How To Make Finger Paints

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(Last Updated On: April 9, 2020)

When it’s craft time, skip the store bought finger paints and make your own! It’s safe for little ones, it’s even edible! And it’s more cost effective. Get creative and have some fun when you make your own finger paints.

How To Make Finger Paints

How To Make Edible Finger Paints

Are you looking for a fun way to entertain your kids inside? Maybe it’s too hot, too cold, or just too rainy to get outside today, but you still need something to keep your kids engaged and entertained. Painting is a fun and creative way to let kids express themselves. But the cost can add up if you are talking about providing different kinds of paint for several children.

Not to worry though because you can make your very own finger paints right at home from inexpensive ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Not only are these paints homemade and inexpensive, but they are also edible as well. Not that your kids want to sit around eating finger paint, but particularly if you have younger children they can be tempted to taste just about everything.

How to make finger paints that are edible
If you are afraid that painting may be a bit messy, you can always get your kids some art aprons on Amazon. If you don’t want to wait for an apron to come in the mail an old button down shirt, or a little bit too large t-shirt works great at protecting clothing from messy art projects and cooking experiments.

Homemade Finger Paints

Now, here’s how to make edible finger paints.  Be sure to print it and pin it so that you can make it again and again.

Edible Finger Paints

Kids love to get messy and creative! Here's how to make your own finger paints, and it's even edible! So, you don't have to worry about them putting their fingers in their mouth! Have fun making your own finger paints!
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Craft
Keyword: craft, diy, finger paints, kids, paint
Author: Tracy


  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups warm/hot water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper
  • something to cover the table
  • one container for each finger paint color you are creating


  • Mix flour, sugar, salt with cold water
  • Once mixed well, add warm water
  • Divide mixture into small bowls (or use an empty egg carton or plastic cups!)
  • Add food coloring (just a drop or two will do!)
  • Stir
  • Have fun!

After you get your homemade, edible finger paints mixed up give your kids some paper or poster board, some paint brushes if you prefer, and let their little imaginations go wild with what they can create.

What a great, and inexpensive way to spend an afternoon indoors with your kids. Make sure to snap some pictures of the fun so that you can always remember these times spent together as a family.

Have fun making your own Finger Paints!

How To Make Edible Finger Paints

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