Easy Homemade Paint Recipe – great arts and crafts project for kids!

As the weather warms up, so do my kids' spirits. I'm tellin' ya, I don't know what it is about nice weather…it makes my kids
just. plain. bored.
We did a fun craft project the tother day,
 (whoa, did I just say the “C” word?) 
that I just HAD to share with you!
It's DANG easy,
(so easy, in fact, I was able to do the entire project while holding this little hunk-o-love)
really fun,  and it actually entertained my kids!  (…for about 10 minutes, but that is no minor miracle.)
Thanks to THIS pin I found on Pinterest.

Here's what you do:

Take 1C corn starch, and 1C water…
and mix it up. I had this happy little guy do it for me.
(that's how easy it is!)
Priya tried her hand at it…
…and yes, it went everywhere.
Then, you just add food coloring!
Hutch decided which jar would have which color…
…and Priya helped.
Thanks Priya!
I put in a bunch of drops (the brighter the better!) and let the kids stir it up.
I chose to put the paint into my trusty baby food jars that I use for everything, but you could use whatever containers you have lying around.
I had these babies lying around (from the Dollar Store),
So I gave them a bowl of water for washing out the brushes, and let them go at it!
The paint is watery-looking at first, but gets vibrant as it dries.
It does leave some chalky residue from the corn starch, but it washes off super easily.
When it rained, this mess was gone in no time.
I even had the kids try it on our stamped deck just to make sure it was safe for all y'alls.
It was.
So there you go! There's an incredibly cheap and easy summer project to keep you and your little guys entertained. One thing to note is that is does NOT keep well. It gets really stinky as it's left out. So maybe either leave it in the fridge, or just make it in small batches and dump it after using it like I did.
Hope you enjoy as much as we did!

(whoa, that “C” word again….)

What homemade things do YOU like to do to entertain your kids? Leave a comment and share!



  1. AvatarKellee says

    Oooh this looks great! I found neon food color at Aldi's last week and had no idea what I was going to use it for, but I bought it anyway cause how often do you see neon food color? I now know one fantastic use for it. Thanks for the great idea 🙂

  2. AvatarSharon says

    First off, if I was holding that little guy, I would NEVER put him down. Until, of course, I had to give him back, and by then he'd be spoiled and want me to hold him again! 🙂 lol!!
    Great idea!
    Last year, I made a hop-scotch the length of 6 houses. It got really silly after a while but the giggles were well-worth it. Being in the north woods, usually a butterfly net or a bug catcher is all that is needed for fun. Poor bugs tho, usually they have to keep company with rocks, sticks and whatever else they find!
    Summer is just starting, keep these ideas coming!

  3. AvatarMelissa says

    This is so fun! The first time doing it it did stain the sidewalk for a few weeks. I learned that adding dish soap keeps it from staining 🙂

  4. AvatarLindsay says

    Hello, I think this is amazing post and wanted to share it. I have a blog that I call LindsayCalmeira.com & I wrote a post of “free to very cheap things to do with your kiddos” & I shared your post in it along with your blog name. I hope you like it and maybe are willing to share. Thank you so much.
    Lindsay !

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