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How to Make Dauber Ink

Making pearlescent ink allows you to write in unique colors.
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Any regular bingo player can tell you how fast dauber ink is used. The cost of buying a new dauber can add up rather quickly. With some common household items, you can replenish your bingo dauber ink by making a fresh batch in your kitchen.

Pour berries into a strainer and hold the strainer over a bowl.

Use a large spoon or spatula to mash the berries against the strainer so that the juice flows through into the bowl.ok

Add ½ teaspoon of salt to the bowl. Salt prevents mold from growing in the ink.

Add ½ teaspoon of vinegar to the bowl. Vinegar allows the ink to keep its color.

Add up to 1 tablespoon of water to achieve the correct consistency of ink. It should be runny but not so diluted that the pigment is compromised.

Things You'll Need:

  • ½ cup of ripe berries
  • ½ teaspoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Strainer
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Funnel
  • Bingo dauber


You can experiment with different types of berries to produce a variety of pigments. Ink can also be stored in an air tight jar or plastic container. Just be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight, which can fade the ink. This ink can also be used for a variety of craft projects including scrapbooking, caligraphy and drawing.


  • Wear protective clothing, such as an apron and gloves, to prevent staining your clothing and hands.
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