This homemade finger paint recipe is super easy and cheap to make. It'll have those little hands busy and entertained (not an easy feat for a toddler), giving you a few moments of peace!

Let's face it, kids LOVE to make messes… like, ALL. THE. TIME. Instead of watching them destroy the house (again), channel that destructive energy into a beautiful (sort of) work of art. We'll even show you how to keep it in a well contained area so there's actually very little mess involved. It's genius!

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This homemade finger paint recipe really is as easy as they come. It only uses four ingredients, all of them you probably already have in your kitchen. Before you know it, bada bing bada boom… homemade finger paints that will last for days!


This homemade finger paint recipe is so easy, it's the perfect project to do with your kids. While there is some cooking involved, they may be able to help you add ingredients together and stir while it's on the stove. Just make sure you supervise closely so they don't get burned!

If you're not quite comfortable with your kids helping by the stove, let them add in the food coloring once the paint mixture has cooled. Point out how the colors change as you add in more drops of color. They'll be amazed!


Once your homemade finger paints are made, place each color into its own bowl or separate sections of a muffin tin. This will easily allow little hands to reach in and grab what they want!

You can also get some handy condiment squirt bottles and allow your kids to paint with those. These are the ones you see at burger joints and picnics, and they are perfect for storing your homemade finger paints for later use. Just remember, these are NOT edible, so watch those little hands going into the mouth! (We DO have an EDIBLE finger paint recipe here!)


While this paint can be used anywhere traditional finger paint is used, we prefer to take it into the bathtub. Strip your toddlers down to their diapers or undies, and place them in an empty bathtub with their squirt bottles or bowls of paint. Now, grab a book, sit back, and relax while they go to town painting the inside of the tub!

This homemade finger paint is completely safe to wash down the drain when playtime is over. Simply turn on the water to rinse out the tub, then fill it up to rinse off your kids. Finger paint time turns right into bath time for the mom win!

Edible finger paint using PUDDING! Recipe from Fun Cheap or Free

Homemade Finger Paint


  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Clear Liquid Dish Soap
  • 2 cups Cold Water


  • Mix sugar and corn starch together in a pan over low heat. Slowly add in cold water.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until it becomes like a clear liquid gel. (About 5 minutes.)
  • Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.
  • Once cool, stir in dishwashing liquid.
  • Divide into containers and add food coloring.


We found that putting the mixture from the stove directly into the fridge helped it to cool much faster, making our impatient little hearts happy! Spread it out in a wide casserole dish to allow it to cool even quicker.

Store leftover paint in an airtight container (or use the condiment bottles with lids) and it will last for weeks. These homemade finger paints were super cheap, super easy, and entertained the kids for a loooong time. You just can't beat that!

Have you ever made homemade finger paint? Tell us your favorite way to use them in the comments below!

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