Easy Homemade Paint

homemade paint recipe

My kids Love painting. Isla would paint every day. Except I won’t let her. Because I’m a jerk like that.

It’s MESSY. And they have FUN. And get CREATIVE. It’s horrible.

Obviously I’m joking. But I do find painting one of those play time activities that I avoid more than I should. But last week via Pinterest I discovered something that will make Isla incredibly happy and me less concerned about what surfaces (or humans) will wind up covered in paint…

A Super Easy Homemade Paint Recipe

This recipe is for chalk or sidewalk paint. So as it dries, the colours become more pastel but more opaque. It’s actually really cool.

It’s incredibly simple and once we’d mixed it up (great little maths lesson) it occupied the kids for an hour! An hour of outside, creative play! An hour for me to clean the toilets! An hour where I could make phonecalls. Plus it’s non-toxic. And you likely have all the ingredients in your pantry. Bonus: it won’t kill the dog if he drinks it (scientifically proven fact). Incredible indeed!

easy homemade paint

All You Need is:

  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 1 cup water
  • a variety of liquid food colouring
  • a muffin pan or plastic cups
  • paintbrushes or sponges
  1. Mix the cornflour and water together, stirring to remove lumps.
  2. Divide into muffin pan or plastic cups.
  3. Add a few drops of food colouring to each cup or pan and mix.
  4. Give the kids the paintbrushes, a patch of paving and carte blanche.

(The food colouring does stain the hands, but it washes off quickly. By the time shower-hour rolled around, it had already worn off the kids’ hands.)

Super simple and ridiculously fun.


Do your kids love painting? Have they painted anything/anyone inappropriate?

Last time Isla had free rein with some paints and a paintbrush, she turned herself into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. Hence my hesitancy with the whole painting thing!

what happens when a toddler is unsupervised while painting

7 Responses to Easy Homemade Paint

    • Thanks Kylie! I noticed a spike in traffic from Pinterest – looks like you’re to thank!
      And thanks for the kind words – I’m discovering more and more about what drives me as I write the blog. I hope we get to chat about things a bit more. (And have I seen your name as attending Blogopolis?? Or am I imagining that?)


  1. Cornflour- is that the same as corn starch? The white powdery stuff? Usually for thickening things? Or more like corn meal? The grainy stuff used to make tortillas? Can’t wait to try this- my kids love painting! And often come out looking much like your Ninja Turtle :)

    • I went with the assumption that they’re the same thing. The original instructions I based mine on listed corn starch rather than corn flour. (The fine, powdery one).

      I hope your kids love it as much as mine! x

    • Thanks, Sonia!! But don’t let those cherubic cheeks fool you – the girl’s got attitude! In spades…

      Such a fun activity though – I can highly recommend it.

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