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3-Ingredient Homemade Paint Recipe! Buying paint for kids or a classroom can be pricey. Never buy paint again with this recipe! This is a money-saving DIY for parents and teachers on a budget (or for those of us who love being crafty!).
How to Make Homemade Paint
Making your own paint with kids is a rewarding process that helps children understand that store-bought is not the only way! This recipe is simple, non-toxic, and it costs next to nothing to make. Not to mention it’s pretty rewarding to make your own art materials.
The color options are endless, and because the ingredients are safe to ingest, they are great for finger painting too. Made from all edible ingredients, you won’t need to stress about someone eating (or pets licking) the paint either.
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- Food coloring
“I added little bits of water at a time after adding the colors to get a smoother consistency.”
You can use any containers you have on hand to store the paint. Or, you can find some paint bottles online. The paint will separate after sitting for a while. Simply shake the bottles up again and they will be as good as new!
If you don’t have squeeze bottles, consider using jars or plastic containers. You could always pour the paint into small cups when you’re ready to use them.
“Such a blast for the little ones! You can use this paint as finger paint or regular brush paint as well.”Chantel
Fun Ways to Use This Paint
- Q-Tips – Motivating way to build fine motor skills kids need for writing later.
- Bubble Wrap – wrap a sheet to the kids’ little feet and start stomp painting! (You may want to try this one outside.)
- Marbles – The kids place their paper in a cake pan, dip a marble in paint and shake the pan to roll the marble from side to side.
Homemade Paint Recipe
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cup
- Squeeze bottles (here are some neat ones!)
- Food coloring
- In a mixing bowl, combine even parts of water, salt, and flour. I use 2 cups of water, 2 cups of salt, and 2 cups of flour to fill up our medium size paint containers (as pictured).
- Once fully combined, funnel the mixture into paint bottles.
- Place small drops of food coloring in each bottle.
- Shake the bottles to mix the paint.
- Continue adding food coloring until desired shade is achieved.
- Paint as usual! Paint will completely dry on paper.
- Store the paint with the lids on top.
- Paint will separate after sitting for awhile. Simple shake the bottles up again and they will be as good as new!