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Home Made Cornflour Finger Paint Recipe


Home made cornflour finger paint

This recipe for home made finger paint is adapted from one found online.


Ingredient Volume Metric
Boiling Water 3 US Cups 720ml
Cold Water 1 US Cup 240ml
Cornflour 1 US Cup 150g
Sunflower oil 1 tbsp 1 tbsp
Food colouring


  1. Bring 3 cups of water to boil in a saucepan. (I usually boil it in the kettle first as it's quicker)
  2. Mix the cold water and cornflour together in a bowl until smooth and lump free.
  3. Pour the cornflour mixture into the hot water, stirring constantly.
  4. Bring back to the boil, constantly stirring to prevent lumps. It will go very thick and start to go a little clearer.
  5. Add the tablespoon of oil and beat in until thoroughly mixed and smooth - if you do not have sunflower oil any light coloured oil should work.
  6. Divide into tubs (one per colour) preferably with lids as the air will dry it out.
  7. Add several drops of food colouring to each tub and mix them well. Make sure you add enough colouring to make the finger paints vivid. You could also powdered poster paint if you have any.

Make sure the paint is stored in air tight containers in the refrigerator, as it will dry out if left open to the air.

We buy rolls of leftover wall paper from the charity shop for 25p and use the back of it to paint on. It's much better than craft paper for young children because it is so thick. The low cost means you do not need to worry about how much they are using either.

Finger Painting

The paints washed off hands easily enough too, even the really dirty ones.

Finger paint

And the work of art...

fingerpaint art

The nice thing about wallpaper covered in coloured gloop is that it stays in one piece, even when it's being moved!