DIY Finger Paints

My kids love to finger paint. They blow through jars of it like it’s nobody’s business. After spending a small fortune replacing our finger paints over and over, I decided to try making my own. I recently came across a few different homemade finger paint recipes, and after some trial and error, I finally found the perfect one.

DIY Finger Paint Recipe


  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • Food Coloring


  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.
  • Cook on low heat until warm and the mixture thickens.
  • Let it cool and then pour into containers (I like to use empty baby food jars).
  • Add food coloring and stir until blended.



Put finger paints in a ziploc bag and seal it tight. Let your child experiment with mixing different colors and making patterns in the paint using their fingers or a a baby spoon. It’s a great way to keep them entertained without a mess!


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Morgan is a Domestic Goddess and mother to two girls, Big Chick and Baby Chick. Before she became a mother in 2007, she worked as a nanny for three different families. This means that she has had goldfish stuck to her car floor for a very long time. While Morgan loves all baby and child related gear, she has a particular fondness for strollers. When Morgan isn't outside enjoying the Southern California weather, she also writes for her own website:

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Are you supposed to stir this while it’s heating? It seems to be clumping on the bottom and is starting to look a bit like glue. What am I doing wrong? Help!