Nurturing a child's creative side doesn't have to involve spending hundreds of dollars on art supplies. Making homemade paint is an excellent way to let children create masterpieces using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.
Edible Paint for Babies
For your littlest artists who love to stick everything in their mouths, edible paint is a great choice. This simple recipe is tasty, colorful, and lots of fun.
- Plain yogurt with no chunks of fruit or granola, or vanilla pudding
- Food coloring
- Solid-colored plastic plate or other painting surface
- Add food coloring to yogurt or pudding.
- Mix well.
- Help your baby finger paint with the colored yogurt or pudding on your painting surface. Try mixing paint colors together to see what happens.
Squeezable Paint for Toddlers
If you have a toddler who prefers squeezable paint to painting with a brush, this recipe is a much cheaper alternative than buying paints from a craft store. It is nontoxic, although it does not taste particularly appealing if a child decides to sample a bit.
- 1/2-cup flour
- 1/2-cup salt
- 1/2-cup water
- Food coloring
- Three 2-ounce plastic squeeze bottles
- Mix 1/2-cup of flour with 1/2-cup of salt.
- Add 1/2-cup of water. Mix well.
- Add food coloring as desired. Mix well. The paint should have a slightly grainy texture.
- Add paint to plastic squeeze bottles.
Liquid Watercolors From Old Markers
If your children have a lot of markers that are starting to dry out, here's a thrifty way to turn these old art supplies into something new.
- Dried out markers
- Glass baby food jars or small mason jars with lids
- Sort markers into groups of similar colors. For example, orange, yellow, and peach should be grouped together.
- Pour a small amount of water into each jar.
- Place uncapped markers in jar with the tips totally submerged in the water.
- Leave markers in jar for three to five days to give the pigment time to leech into the water.
- When you are satisfied with the intensity of the color, remove the markers and seal the jars. Use as you would any other watercolor paint.
Solid Watercolor Paint
If you prefer solid watercolor paint, this recipe makes a pretty palette of colors in an ice cube tray for convenient storage.
- 1- cup baking soda
- 3/4-cup white vinegar
- 2-tablespoons corn syrup
- 1-cup cornstarch
- Mixing bowl
- Food coloring
- Ice cube tray
- Pour baking soda in mixing bowl.
- Slowly add vinegar. Do not pour all at once or your mixture may bubble over.
- When the mixture has stopped bubbling, mix together with your whisk.
- Add corn syrup and corn starch. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into compartments of ice cube tray.
- Add food color to each compartment to make the desired colors. Mix well.
- Let paints dry before using. It can take up to two days.
DIY Organic Paint
If your reason for making paint is related to your desire to avoid potentially harmful chemicals in your party supplies, DIY organic paint recipes are not difficult to find. Organic Finger Paints has two paint recipes to try. Both require the use of a stove to boil water, so please provide plenty of adult supervision avoid injury.
Homemade Face Paint
For costume parties, school plays, and other dress up occasions, homemade face paint helps kids indulge their fantasy of transforming into pirates, princesses, dragons, and more. Homemade Face Paint has recipes for three simple nontoxic face paints. Homemade face paint can be removed using soap and water or any gentle makeup remover.
Memories That Last a Lifetime
When making DIY paints and other craft supplies, you're doing more than just saving money. Children love to learn how to create something from nothing, so showing them how to make their own art supplies is a special way to make memories that will last a lifetime.