How to Make Homemade Finger Paints

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I came across this recipe on how to make finger paints that is food based and safe for kids. As many of the store-bought paints are lead based and are not safe for kids in the long run, I choose to make my own finger paints. This homemade finger paint recipe is very simple and inexpensive. Refer to the picture above for the recipe.

My thoughts: You might find your paint thickens a bit more over time. Simply add a little water to thin (or add corn starch to thicken). Paint containers are baby food jars. I hope your kids will enjoy some finger paint fun with these colorful homemade paints!

Paint keeps for about one week.

I first saw this recipe on The Honorable Mention Preschool Blog. You can also find it at Easie Peasie homemade finger paints.

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  1. Eunice Chue says:

    The fingerpaint recipe is great with just natural edible ingredients. Can’t wait to try it out with Aaron. I also shared your recipe with Anna. That’s something that she might want to do with her grandson.

    • Eunice, I’m glad you can use the finger paint with Aaron knowing that it’ll safe if he accidently eats it. Thanks for shaing recipe with Anna too!

  2. wow! Thank you! My son turns two in a few weeks and will love this. I am trying to give him all homemade birthday presents this year, and this will be one of them!

    • Hi Kourtney,
      Thank you for stopping by and to say hello. Homemade paints for 2 two year old sounds like a wonderful idea. He’ll have tons of fun with these paints. Visit again!

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe, I will use it for my toddlers at work. (a daycare center in Sweden)

  4. Fun, I will have to try this! Thanks for linking up with GraceLaced!

  5. Love this! Do you know if it’s washable. I am assuming not with the food dye, but just wondered if anyone was successful in washing it out of clothes. My 2 yr old is very messy, LOL!

    • And my guess is the messier it is, the more fun it is for your 2 yr old. Now that you asked, I don’t remember the details; all I know is that my three kiddos got pretty messy even though they were all covered in my hubby’s over-sized T-shirt. 🙂 But they had a blast. Thanks for stopping by Sarah! Have fun painting with your kiddo!