Fun Homemade Edible Finger Paint Recipe

Let’s get messy and make art using our edible finger paint recipe!

We had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint!

It was so much fun painting. We put out a big strip of paper to stop any mess getting on the floors and went to town.

finger painting for kids using homemade edible finger paint recipe
Have some messy fun with our homemade edible finger paint recipe.

How to make finger paint

I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth. I did just a basic flour, salt, and water mixture so that if she decided to have a mid-morning snack it would be OK. The recipe made a lot, so next time we are going to need to have a play date so we don’t waste any paint!

ingredients to make homemade edible finger paint
Gather a saucepan, flour, salt, water, and food dye to make our homemade finger paint recipe.

Ingredients to make our edible finger paint recipe

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of cold water
  • 2 tbs of salt
  • food coloring in assorted colors
  • saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • jars or cups for storing your paint
  • spoon or wood sticks for mixing the paint
  • paper

Instructions for making finger paint

flour water and salt mixed in a saucepan to make edible finger paint
Combine the flour, water, and salt in a saucepan over low heat until combined.

Step 1

Mixed the flour and water in a saucepan and cook over low heat until itsmooth and then. Add in the salt, mix again, then remove from the heat.

make finger paint using a flour and water mixture then food dye to colo rit
Pour your paint base into jars or cups, add drops of food dye and stir.

Step 2

Pour your paint base into jars or cups and set aside to cool. Once cooled, add a few drops at a time of food dye and stir. The more dye you add the brighter (or darker) the color will be.

a boy painting with homemade finger paint in blue and green.
Let’s paint with our homemade edible finger paint recipe.

Step 3

It’s time to get messy and start painting. Kids can use their fingers, or a paintbrush.

Our finished homemade edible finger paint recipe
finger painting with homemade edible finger paint
Make art with our homemade finger paint recipe.
Yield: 1

Edible Finger Paint Recipe

finger painting for kids using homemade edible finger paint recipe

Make homemade edible finger paint for toddlers.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 1/2 cups of cold water
  • 2 tbs of salt
  • food coloring in assorted colors
  • paper

Tools

  • saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • jars or cups for storing your paint
  • spoon or wood sticks for mixing the paint

Instructions

  1. Mix the water and flour in a saucepan over low heat until combined and smooth. Add the salt and stir. Remove from the heat.
  2. Pour the paint base into the jars or cups and set aside until the paint is cool.
  3. Add food dye (a little at a time) and stir to combine. The more color you add the brighter and darker the colors will be.
  4. Start painting.

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Have you made our homemade edible finger paint? What did the kids paint with it?

12 Comments

  1. Homemade paint! Looks like so much fun! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This is such a cute idea! My kids would LOVE this! I cook with mine all the time and we don’t mind messes. I found you via Bowdabra’s link party! I’m entry #59 and #60. Nice to “meet” you!

  3. Do you use a special kind of food coloring so it doesn’t stain?

  4. We tried this and the paint was very watery… Did I do something wrong? Does the mixture have to get really warm? There was no lumps in mine and it was barely warm so we moved on. Maybe it needs the heat to thicken?
    As you mentioned, I would also recommend cutting this recipe in half. My 3 kids didn’t even use half of it .

  5. Thanks for sharing this! Got linked to your site from Inner Child Fun.

  6. Finger painting though a great activity is quite messy so inst it easier for a toddler to do this on a small children’s table? When I taught preschool we always did it standing up at the table, so much easier to clean

  7. I cut the recipe down to a quarter batch. I added a lot more flour too. If you want more of a pancake batter consistency. Use 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 C. flour, 1-1/4 C. Water and 1tbs salt.

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