Homemade, Nontoxic Paint

Oh – this blog IS called “Tastes Oh-So-Good”. You’re right. But will you just indulge me for this post? It’d be greatly appreciated. Plus, this homemade paint is nontoxic/edible – so, does that count? Though, we did try it – and we have to admit, it tastes just awful. Absolutely awful. Good news is – we intended it to taste awful. You know, so baby won’t want to eat it. Nasty taste mission accomplished.

Olivia is just shy of 16 months-old now. And while we probably should have gotten her into arts earlier, we just aren’t the craftiest of people.  So, for us to stay up way past our bedtimes (and yes, as parents, our bedtime is just around 10pm now – don’t judge) to make some homemade paint. Well, we must truly be in love with our little girl.  This recipe didn’t take too long to make. The longest part of this process was waiting for the concoction to cool down.  And, I have to admit, it was sort of fun to make!  This mixture made about 4.5 cups of ‘paint’.  Ready to make some art with us? Let’s do it.

What You’ll Need:

– 6 Tablespoons of Sugar

– A dash of corn syrup (maybe a teaspoon or two)

– 1 Teaspoon Salt

– 1 Cup Corn Starch

– Just Shy of 4 Cups of Water + White (or Rice) Vinegar to top off to 4 cups of liquid

– Food Coloring

What You’ll Do:

On low heat, you’ll want to combine all the ingredients above (except the food coloring) in a medium saucepan.


Stir frequently until it thickens. Once it reaches the desired consistency, remove the saucepan off the heat to cool. (We stopped when it became a bit thicker than the picture below – plus, during the cooling process, it thickened up even more.)


Once the mixture is cooled, divide up the mixture into Ziploc baggies.  We put about a 1/2 cup of ‘white paint’ into each baggie.


Drop some food coloring into each bag and, while the baggie is zipped up, mush and mix away.  Keep adding food coloring until you get the color you want.


We had these little 8oz mason jars that we divided the paint up into to store. And there you have it! Gross tasting, nontoxic, homemade paint!   (Oh goodness…please forgive my dirty grout in the kitchen…blasphemous!!!)


We ended up painting the next day and the paint, by that time, had gelled up a bit.  We used foam brushes to paint.  The colors were surprisingly vibrant!

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What do you think of Olivia’s first masterpieces (the one on the right is our family painting – we all had a hand in that one!)? I may be biased, but I think we have a little artiste on our hands!


Thank you for letting me stray away from my food posts – and I hope you have as much fun making these paints and masterpieces as we did!  Because this is fun – but I can assure you (as my husband can attest to), this does NOT taste oh-so-good.

~ M ~


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