Easy Non-Toxic Homemade Paint

No paint, no problem! If you want to get creative with your little ones and realise you haven’t got any paint… Or if, like me, the paints you had have now dried up, Fear not!! This craft hack is one of my all time faves and a big hit with kids! Keep reading to see my super easy recipe to make homemade paint using items from your kitchen cupboards!!

non-toxic paint
Non-toxic, homemade paint

4 Ingredient Homemade Paint

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup plain/all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Fine salt
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Food colouring
  • *Few drops of Washing up liquid – Optional – this makes it slightly glossy when dry. *Do not use this if you want to make non-toxic paint suitable for babies age 6months plus. If your little ones might put the paint in their mouth don’t add the washing up liquid.

What to do:

  • Add the flour and salt to a large pan
  • Put on a low/medium heat and slowly add the water.
  • Keep stirring with a whisk until you get a thick smooth texture.
  • Take it off the heat and allow to cool.
  • Separate into tubs.
  • Add food colouring and washing up liquid if using.
  • Add water to get the consistency you want.
  • Store in sealed tubs in the fridge, it will last for a few days. Add a bit of water if it dries out, or flour it its too runny.
Homemade paint

Top Tips

If you don’t have food colouring, get creative… We used turmeric powder to create the yellow paint.

We also didn’t have any paint brushes but I found some old make up brushes and sponges for Mason to use.

Keep your paints in sealed tubs in the fridge when you’re not using them, they can last for up to one week! Add a little water if it dries out, or flour to thicken if needed.

Make the primary colours, red, yellow and blue then help your little ones to mix colours. i.e. yellow and blue will make green, red and green gives you brown, red and blue makes purple, etc.

Happy with homemade paints

In the picture above Mason is decorating salt dough shapes that we made. To see how to make these click here! Quick, easy and fun… AND there’s a no bake option too!

Use What You Have

In an effort to be more sustainable I’m really trying to use what we have in the house and use non-toxic ingredients that are safe for kids. If Ellis (10 months old) accidentally put some of this paint in his mouth it’s not going to harm him. It might not taste pleasant but it’s harmless. Have you tried this paint recipe? Let me know in the leave a reply box below. Have fun getting creative with your little ones.

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