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How To Make Paint For Kids

Updated on March 9, 2013

Make Paint For Kids With Household Staples

Did you know you can make paint for kids at home? You probably have most of the supplies you need readily available in your kitchen and bathroom.

So when your children say, "I want to paint." You don't need to run to the store to buy paints, just go to your kitchen cabinet and start mixing colors to make your own paint for kids.

Making paint for kids is a fun inexpensive activity for a kids party too. You could let the children take turns painting each others hands of faces. Alternatively, a grown up could set up a booth for painting and monitor the partygoers.

Painting is a great activity for kids anytime. Finger paints engage several senses such as seeing, touch, and even hearing the squishy sounds of the paint. While face painting with a brush encourages children to learn their colors and practice fine motor skills while having fun.

Watch the videos and see the recipes below to make paint for kids at home.

How to Make Face Paint For Kids

Make Homemade Face Paint For Kids

Homemade Face Paint Recipe

You Will Need

1 tsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. water

1/2 tsp. cold cream

food coloring

In each cup of a muffin tin, mix cornstarch, water, cold cream, and a couple drops of food coloring. A different color for each cup. Stir.

You're ready to have some fun!

How to Make Finger Paints For Kids

Make Finger Paint For Kids

Finger Paint Recipe

You Will Need

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup cornstarch

2 cups cold water

food coloring

Other supplies

4 plastic cups

medium saucepan

Mix the cornstarch and salt together in saucepan. Then add the water and mix. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. The mixture should start to boil and thicken (usually about 5 minutes). Remove from the stove; cool and pour into the plastic cups. Add a little food coloring to each cup.

Supplies For Making Paint At Home

Do You Make Paint For Your Kids?

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    • AlanJC321 profile image


      4 years ago

      Sounds simple to make and fun. Thanks for the great idea!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      I never made face paint, but I got some nice ideas from your lens. I will make soon.

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      5 years ago

      amazing I love it!

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      Why save this great paint for kids: I could use it too! I like crafts that are easy and cheap.

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      John Dyhouse 

      5 years ago from UK

      sounds like fun, and they can help to make it too

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      Rosetta Slone 

      5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      At the moment, my toddler's 'paint' is his food at lunchtime. Avocado, sweet potato & beets make great art! I'll be keeping home-made paint in mind for when he's older, though :)

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      May Matthew 

      5 years ago

      I didn't know you could use cornstarch to mix with food colouring. Nice to know that. Thank you!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I've never made paint before - what a fun idea!

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      6 years ago

      Kids, schmids! I want to make this to play with, myself! What a great idea!

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      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I've made fingerpaint but not face paint - sounds interesting.

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      6 years ago

      I never thought one can make your own paint. Great lens.

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      6 years ago

      I didn't realize how easy it is to make paint! My daughter has sensitive skin so I've never really let her get anything on her face. Now I can make some and she'll be ecstatic!

    • LiliLove profile image


      6 years ago

      I didn't, but I may try it! Thanks for sharing!

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      6 years ago

      @Lee Hansen: very nice

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      6 years ago

      I cant wait to make this! :):):):)

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I have not made homemade paint yet, but now after reading your lens .. :)

    • Loganor profile image


      6 years ago

      My grandmother knew how to do all that kind of thing. We thought she was a genius!

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      6 years ago

      I didn't make paint when my 2 sons were young, I didn't know how.

      If I ever have grandkids, I would make some.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Wish I'd known how to do that when I had kids. No internet around then for reference. Very useful lens

    • KevCooper profile image


      6 years ago

      As a life long crafter and "why should I buy it, I can make it!" guy, I never thought of this, cool.

    • piedromolinero profile image


      6 years ago

      I never did, but how you describe it, it's easier than I thought. And as you know what ingredients are used, it is even better than go and buy the colors in a shop.

    • treasuresabound profile image


      6 years ago

      no but it really sounds and looks easy, so will give it a try tomorrow. Thanks

    • EMangl profile image


      6 years ago

      so far not, but will give it a try - my daughter loves to paint her face (and sometimes mine too)

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      No, but I will now!!!

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      6 years ago from Sweden

      I will show this to my daughter and daugther in law =D

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      6 years ago

      Some great ideas for keeping kids busy. Nice lens.

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Thanks for sharing this recipe for kids face paint. I'd think it would be so much better than purchasing face paint and you'll definitely get a lot more for your money.

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      CelebStyle LM 

      6 years ago

      thanks for sharing!

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Our family loves kid craft recipes made with kitchen supplies!


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