
How to make Holi Colour Powder at Home

Holi is celebrated on the last full moon of the lunar month Phalguna (February/March). It is celebrated with a myriad of colours which is why it is called the Festival of colours. It is a festival which breaks boundaries between strangers as you can douse anyone with powder colours and no one will complain! This festival is celebrated mainly to welcome the colours of spring. Splashing wet colours or dousing someone with dry colour has its own charm. But sometime problem ensues when the chemicals in these powdered colours reacts badly with skin and leaves unfriendly rashes all over the body. So, to avoid such situation we bring you the DIY of how to make holi colour powder at home which is natural and absolutely 100 percent safe.

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Red Colour

Dry colour

  • Even though red sandalwood powder is expensive, it is very healthy for skin. It can be used as red colour in holi.
  • Red rose petals or hibiscus petals cab also be used when dried under the sun and powdered after, as they become crisp and can give a beautiful natural red colour.
  • Sinduria, also known as Annato, has a water chestnut shaped fruit which is made of brick red colour. It can be powdered and used as dry red colour.

Wet Colour

  • Boiling the peels of red pomegranate gives a beautiful red colour in the water.
  • Mix a pinch of lime powder with 2 spoons of turmeric and few drops of water. Then dilute it with 10 liters of water to achieve a bright orangish-red colour.
  • Mixing 2 teaspoons of red sandalwood powder in 1 liter of water and then boiling them gives a lovely red colour.
  • Overnight soaking of red hibiscus flowers in water also gives the red colour.
  • Boil wood of Madder tree in water to obtain a deep red.
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Saffron or orange

Dry Colour

  • Tesu Flower or the Flame of Forest is one flower which can be dried and powdered to get dry orange colour.

Wet Colour

  • The flame of the forest, also known as Tesu or Palash can be soaked overnight or boiled in water to obtain a beautiful saffron colour for your holi powder.
  • Soak a few stalks of Saffron or Kesar in 2 tablespoons of water and leave it for few hours. Grind it to make a fine paste and then dilute the paste in water for a fragrant saffron colour.
  • Boil the petals of red Semul or Silk cotton flower in water.
  • Mix a pinch of Sandalwood from Ujjain in one liter water for instant saffron colour.
  • Collect and dry the stalks of Harashringar or Parijatak flower during the early winter season. Soak it in water on the day before holi to obtain the orange colour on the day of holi.
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Dry Colour

  • Mix turmeric powder and besan (gram flour) in the ratio of 1:2 and you will obtain the dry yellow colour. Both turmeric and gram flour are extremely beneficial for our skin. Besan (gram flour) can be substituted with wheat flour(atta), maida(all purpose flour), rice flour and fuller’s earth (multani mitti).
  • Dry and then grind the rind of Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) to obtan a yellow powder.
  • Dry the petals of yellow flowers like Marigold, Yellow Chrysantemums, Black Babul (Accia Arabica) and Amaltas (Cassia fistula) and then crush them to a fine powder. Mix the powder with appropriate quantity of besan or its substitute. Different flowers yield different shades of yellow.

Wet Colour

  • Boil yellow chrysanthemum or marigold flower petals in water and leave it overnight.
  • Add a teaspoon of turmeric to 2 litres of water and stir well to obtain the yellow colour.
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Dry Colour

  • Dry the petals of Jacaranda flowers in shade and grind all of them to obtain the blue coloured powder. However, this flower must be collected and dried in the summer as it only blooms during this season.
  • In the region of Kerala, blue Hibiscus is found. This can be dried and powdered to create the blue powder.

Wet Colour

  • Crush the berries of Indigo plant to obtain a dark blue colour. The powder can be used after diluting it in water. The leaves of some kinds of indigo can give a very rich blue when you boil it in water.


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Dry Colour

  • Mehendi, also known as Henna powder, can be used as dry green colour. It can also be mixed with flour to increase the quantity. Make sure that it is pure henna with no added ingredients.
  • The leaves of Gulmohar tree (Delonix regia) can be dried and finely powdered to achieve a beautiful green colour.
  • Crush the tender green leaves of wheat to get a natural green colour.

Wet Colour

  • Mix 2 teaspoons of pure mehendi powder in one litre of water for a beautiful green colour.
  • Boil the freshly plucked leaves of neem tree for a wet green colour.
  • A fine paste of leaves such as spinach, coriander, mint, tomato leaves etc., can be diluted in water to obtain the natural green colour for your Holi powder.
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Wet Colour

  • Boil the peels of 10-15 pink onions in half a liter of water for the magenta colour. Before using this colour, remove the peel to make sure you get rid of the smell of onion.
  • Soak one sliced or grated beetroot in 1 litre of water. Leave it overnight and achieve a beautiful deep magenta colour powder.
  • Pink Kachnar flowers give the magenta colour if soaked overnight.They can be boiled to achieve your pink powder.
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Dry Colour

  • Mix one part of henna powder with 4 parts of amla powder for the dry brown colour.

Wet Colour

  • Boil tea or coffee in water to get an organic brown colour.
  • Kattha, or Acacia catechu, which is eaten with pan, gives a brownish colour when you mix it in water.
  • Mix henna powder and amla powder in the ratio of 1:4 and dissolve it in water.
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Wet Colour

  • Extract the juice of black grapes and dilute it in water to get naturally black coloured water.
  • Boil dried fruits of Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry in an iron vessel and leave overnight for rich black colour. Dilute it in water and use it for Holi powder.
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Other dry Colours for powder

For other hues of colours which cannot be made naturally, they can be obtained through the following recipe:

  • Gather all the ingredients that include: one cup of cornstarch, 1/3 to ½ cups of water, 1 ounce of food coloring.
  • Mix the corn starch and water in a mixing bowl to create a consistency that doesn't turn into slime.
  • Put on protective gloves so you don't get stained and mix the food color with the cornstarch.
  • Let the mix dry for two days in the bowl.
  • When these 2 days have passed, pour the dried powder in a baking tray in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 350 Degrees. This is done in order to dry up the mixture more. You'll notice cracks will appear in the powder.
  • Blend this mixture in a blender to form powder.
  • Store in an airtight container.


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