Homemade Finger Paint Recipe

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This homemade finger paint recipe is easy and inexpensive to make and can be so much fun for kids! My youngest son can’t get enough finger painting! He just loves it and of course, mom has to post all of those materpieces in a prominent place on the fridge!

Homemade Finger Paint Recipe

Try this easy homemade finger paint recipe from our Dining On A Dime Cookbook and see if your kids love it as much as mine do!

Homemade Finger Paint Recipe

1 pkg. unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
liquid dish detergent
food coloring

Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup water. Set aside. In a saucepan, add cornstarch. Then slowly stir in 1 1/2 cups water over medium heat until well blended. Cook until it boils, becomes smooth, thickens and turns clear. Add gelatin mixture and stir well. Pour into containers and add a drop of liquid dish detergent. Add food coloring until you get the desired shade. Store covered in the refrigerator 4 – 6 weeks.

For more easy kids’ recipes like this homemade finger paint recipe, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook!



  1. says

    here is a recipe for baking clay. I used it for years and still have the results.
    I made it before christmas and little ones would make christmas ornaments and villages.
    The older ones would paint them afterwards but your finger paints would work well for the younger artists.

    Very best oven-baked clay
    Hands-down, this is the very best of the oven-baked clays. When you want to make a lasting record of the weekend — and keep the kids happy at the same time — this is the clay for you. Easy to make and easy to use, it bakes to a smooth, hard finish that resembles the commercial varieties.

    2-quart saucepan
    1 cup cornstarch, plus more for dusting
    1 pound (16 ounces) box baking soda
    1-1/2 cups water
    waxed paper

    • In the saucepan, combine the cornstarch and baking soda. Stir in the water. Over medium-low heat, stir the mixture constantly until it thickens and begins to form a ball, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

    • Turn the clay out onto a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Let cool until it can be handled easily, about 3 minutes. Knead the clay until smooth. The clay is now ready to mold and shape. To store, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

    • Preheat the oven to 300F. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper, and put the finished clay pieces on the prepared sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Turn off the oven, leaving the tray and clay pieces in the oven for 1 more hour. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

    Makes about 2 cups clay

  2. Sheri says

    Thank you for sharing your clay recipe! I was just looking at pictures of some bread dough ornaments we made almost 20 years ago! We made a nativity and painted them. Unfortunately, they did not get sealed and some crumbled and others, looking like baked goods, we bit on. It’s time to make a new set! I think I will try your recipe!

    For play dough, I still think the very best is the Discovery toys recipe. It uses cream of tarter.

    Thank you for sharing! Maybe we will even use it with the Cubbies in Awana for something the parents can enjoy!

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