Thursday, April 19, 2012

DIY Finger Paints

I'm on a big "homemade" art supply kick right now, so I decided to give finger paints a try.  We usually just use whatever paint we have handy for finger paints rather than buying actual paint labeled "finger paint".  

These paints turned out a little thick the first time, but with a little more water, they were great and super colorful.  I think I used waaaay more of the gel food coloring than I needed, but oh well.  They were a hit!

Supplies needed:
Food coloring
Small containers

Start by mixing together 3 TBSP sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cornstarch and about 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups of water in a medium sized pot.   After it's well mixed, put over med-low heat and let it "cook" for a few minutes until it starts to thicken slightly.  If it seems way too thick, add a little more water, and stir.

Divide the mixture into your containers and then stir in a few drops of your food coloring.  (Side note....if you are using gel food coloring, you only need a teeny-tiny bit...)

Once they paints have cooled, it's time to paint your heart out.  (In the picture above, you can kinda tell how the first batch was a little thicker and clumpier than it should be).

This is our second batch...much smoother and much better!!


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  1. Great recipe, I think we'll give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Looks like fun. I'm always looking for easy "recipes" for arts and crafts for my 2-year-old, and this is a great one! Will def. give it a try tomorrow :) Thanks.


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