A great alternative to bought paint this is non toxic and washes off little hands (and faces!) easily


  • 4 table spoons cornflour
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • cold water
  • liquid food colouring
  • extra hot water


  1. In a medium saucepan, mix the cornflour with enough cold water to make a paste. (Not too runny).
  2. Pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir thoroughly so there are no lumps. I used a whisk at this point to ensure no lumps
  3. Turn on medium heat on the stove and mix continually for around 30 seconds or until it starts to thicken. Once you see this, turn off the heat and continue stirring.
  4. I then added hot water bit by bit, and stirring it using a whisk the whole time until it became like a custard consistency
  5. Spoon equal amounts into empty jars, cups or containers and add food colouring. Mixing until completely combined

Notes... You can keep for a couple of days, but keep in mind it doesn’t have preservatives in it so will go bad. Make sure it’s still ok before giving to children to use – especially if they are young and will try to put in their mouths

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  • Mum2archer
    • 04 Jan 2018
      12:23 pm

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  • Love this. Definitely gonna give this a go this weekend. Does the food colouring stain the fingers at all though I wonder


  • I need to try this out. Everything goes into my little girls mouth, so love that this is non-toxic!


  • So easy to make and safe. Wish I knew about this when my girls were younger LOL


  • I’m going to try this right now : )


  • Looks like a fun and straightforward recipe to follow.


  • Love, love, love it! Can’t wait to try this.


  • Amazing! Thankyou so much for sharing – so easy to make too.


  • Great idea. I wish I’d known when my daughter was little.


  • This was such a great recipe. I made these for my little one a couple of days ago and bought some butchers paper and she spent hours playing and painting. Super easy recipe and popped it in little flip lid pots so we could use them again the following day!


  • Love this idea for making paint – save and fun.

    • Lol meant to say safe but hey probably “saving” money too!


  • oh so good. thanks for sharing.


  • Love this – thanks for sharing. My son generally doesn’t eat anything that isn’t food but at his age, he is beginning to explore and test so has been tasting random things. I love thay the ingredients are already in the kitchen!


  • I’ll definitely have to try this. Might have a paint myself hehe. Thanks for sharing!


  • I use the old large ice cube trays to put the ‘paint’ in. My daughter loved making the different colours and seeing how blue and yellow makes green, red and blue makes purple…


  • I love this idea. And the steps to make! I make play doh but never thought of making finger paint as had no idea it could be made at home and this guide shows just how easy it is. If I hadn’t known I would’ve made my own by now. So thank you for posting this!!!


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