Homemade Finger Paints

Ever see a child use finger paints and not put their colorful, gooey fingers in their mouths? Protect their health and let them have fun using this homemade finger paint recipe that is free of synthetic dyes and pigments.

1 c. cornstarch
1/2 c. water
1/3 cup soap flakes melted with 1/2 cup boiling water
Juice dyes (see below)

Make your own soap flakes by grating a bar of homemade hand soap (available in your health food store) until you have 1/3 of a cup of soap flakes.

Combine the cornstarch, water, and melted soap in a bowl. Stir to blend. Let the mixture set until it has become thick. Divide into separate bowls and stir in juice dyes for color.

How to Make Juice Dyes
• One or more of the following: Frozen berries, canned beets, or 1/2 cup plant material (blueberries, beets, walnut hulls, cranberries, tea).
• Water as needed.

Use the juice straight from thawed berries, or juice drained from canned beets. Mix colors for hue variations. If using fresh berries, fruit, walnut hulls, or tea, combine the plant material with 1 cup of water in a pan and
simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour or so, adding more water as it evaporates.

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susan k.
susan k.3 years ago

Great natural recipe love the natural dyes idea . I would use a natural hand liquid soap and add a little oil . Softer on little hands .Thanks

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago


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KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

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Darci P.
Darci P.5 years ago

i made some with equal parts water and flour and boil till thick enough and it worked fine, just add food coloring :D

Brandi F.
Brandi F.7 years ago

Will the soap flakes hurt the child if they stick their hands in their mouth?

Mary Kloss
Mary Kloss7 years ago

Thank you, thank you for this recipe. I was hoping to find it at the care2 site where I always find safer solutions to what I am looking for.

Rebecca W.
Past Member 8 years ago

So excited to try this!