Muffin tray being used as a paint palette

Make your own paint using store cupboard ingredients

Don’t rush out to the shops to buy paint for the kids to create their masterpieces; make your own instead! It’s a simple process and because all the ingredients are from your store cupboard, it’s safe and fun to use as finger paint as well.

April 24, 2020
Muffin tray being used as a paint palette


  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Food colouring
  • Cold water for thinning if required


  1. Combine the flour, salt, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Stir briskly over a low heat. The mixture will be lumpy at first, then become smooth and then thicken into a paste.
  3. When it turns into a paste remove it from the heat.
  4. Whisk in cold water a few tablespoons at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Separate into different paint containers for the different colours.
  6. Add your food colourings of choice.
  7. Allow to cool completely, then paint with a brush or your fingers!

Stored in an airtight container, the paint will last for up to a month

Make it sparkly

Unicorns need a little bling, add glitter to your paint for the perfect result

Don’t just use a paint brush

Everyday items around the house make great tools for applying paint. Give some of these a try:

  • Your hands!
  • Old kitchen spatulas to spread and smooth lots of paint.
  • Cut dish sponges into shapes and use as stamps.
  • Drag an old comb through your paint to create lines.
  • Roll the wheels of a toy car through the paint for texture tracks.
  • Put paint onto flowers and leaves from your garden and then press onto paper
  • Paint bubble wrap and use as a stamp for a cool texture

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