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


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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  • Brilliant way to use the cornflour up!


  • I wonder how this would go adding some detergent to it and using it as washable window paint? Might give it a try!


  • what kid doesn’t love to get their hands into some paint and spread it around for fun:)


  • Brilliant and better than the chemical stuff you buy


  • Great idea and rather cheap too


  • I like that it is rather natural and non toxic.


  • My kids love to do experiments with cornflour.


  • Fantastic idea and so easy to make.


  • Such a great idea, I love it!


  • Can I use flour?


  • An excellent idea for the warmer weather to get outside and paint


  • Such a great idea.


  • I really like that there are non toxic alternatives and DIY’s for kids, they can enjoy helping make it too, two activities in one, brilliant.


  • Such an excellent idea I’m tired of buying and throwing them out when the novelty wares off thanks


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


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