Thursday, April 1, 2010

But Is She Really Thrifty: Homemade FingerPaint

With Easter and Spring in the air I was thinking of what kind of fun things I can make for the kids to play with using what we already have.  I found my boarder-line hoard of old glass babyfood jars and instantly thought about homemade finger paint!  I already had some Wilton (cake decorating grade) food dye that I had out for Easter egg dying.  The recipe is easy and very cheap. And gluten-free!

Finger Paint
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
food coloring
containers for finger paint (I used 6 babyfood jars and had enough for at least one more.  Better yet, you could use an old metal muffin tin)

Put the sugar and the cornstarch in a medium pot. Make sure they're well mixed.  Add the water and set the stove to medium. Stir (I found a wisk helpful) for about 8 minutes. It will get very thick quickly. Don't worry, you'll know when this happens.  While you're still able to pour it, put it into as many different bowls, jars or whatever you want (one color per container).  We used 6 jars and that worked fine enough for us.  Quickly add the food coloring in (I used a chopstick).  Let it cool and let the kids play away!  The dye will stick to their fingers a little and this is not, I repeat NOT, washable. There are plenty of recipes that required at least 1/4 c. of Dawn.  I didn't have a ton of dishwashing liquid to spare, so we skipped it.  My son played with it for about 20 minutes straight and it didn't dye his hands too terribly but, I would avoid playing with the paint the day before family picture day.
It worked great even on printer paper!  My three year old son really had a blast with this! Please forgive the photo quality. My nice camera seems to be MIA, so I found my old clunker. Better than no pictures at all, right? Let me know if you try this paint recipe!


  1. awesome! Thanks so much for the recipe

  2. Thanks so much for the recipe. I am definitely going to try it out.

  3. I have never heard of homemade finger paint. This is awesome!

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  5. Should I refrigerate? Any idea how long this will last?