Have Old Sunscreen or Lotion? Make Fingerpaint!

how to make sunscreen fingerpaint
My kids love to paint and I hate to waste stuff.   Every Spring we weed through the cabinet under the bathroom sink and get rid of all the expired lotions and what-not.   Sunscreen isn’t effective if it is old (and one of my kids burns badly – I learned this the hard way!).   So what will we do with all the old lotions and sunscreen?   Make our own Finger Paint!



making sunscreen fingerpaintWhat you need to make your own lotion-based finger paint:

  • Old containers of lotion or sunscreen
  • Tin to hold the paint
  • Food coloring



We used liquid food coloring, but I think the gel colors would have been better, more vibrant.   Maybe we’ll try gel colors next time.   We mixed the dye into the lotion with paintbrushes and then had a blast covering our paper and ourselves with the paint.   The kids had a blast and I loved the way the kids smelled after our craft time!   Made me think summer was already here!

preschoolers sunscreen fingerpainting


  1. You have some FABULOUS ideas!! And I have two bottles of last year’s sunscreen screaming to be used! Yippee!!
    .-= Donnetta´s last blog ..A Keeper on the First Try =-.

  2. We used regular butcher paper. It was only slightly more greasy than regular finger paint, the finished product was kinda gray with swirls of color – I failed to take pictures of the finished product before I threw it out – oops. We have another bottle I discovered in a forgotten beach bag so I’m sure we’ll do this project again.

  3. I love crafts that use up otherwise waste products and this is a great one. We’ve just started having some sunny weather and I know i need to go through our sun lotion to see what is still ok and what not so this is very timely for us!
    .-= Zoe @ Playing by the book´s last blog ..Stories in tune “ The Magic Flute; Part 1 =-.

  4. What a great way to use up old household products. My kids would love to do this. Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Rana´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  5. Such a great idea! Will be sure to be giving this a go & using up our left over sun lotion – thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Thats a great idea.. have 2 tubes from last year, yayy!!

    You have a wonderul blog with lots of fun ideas:)


  7. Really enjoyed your blog post, continue to post.

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