Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Homemade Finger Paint

(Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple)

Yes, this is mostly a cooking blog, for cooking food. But I'm really into all things homemade and when I found out you could make finger paint from ingredients out of the pantry I was super excited and had to try it out.

I'm hosting a Finger Painting party for several of my friends that I met through my local Mom's of Multiples Group. Since I like to do a lot of things homemade or from scratch, I thought, why not finger paint? Talk about cheap. It cost me less than a dollar to make ALL of this paint (I have another 3 cup tubberware (not pictured) that I left white, so I can make some more if one color is popular!) I did buy the fancy squirt bottles on the dollar rack at Target, so that added to the cost. We'll see how it works out tomorrow as far as the painting goes! I got the recipe from THIS website.

Homemade Finger Paint

1 cup cornstarch
6 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
4 cups cold water*
food coloring

In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together to make the finger paint. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. Keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it is smooth and thick. After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove and let the mixture cool.

After cooling, divide the finger paint into storage containers depending on how many colors you would like. Add a few drops of food coloring to each container. Stir the coloring in to the paint to determine the shade of color. You're ready to finger paint! Cover tightly when storing.

** I doubled the original recipe, but then added even more water (for a total of 6 cups), since it seemed too thick to me with less water.

This is what the paint looks like before adding any color.


  1. So glad you posted the recipe! THe picture is fabulous too!
    Thank you so much agiain!!! The girls loved it!

  2. From the other blogs, it looks like the play date and the finger painting was a blast. I finally made the paint today (it took 30 minutes to thicken) and it's beautiful. Thanks for sharing!!! I will let the boys try it out tomorrow. Did you refrigerate yours? Also, I want the recipe for those peanut butter balls if you get your hands on it and it's a success with your girls.

  3. If you made a bunch, you might want to refridgerator it. I made some and colored it immediately, the toddlers all ran through those colors super fast. Then I had some "white" that I hadn't colored. It is sitting on my counter and looks like it's getting moldy :(

    At least it's cheap and easy to make, next time I'll just make a smaller batch! I like it more than the store bought Crayola brand because my colors were more vivid!

  4. Thanks for sharing the recipe. We had tons of fun!


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