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DIY Edible Finger Paint

Try this DIY Edible Finger Paint if your little one still puts everything in their mouth.

DIY Edible Finger Paint - My Momtastic Life

I’m always looking for fun new ways to keep Marshall entertained. Some days I feel guilty that he’s always at home with me and I consider putting him in daycare for a couple of days a week so he can play with other kids his age. Then I feel guilty for considering daycare. You really can’t win as a mom, huh?

I do what I can to keep him stimulated, and this week’s big activity was fingerpainting! I’ve tried making DIY edible finger paints with rice cereal, and to be honest, I wasn’t impressed. Maybe I did something wrong, but it really didn’t turn out the way I’d hoped. I even tried making it on two different occasions. Even Marshall wasn’t into it! None of them even stained the paper in the slightest. Thankfully, I finally found a recipe that works!

I won’t lie to y’all, it was STICKY, with a capital “S”. It was worth the mess though because Marshall had a great time. It wasn’t as hard to wipe off of him as I expected, either. I didn’t bathe him until later that evening because the stickiness was gone with just a few wet paper towels. It was harder to get off the floor though, so I had to break out the mop.

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DIY Edible Finger Paint - My Momtastic Life

How To Make DIY Edible Finger Paint

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 cups of water
  • 2/3 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp (plus a pinch more) of salt
  • 2.5 – 3 tbsp sugar
  • food coloring


1. Heat all of the ingredients (except the food coloring) in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. As soon as it starts to thicken, take it off the heat!

3. Add a few drops of food coloring until desired color is achieved.

4. Let it cool, then enjoy!

DIY Edible Finger Paint Recipe

I learned the hard way that heating it up for too long creates a jello-like paint, which really wasn’t what I was going for. On the batch of yellow, I tried heating it up just until it started to thicken, then taking it off the heat. It came out perfect!

I made some cute labels for you! If you use the same jars that I did, they’ll fit perfectly.

Here are the jars I used

DIY Edible Finger Paint

DIY Edible Finger Paint

Marshall decided he’d rather paint with his feet than his fingers. Art is art, right?

DIY Edible Finger Paint

DIY Edible Finger Paint

DIY Edible Finger Paint

It didn’t stain the paper quite like a paint would, but I’m guessing that’s probably because I went a little light on the food coloring. I used between 5-7 drops per mason jar.

Download The Free Labels

DIY Edible Finger Paint

DIY Edible Finger Paint

I hope your little ones enjoy fingerpainting! If you try this out, tag me on Instagram so I can see their masterpiece! And of course, don’t forget to pin this idea for later if you liked it!

What’s your favorite recipe for DIY edible finger paint? Let me know in the comments!

If you liked this post, you might like these indoor activities for one-year-olds.

Victoria Moore

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  1. What a smart idea, and I love the cute little mason jars you used! We don’t really have a paint eating problem, but this looks like it would be much easier to clean up!

    1. It wasn’t too bad of a cleanup at all, except the floor 😂 That’s good! Yeah, I’m ready for the mouthing phase to be over

  2. First off, there’s nothing wrong with a day of daycare here and there. I too feel the guilt at times but developmentally it’s great for kids to be with other kids so they can learn from each other and develop social skills…and it’s never a bad idea for Mom to have a short break to maintain her sanity (at least for me). With that said, I’m pretty sure you could run a daycare with activities like DIY edible paint. I love it! Would not have thought of that but Pinning it!

    1. Oh no, don’t get me wrong, I know it’s okay for them to go to daycare 😊 in fact, it’s great! They get to socialize and build up their immune system ❤️ I just feel guilty no matter what 😂 I worked at a daycare for a long time, but I finally understand why some moms had such a hard time dropping their kids off. Thank you so much Shannon!

    1. Hmmm.. I’m not too sure about using it on a canvas, but it’s certainly worth a shot! I “overcooked” the first batch so it was a little too gelatinous. That batch certainly wouldn’t have held up on canvas. But the second batch I made, I took it off the heat sooner and it had a consistency that was much closer to paint, and I would think it would stick on canvas at least a little bit 😊 it’s nothing like acrylic though, I’ll tell you that much 🤣 Is it for your kids?

      1. Yes I’m having a little party for my soon to be one year old. I thought this would be a cool activity for the babies to participate

  3. Do you know if I could switch for arrowroot starch and switch the sugar for stevia? We don’t eat corn or sugar. I’ll also switch the colors to food based dyes, like beets, Spurlina, turmeric etc.

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