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Easy Homemade Finger Paint

Easy Homemade Finger Paint

A fun finger painting project can turn a dull afternoon into a creative, memorable activity — but why stop there? You can make your own finger paint! Homemade finger paint is easy to make, saves money and your kids can even pick their own colors. We tried two different recipes with slightly different results.

Flour Finger Paint Recipe

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • Food coloring
  • Small containers

Flour Finger Paint Recipe - DIY homemade fingerpaint

Instructions

Mix the flour, sugar and water until smooth in a small pan over medium heat, stirring continually until the mixture thickens.

Make flour finger paint with your kids

DIY homemade fingerpaint with flour

Pour the homemade finger paint mixture into small containers — 1 container for each color you want to make.

DIY homemade fingerpaint with flour and food coloring

DIY homemade finger paint for kids

Add several drops of food coloring to each container and mix until thoroughly combined. Kids can use a brush or their fingers to create art with this colorful homemade finger paint!

DIY homemade finger paint with cornstarch

Cornstarch Finger Paint Recipe

  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • Food coloring
  • Small containers

DIY homemade finger paint cornstarch recipe

Instructions

Mix the cornstarch, sugar, salt and water until smooth in a small pan over medium heat. Stir continually for several minutes until the mixture thickens.

Pour the mixture into small containers — 1 container for each color you want to make.

DIY homemade finger paint made with cornstarch

Add several drops of food coloring to each container and mix until thoroughly combined.

DIY flour or cornstarch finger paint

Flour vs. Cornstarch Paint Comparison

The flour-based finger paint looked smoother at first but got a little pasty over time. However it also maintained the most paint-like consistency and was easily spreadable even the next day. This paint was the best option for spreading with a paintbrush and saving the artwork.

Fun and colorful DIY homemade fingerpaint

Flour-based finger paint creative kids activity

The cornstarch-based finger paint looked a lot like gelatin and got globy as it dried. This finger paint would be ideal for toddlers who love mushing the paint with their hands, since it has a gooey texture.

DIY homemade finger paint make any color!

Make any color with cornstarch-based finger paint!

We even added some glitter to our homemade finger paint! The flour-based finger paint lasted longer when stored overnight. The cornstarch-based finger paint got pretty chunky but was still fun for squishing around on the paper.

DIY homemade finger paint preschool activity

Making homemade finger paint is a great activity to do with kids when it’s overly hot or rainy outside. Or if the weather is nice, kids can paint outside to minimize the clean-up.

Easy DIY homemade finger paint kids activity

Painting with homemade finger paint is a fun and creative activity for toddlers and preschoolers!


To dry your kid’s finger paint artwork, simply shake off any paint globs and air dry the paper over night. These homemade finger paint recipes make paint that is water-soluble. We hope you enjoy this fun and creative preschool project!

Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.

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