15 Easy Homemade Paint Recipes for Kids

We have lots of homemade paint recipes for you today! These fun DIY paints for kids are easy ways to make paint at home.

The great thing about the homemade paint ideas on this list, is that you likely have the ingredients in your kitchen cabinets right now. Making paint at home also allows you to control the ingredients you use.

15 ways to make homemade paint for kids with water paints, squeeze paints, finger paints, pour paints with sparkles and are red, orange, blue, green, yellow.
Let’s make paint at home! It is easier than you might think…

Best Homemade Paint Recipes

Painting is such a fun activity for children. Who doesn’t love getting messy and making art. A lot of times though, paint can be toxic or not safe for kids, especially smaller kids.

Which of course is not good, but also hinders the exploration of art for little ones, which is why homemade paints are so great. You know what is going into them.

So we have gathered 15 awesome ways to make homemade paint recipes for kids that include kid-friendly finger paints for toddlers.

Make Water Color Paint at Home

DIY Water Colors from Nature

This recipe shows you how to make natural paint at home using flowers! These natural watercolor requires heated water, flowers, and a rolling pin. The colors are so vibrant!

homemade watercolor paint recipe for kids - shown in an egg carton with a painted flower
Let’s paint with homemade paint!

Homemade Watercolor Paint Recipe

This watercolor paint recipe is made for kid-friendly ingredients. It is also safe for little ones who stick their fingers in their mouth. It makes silky, colorful, paint that can create the most beautiful of masterpieces.

Marker Watercolor Paint Recipe

Watercolor marker art is actually a way to make homemade watercolor paint with the markers that your child already uses. It makes a very kid-safe paint (with kid-safe markers).

Homemade Edible Paints for Kids

Edible Sensory Paint

Here is the edible sensory paint! This is safe for babies and toddlers to taste while they create art. This paint is a thicker pain, but just as fun! You can also turn it into colored gel dough to play with as well.

Starburst Homemade Paint

Use up leftover Halloween candy by turning it into your very own paint. Starburst candy paint comes in gorgeous colors and smells incredible, combining art and sensory play in one recipe.

Spice paint recipe - edible paint recipe for kids to learn about colors and tastes - shown are two kids painting pictures with homemade spice paint
Let’s paint with homemade spice paint…it smells so good!

Spice Paint Recipe

This homemade spice paint recipe is genius for kids to taste and paint…they can learn about colors and spices all at the same time. This is one of my favorite because has simple ingredients.

Homemade Paint Recipes For Toddlers

All-Purpose Toddler Paint Recipe

This homemade paint recipe is made for basic kitchen ingredients. It uses things like flour, water, dish soap, and food coloring. It makes vibrant paint that you can use with brushes or it makes great homemade finger paints for toddlers. This would also be a great finger paint recipe for preschoolers too.

bathtub tile shown painted with homemade bath paint in the colors of a rainbow
Let’s paint the bathtub!

Homemade Bath Paint Recipe

This homemade bathtub paint was one of the very first types of paint I ever made at home. The bonus of any type of art project done in the tub is it is super easy to clean up {giggle}. Just be warned that this does involve food colouring so test it out first.

Creative Homemade Paint Recipes

Homemade Scratch and Sniff Paint

Remember how popular scratch and sniff stickers were in the 80’s and 90’s? Now you can make scratch and sniff paint! You can create beautiful art that smells great. It too uses all kid-friendly ingredients.

DIY Frozen Smoothie Paint Recipe

This cold paint is so much fun to play with in the summer. Despite its name, it is not edible. But this frozen smoothie paint makes great homemade finger paints for toddlers as well.

Confetti Paint Recipe

Make your own homemade paint with sparkles! This confetti paint recipe also doubles as a sensory play idea. The paint is puffy and jelly like with different sequins and sparkles in them. It’s gooey and sparkly, perfect!

Egg yolk and chalk homemade paint recipe shown in progress of being made with egg yolks on top of brightly colored chalk in a muffin tin
This is a traditional paint recipe that dates back to early art!

Egg and Chalk Paint Recipe

This egg and chalk paint recipe is not meant for small children who still put their hands or brushes in their mouths as it requires raw egg yolk and raw egg whites. It sounds weird, but combining it with powdered chalk creates vibrant paint that dries with a gorgeous jeweled finish.

Homemade Glowing Paint

This homemade glowing paint for kids is so much fun! This is one of my favorite homemade paint recipes. It is kid-friendly and a great night time activity that creates the coolest art. Paint with it, squirt it out of the bottle, it is so cool. You will need a black light for this activity though.

Scented Kool Aid Sand Paint

This scented kool aid sand paint recipe will also double as a sensory activity as well. This paint is textured, smells good, and can be used with brushes, poured, or as homemade finger paints for preschoolers.

Kool Aid Puffy Paint

Puffy paint was super popular in the 90’s and now you can make kool aid puffy paint at home. While it may be tempting to eat this paint, remember that this also contains a lot of salt. Don’t worry, you don’t need a lot of puffy paint ingredients.

Homemade Finger Paint Ideas

three brightly colored containers of homemade fall finger paint in green orange and red from Learn Play Imagine Blog
Fun fall homemade paint recipe from Learn Play Imagine

Fall Finger Paint Recipe

This fall finger paint recipe is great for the fall season. Why? Because it has lovely gold sparkles like the leaves and it smells like fall with it’s pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

Homemade Finger Paint

This homemade finger paint recipe is great for toddlers and preschoolers. It is made with ingredients in your kitchen and are a fun thick paint that can be used with brushes if your little one isn’t a fan of the texture.

Homemade Sidewalk Paint Recipes

Scented Sidewalk Chalk Recipe

This is another small child friendly recipe. While it technically is edible, it may not taste the best, but it is still a fun outside activity. Put the homemade scented sidewalk chalk paint in squeezy bottles and let the art creating begin!

homemade fizzy sidewalk paint recipe for kids from Kids Activities Blog - girl painting a picture with fizzy sidewalk paint
I love when homemade paint fizzes!

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint Recipe

Make this super fun fizzy sidewalk paint recipe that is sure to please. It is something that kids of all ages (OK, me too) will enjoy and it will keep them outdoors playing for hours!

More Painting Fun from Kids Activities Blog

Painting with coloured ice pops

Now that you have all these homemade paint recipes, you need things to paint and paint activities! We have them! This would be a great time to test our your easy homemade paint recipes too!

  • This is another fun outdoor activity, perfect for hot days! Skip the paint brush, this ice painting will make your sidewalks a work of art. This could be your next DIY project!
  • Try out some of your diy paint recipes for kids with this sponge painting. We have so many sponge painting ideas for you to try out.
  • Sometimes we really don’t want to deal with the mess of painting. No worries, we have this awesome mess free finger paint which is a good idea for toddlers!

Which was your favorite homemade paint idea for kids?

One Comment

  1. Thank you for this information! I wanted to make some homemade paint with my kids, but didn’t know where to start. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. I’m very glad to see such fantastic info on how to make paint for kids being shared freely out there.

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