Making HOMEMADE Pastel Paint

Since everyone is looking for something to do, I thought I’d share how to make homemade paint. It’s a great way to have fun with your kids and entertains them for a good 30 minutes. It gets them involved while learning something new too! Jediah loved helping me mix and make a mess. Even though it’s not hard to clean up, this recipe can get messy. Now I didn’t use newspaper or old table cloth but I suggest you use it. This recipe isn’t a traditional paint so I don’t want you thinking it should look like true paint.

In this recipe, I used arrowroot flour because arrowroot is softer and more kind to the skin. My kiddo has sensitive skin so this worked out perfectly. It is toxin free too! Just be careful with the food coloring as it can stain clothing and hands. This recipe can be stored in the fridge for 3 days or in the freezer for 3 months. So without further ado let’s get to it.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup Arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup measuring cup
  • 3-4 tbsp Vegetable Oil (I used 3 but try 4 and let me know how that works in the comments below)
  • 1 1/2 cups Water (note: you may not use all of the water)
  • Vanilla (optional)
  • A mixing spoon/stick
  • Food coloring
  • Paint tray
  • A funnel
  • Newspaper
  • Old tee shirt or apron
  • Bowls or empty bottle
  • Rag for clean up


  1. Place newspaper down or old sheet for easier clean up.
  2. Put on an apron and put an old tee on your kiddo to help protect clothes and table.
  3. Take 1 cup arrowroot flour and 1/2 cup flour and mix in bowl.
  4. Add 4 tbsp of oil to bowl and 1/2 water. As you mix add another 1/2 to mix. Add a dash of vanilla for smell. The consistency should look thin and not clumpy or dough like. Keep adding water till you reach the consistency you want. To test, stick your finger in the mix. It should look in between cake mix and liquid confection sugar.
  5. Funnel mix in a couple small containers BUT make sure you leave some white out on the side.
  6. Start mixing colors with skewer stick or spoon.
  7. When you have reached desired color, funnel directly onto paint tray OR into empty paint tubes. I didn’t use paint tubes this time but plan on doing so next time.
  8. For pastel colors add some white to the colored mix. Keep adjusting till you get the color you want. You could do what I did where I had two bowls, mix the lightest color, pour out some of the mixture and then add some more white color. Add food coloring to deepen color.
  9. Note there isn’t an exact science to mixing the colors so just have fun with it. Give it time to dry and it may crumble in some parts depending on how much paint they have in one spot. Remember it’s not a true paint but it does look nice and it’s a great bonding time with your kiddo. Have fun mixing!

Teach them something new:

Red + yellow = orange

Blue + yellow = green

Blue + red = purple

Purple + blue = indigo

2parts yellow + 1part blue =yellow green

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End results: a happy toddler and some cute pictures to frame. Here are some photos from our day or fun!

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