Marshmallow Paint

Last updated: December 10, 2017
 Originally published on June 9, 2014

Do you ever end up making something and thinking to yourself, “Self, this is really COOL!”? Well, that happened to me just the other day. This marshmallow paint started out of desperation and ended up being an amazingly fun, colorful, educational, and EDIBLE paint that we will use for years to come. Can you believe that this paint is actually made from real marshmallows? You probably already have the ingredients necessary. Add some water and your kids will be in awe!

Marshmallow Paint

Marshmallow Paint. Made with real marshmallows! Completely edible.

The texture is smooth and soft, the colors are vibrant, and the pictures your kids create will be adorable. It is slightly sticky, but it is actually LESS sticky that you would think! No mom wants a disastrous sticky mess in her house (or am I alone on this one?). When the two magical ingredients are combined, you get a perfectly smooth paint that is ready to dip small brushes in. This is what it looked like when I was mixing up the red color.

Marshmallow Paint. Made with real marshmallows! Completely edible.

The story of this marshmallow creation started when my kids told me that they wanted to paint. SHOOT! I didn’t have any paint and I really didn’t feel like going all the way to the craft store to buy some. So, I ran to the pantry (don’t ask me why) and I peeked at what we had in stock. The idea just kind of came to me as I glanced at the bag of marshmallows sitting next to the light corn syrup. It was wroth a try, right? The rest of the afternoon was a quiet day filled with several marshmallow painted masterpieces. My kids were enthralled!

I recommend using this paint with kids 4 and up. This marshmallow paint is ideal for bigger kiddos that can handle a small watercolor paint brush and can paint a picture without getting the paint all over the table (ahhhhhh toddlers, gotta love ’em!).

We’ve even “painted” Christmas cookies with this recipe before. They turn out great!

Christmas cookies with Marshmallow paint

Melted marshmallow cookie paint!

Edible Paint

While the paint is sticky, there is something about mixing the marshmallows with the corn syrup and water that causes the paint to not be as sticky as you might imagine! The consistency is perfect for dipping a small water color paint brush into and painting a awesome colorful picture.

Marshmallow Paint. Made with real marshmallows! Completely edible.

The paint is completely edible! Now, I wouldn’t recommend sticking a spoon into the paint and eating it that way (probably not a great idea), but if your kids happen to get a dab of paint on their hands, they can actually lick it off! Trust me, they will LOVE this! Who gets to eat paint? Our kids! We are the coolest moms…

Marshmallow Paint. Made with real marshmallows! Completely edible.

The clean up is also very simple. Wash the containers and the brushes with warm water and dish soap. That’s all! If there is any paint on the table, a wet and soapy sponge will wipe it away in seconds. So easy!

The paints will actually save if you put them in the refrigerator. Just make sure to store them in an air tight container. The cold refrigerator simply makes the paint too thick to use right away, but warming it up fixes the problem.When you want to use the paints again, microwave them a little. Give them a little stir and they’ll be perfect again!

Once your kids are done painting, let their pictures completely dry (yup, it dries just like paint!).

So have a blast like we did! After you make marshmallow paint, you’ll never look at homemade paint the same way. Cheers to having FUN with your kids, creating memories, and learning at home!

How to Make Marshmallow Paint

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Marshmallow Paint

You Will Need

  • Marshmallows
  • Water
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Food coloring
  • Water color paint brushes
  • Paper OR sugar cookies


  • Put 1 cup of mini marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl and microwave them for 30 seconds. The marshmallows will expand (it’s really cool actually).
  • Add 1/4 cup of water to the microwaved marshmallows. Stir the water into the marshmallows. The marshmallows will continue to melt.
  • Put the mixture in the microwave again for 30 more seconds.
  • Add 3 table spoons of light corn syrup to the marshmallow water mixture and stir it in really well.
  • Microwave it again for 30 seconds.
  • Stir it together until every bit of the marshmallows are melted and mixed well with the corn syrup.
  • Let it cool just a tad and then separate it into different containers
  • Using a little food coloring, make whatever colors you desire! I used craft popsicle sticks to stir up our paint colors.
  • Let the marshmallow paint cool for a minute or so before handing them off to you kids. Hot paint is not a good! Luckily, it cools quickly.
  • Paint on paper or on cookies! This paint is totally edible so it is safe to eat. If you use it on paper, it will dry with the texture of puffy paint.

15 thoughts on “Marshmallow Paint

  1. What a fun idea, Kelly! I’ve mixed flour and water and coloring or used cornstarch and made paint, but never thought to use marshmallows. My daughter would love this!

  2. Love this! Do you think marshmallow cream would work? I have some in my cabinet in would love to get rid of!

    1. I don’t know! But, it’s worth a try! Be sure to come back and tell us how it goes because I’m sure others have the same question:)

  3. I have been wanting to do a project where instead of water balloons I wanted to do paint balloons and take pictures. I was worried about using paint and now I see this I am curious if this could be a sager alternative.

  4. Just tried this with my 3 year old helping and it worked great; didn’t have corn syrup so we subbed in maple, and we had coloured mnis and just added additional colour to make it brighter. Very fun idea….might even be possible to duplicate at camp over a campfire with Girl Guides (would just have to store it away because who needs coons raiding camp to eat paint…could you imagine?!)

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