Get Crafty!…Best Homemade Washable Finger Paint Recipe

Get Crafty!…Best Homemade Washable Finger Paint Recipe

Here is a wonderful indoor day activity- homemade washable finger paints!  It will wash out of most, but not everything, so still try to keep it at the table and use smocks (homemade versions: old shirts or plastic bags with holes for head and arms.)  These are actually for fingers, brushes, or stamps to be perfectly clear!


  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup dish soap (colored dishwash soap will affect the colors- use it to your advantage or use clear!)
  • food coloring as desired
  • small containers (baby food jars with lids are perfect)


Put the sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan and slowly stir in cold water.

Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly until mixture is a smooth gel.

Allow to cool, then add dishwash soap. Divide into small containers and stir in food coloring drops until you achieve desired colors.

Also be sure to try out the homemade playdough recipe here.

For more tips on frugal craftiness, check out Thrifty Living on One Income Series… Get Crafty!

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4 Replies to “Get Crafty!…Best Homemade Washable Finger Paint Recipe”

  1. […] Here is a home-made washable paint recipe that uses dish soap, sugar, water, corn starch and food coloring. […]

  2. Love this idea! I’ll definitely try it with my little girl this week. Sharing your link via Twitter! I found your blog today from Works for Me Weds. Have a lovely week.

  3. Thank you! I had to boil the sugar/cornstarch/water mix though in order to get the gel consistency. I just made 4 colors and am waiting very impatiently for my oldest (3 yo) to awaken from his slumber so I can throw him in the tub with them 🙂 THANK YOU!!!

    1. Did he love his tub painting? That’s a fun reward for a nap well done!

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