Best Ever Homemade Paint Recipe

Here is the best ever homemade paint recipe that you can use to easily make at home.

Home-made color is excellent for all kids crafts - especially for toddler crafts, as only safe ingredients are used.

This recipe requires common and cheap household ingredients and very little time and effort.

It's also extremely easy to clean, completely washable and does not stain clothing.

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Our Favorite Recipe

This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to cook. It has a beautifully smooth texture which you can make thick or thin to suit various types of kids crafts.

It will seem as though it's never going to come together at the various stages of the recipe, but just keep stirring and it will turn out fine.

Note: Depending on the amount of paint you need - increase or decrease the quantities of this recipe. To save time and to have paint on hand when you need it - make a larger batch and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup cornflour / cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups water + extra for thinner paint
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • food coloring or tempera paint powder
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid (optional)
  • small sealable containers - only if storing

What To Do:

  1. Add plain flour, cornflour/cornstarch and salt to saucepan and 1/2 cup of the water. Mix into a thick paste.
  2. Turn on the heat (gentle heat), and add 1 cup of water to the saucepan, mixing with a whisk to combine and prevent lumps.
  3. Whisk continuously until mixture starts to thicken and then continue mixing with a wooden spoon.
  4. Once mixture is thick and smooth remove from the heat.
  5. Add another 1/2 cup of water (more may be needed) and mix thoroughly to combine. At this point the paint is ready to cool for finger painting.
  6. For general kids crafts requiring a thinner paint, return to gentle heat and add more water - only adding 1/2 cup of water at a time and mixing thoroughly until combined. Continue adding water until you reach the required consistency.
  7. If you get lumps, or find it hard to mix - use a stick blender to get the mixture smooth.
  8. Once cooled, mix in the dishwashing liquid - optional. It will give the paint a smoother consistency and a glossy finish when dry.
  9. Separate into small containers and color with small amounts of either food colouring or tempera paint. If using tempera paint powder add a little more water to combine.
  10. Once kids have had fun painting, store remainder in the refrigerator for up to a week.

homemade paint recipes

homemade paint recipes

homemade paint recipes

homemade paint recipes

Variations to Home-Made Paint:

  • For an opaque finish, add 1 tablespoon of liquid starch instead of dishwashing liquid
  • For sparkly paint, add glitter to cooled paint


  • If using food coloring - add only a tiny amount. Adding too much food colouring may stain your skin for a short period of time.
  • If you do get lumps in the mixture, pour it through a coarse metal mesh sieve, or mix it with a stick blender to get it beautifully smooth.
  • If this paint is applied too thickly to paper, it may crack and flake off. It can also 'curl' up the paper's edges once dry.

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