12 Recipes for Paint

Make your own paint using common household items with the help of these recipes from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids!

Favorite Kids Craft Ideas

Egg paint

Fizzing sidewalk Paint – this paint is best outside as you get to spray it when you are finished and watch the paint bubble and fizzle.

This is a simple finger paint recipe that we have tried and tested, from Red Ted Art – main ingredients are water and cornstarch.

Bathtub paint – We have made washable paints with both cornstarch & dish soap and with shaving cream – love how the kids clean as they play.

Chalkboard paint – so easy to make!! Use any paint that you have on hand. Add a tablespoon of plaster of paris per cup of paint – you can have any color of chalkboard paint you desire!

Shaving cream paint – explore “marbelization” by mixing colors of paint with this fun kids project.

Freezer “pop” paint – paint with ice cubes of color!

Make puffy paint – the finished product is full of texture!

Color-changing Milk-paint – this is a kids science experiment that keeps on giving. After you watch the colors explode, paint with the remaining milk.

Simple finger paint recipe – the base of this recipe is flour and while it is edible it does not taste good. Great for training kids to not put paint in their mouths.

Paint made from sweetened condensed milk – this is an edible paint that even your youngest tots can enjoy.

Who knew that food was for more than just eating! Paint with chocolate for some yummy fun.

What is your kids’ favorite way to paint?


  1. I need a good recipe for make your own watercolor paint.

  2. Thank you so much Valerie for including our Paint Pops in the round up! I absolutely love your blog and it is so wonderful to be a part of it! Thank you!


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