Today the boys had a friend over to play and they all wanted to make something artsy. So we whipped up a batch of homemade finger paints and they went to town! If you do decide to give this recipe a try PLEASE BE CAREFUL if your little ones help you make it! This recipe involves boiling water, and cooking on the stovetop! This is not a recipe for children to follow without lots of close grownup supervision. The paint dries semi-transparent and has a very glossy, durable finish. It is very pretty and lots of fun to use. One of the things I like about it is the easy availability of all of the ingredients, no special ordering and waiting for delivery, and it’s cheap too (always a plus in my book!!) You can refrigerate the unused portions for a few days at least. We’ve never had left-over paint for more than a few days (so I’m not sure exactly how long it will last without spoiling), as it disappears quickly around here!
Homemade finger paint recipe tutorial
• ½ cup cornstarch
• 2¾ cup cold water
• 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
• ¼ cup cold water
• Small jars with lids for storing your paint (we find it easier to dip the paint out of teacups)
• Food coloring or poster paints
How we make it:
• Mix cornstarch with 2¾ cups cold water to make a smooth paste in a saucepan until no lumps remain
• Meanwhile soak the gelatin in ¼ cup water to soften until it’s needed
• Cook cornstarch mixture over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture boils and turns clear(ish)
• Remove from heat and stir in gelatin mixture
• Cool and divide into several different jars for various colors. Stir in food coloring (that’s what we used) or poster paint until you have a pleasing color that is well blended.
This recipe makes about 3 cups of paint.