Homemade Finger Paint

I have great memories of wearing a large mans shirt over my clothes as a child – getting ready to finger paint!

So I was delighted when I recently found a recipe for Homemade Finger Paint that I really love! I’d tried a few before – but they didn’t seem to be quite the right consistency for traditional Finger Paint. The bonus is – that this particular recipe takes very few ingredients and is super easy!

My toddler loves anything to do with drawing or art, and Finger Paints are a wonderful excuse to make an artistic mess…so naturally she is a fan! Hope you enjoy this Recipe for Finger Paint as much as we do!

Homemade Finger Paint Recipe


Ingredients for Homemade Finger Paint

  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups cold water
  • food coloring


Instructions for Finger Paint

homemade finger paint collage

1) In a medium pan, mix all the ingredients together. Cook over low heat 10 to 15 minutes. It’s very important that you keep stirring the finger paint mixture until it the moment that it turns from thin – to thick. The picture above shows the ,mixture thin, and below in its thickened state.


2) After the finger paint has thickened take the pan off the stove immediately, and let the mixture cool. I split the mixture in four different bowls to cool.


3) In each bowl, I used several drops of food coloring to create the primary colors. Be aware that if you want true red you will need to use extra drops of red in that bowl. Otherwise the red and white mixture will create a very vibrant pink. My toddler LOVED the pink color- so we kept it that shade:)


4) I used empty vegetable baby food containers to put the Finger Paint in. I recommend them because they come with tops, that are great for storage.


-Finger paint will keep in airtight container for about 3 days. After that the mixture will start to harden. And then it’s time to whip up another batch!

homemade finger paint duo collage


One of my favorite things about making your own Finger Paint is that you know what you put in it. It’s non toxic, and if a young child has a tendency to get their fingers in their mouths you know that they are not ingesting chemicals or anything not food grade. Plus its a great chance to talk about colors, learning the names as well as the colors that you can create by mixing primary colors together. Want to make other art supplies? What about making your own Play Dough or Watercolor Paints?

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