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9 Homemade Finger Paint and Face Paints

9 Recipes for Fingerpaint and Face Paint fingerpaint facepaint

 9 different homemade finger paint and facepaints recipes you can make.

Instant Finger Paint…
Shaving cream
Tempera paint
Paper or tabletop

Spray shaving cream on your tabletop or on each child’s paper. Add a couple of drops of tempera paint of your choice.


Thick Paint…
1 cup powdered tempera paint
2 Tbs. wallpaper paste
1/2-cup liquid laundry starch

Mix dry tempera paint with wallpaper paste. Add starch a little at a time until the mixture is thick enough to spread. Use Popsicle sticks to spread.

Face Paint #1…
1 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
Food coloring

Mix cornstarch and cold cream together until smooth. Mix in water and food coloring. Use a small brush to paint designs on the children’s faces. Store in an airtight container.


Face Paint #2…
1 Tbs. Crisco shortening
2 Tbs. cornstarch
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Use a sponge to apply to face. Washes with soap and water.


Finger Paint with Oatmeal…
2 Cups Water
Food Coloring
6 Tbs. Quick rolled oats

Pour two cups water into a cooking pot and add several drops food coloring.

Add 6 tablespoons quick rolled oats and bring to boil over medium heat.

Cook for 1 1/2 minutes; remove from heat and cover. Cool the mixture and you are ready to use the finger paint.


Puffy Paint…
Wilton’s Cake Food Coloring
Squeeze bottles

Measure equal parts of flour, salt, and water. Measure out dry ingredients in a bowl. In another bowl mixture food coloring to the water and add to dry ingredients. Spoon mixture into squeeze bottles. As the mixture dries on paper it will take on a puffy appearance.


Corn Syrup Paint…
Corn syrup
Food coloring
Foam plates
Disposable plastic cups
Old paint brushes

Pour corn syrup into plastic cups, add food coloring. Stirring until mixed thoroughly. You may make as many colors as you wish in different cups. When the corn syrup dries it turns translucent.


Condensed Milk Paint…

1 cup condensed milk
Food coloring

Mix 1 cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint.


Homemade Washable Paint…
Liquid Tempera Paint
Dreft Liquid Detergent

1. Mix 3/4 cups of paint to 1/4-cup liquid detergent
2. Stir well


Homemade Watercolors…
1 T. white vinegar
2 T. baking soda
1 T. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. glycerin
Liquid food coloring
Plastic bottle caps from 2-liter bottles

1. Mix vinegar and baking soda together in a small bowl
2. When mixture stops bubbling, add cornstarch and glycerin. Mix well
3. Pour mixture into bottle caps
4. Add several drops of food coloring to the mixture in the bottle caps
5. Let dry overnight


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