Easy Homemade Finger Paint

This DIY Easy Homemade Finger Paint Recipe will have your kids painting like pros in no time..and on the cheap!


Easy Homemade Finger Paint

Have you ever had a day that would be perfect to give your kids paper, brushes and paint to just create while you did something like laundry or fixed dinner but when you went to the craft cabinet there was no paint?  Here is an Easy Homemade Finger Paint solution for that problem.  With just a few ingredients and minimal steps to create practically any kitchen will have the tools on hand to give your child a cheap and easy paint for whatever his or her upcoming project may be.


  • ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ Cup Salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Food Coloring of Choice

In a medium saucepan whisk together flour, salt and water and heat over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until starts to thicken.  Remove from heat and pour mixture into small containers (1 container/bowl/cup per color you wish to make).  Drop 1-2 droplets of food coloring in each container and stir/whisk until blended.  More food coloring makes for darker and brighter colors.



  • Food Coloring can dye hands so if giving to children you may wish to give them latex or plastic gloves to wear if using as finger paint.  If you don’t mind them having multi-colored fingers for a day or two no worries.  But always make sure they are painting on a surface that is covered well with newspaper, cloth or butcher paper to prevent stains and that they are wearing a paint smock or old clothes to protect their clothing.
  • Add water in ½ cup increments to thin mixture to be used as water colors or traditional paint with a paintbrush for older children.
  • If using a thinner mix you may want to make larger quantities and invest in these plastic bottles for storage.  This is especially handy for those who babysit, homeschool or own a childcare center.  Cleaned and dried empty condiment squeeze bottles also make great containers.

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