Here's How to DIY Rainbow Boba at Home

Bubble tea fans, you have come to the right place.

If you love boba—those chewy tapioca balls added to your drink—as much as we think you do, you've probably spent a pretty penny on them.

Well, spend no more. We're here to teach you exactly how to make these beautiful squishies right at home. And what's the best part about this? We're making our boba in rainbow colors!

Head to the kitchen and scroll below for all the deets!

Before you can get started you'll need to gather the following ingredients and supplies:

Ingredients for making your own boba at home

  • A bag of tapioca flour—I found mine at Whole Foods, but you can also find it cheaper at an Asian market
  • A bag of brown sugar
  • Food coloring in your desired hues
  • A saucepan and 5-6 cups of water
  • A mason jar
  • Four bowls
  • A measuring cup/spoons
  • Milkshake straws for slurping up the boba—I found mine at Ralph's

Once your ingredients are prepped, find a working space in your kitchen and get ready to begin!

Start by filling up four bowls with a 1/2 cup of tapioca flour and 2 tbsp of brown sugar in each (the brown sugar is meant to sweeten the boba balls so they're more enjoyable to drink).

If you plan on making more than four colors of tapioca balls, you'll need to make sure you have a bowl for each one.

Measuring out tapioca flower into bowls

After you've filled your bowls, grab a parent and ask them to bring 5-6 cups of water to a boil.

Once your water is boiling, carefully add 2 tbsp of water to each bowl and stir.

If the mixture doesn't feel wet enough, continue to add hot water until it's easy to blend.

Now the fun part—food coloring! I added approximately five drops of color to each of my bowls. Don't they look pretty ????:

Tapioca flower with food coloring in it

Next is where things start to get a lil' bit messy. One by one, scoop up each mixture and begin to roll them into balls.

I added some tapioca flour to my hands so that the dough wouldn't stick.

Colorful tapioca balls

Next, you'll want to divide each of your dough balls into several little pieces so that you can create your smaller boba balls.

All my boba balls were various sizes, but if you want them to be equal in size, cut your dough into even squares and then roll them up from there.

Colorful small tapioca balls

With a parent's help, drop the boba balls into your boiling hot water and let them sit uncovered for 20 minutes.

Boiling colorful tapioca balls

Once 20 minutes have passed, turn your heat off and let them sit for 20 more minutes covered. 

After patiently waiting for your boba to cool off, place them in a bowl of ice cubes and let them cool for another 20 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how vibrant my tapioca balls turned out! ????

Tapioca balls cooling in ice

After much anticipation, you can finally scoop your boba balls out of the ice bowl and into a mason jar.

Now's where you can get creative with your drink choice.

Mason jar filled with colorful boba

Add in whatever beverage you choose. I recommend iced tea with milk, coffee with almond milk, or even just milk.

Below are my two drinks of choice—on the left is an iced coffee with almond milk, and on the right is plain almond milk.

Boba coffee and milk drink

Now all that's left to do is slurp up your creation and enjoy! ????


Do you love all things colorful? Then you definitely have to head over HERE and check out this tutorial where we teach you how to make unicorn-inspired sunglasses.