DIY Baby Paint

This DIY Baby paint is so quick and easy to mix up! I’m not sure who had more fun, me or her!

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Aaliyah painting

Since my baby could sit on her own, I’ve been doing small art projects with her. First projects are simple crayons and washable markers, with the goal simply being the look of amazement on her tiny face when she saw the colors.

As an art educator, I’ve been dreaming and planning fun art activities for us to do. But, I know my limits and art with babies is full of baby steps. I could tell she was getting a little bored with crayons, and with Easter around the corner I thought it would be fun for her to “dye” her own Easter eggs. This project was so easy and she had SO much fun! It would be so easy to do different shapes for them to create. I’m thinking flowers, birthday cakes, Christmas tress…

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DIY baby paint

This non-toxic recipe is great for little ones who still love to put everything in their mouth. Who am I kidding, when does that phase ever stop with kids??

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Here’s what you will need for the paint:

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups of water
  • food coloring

*this paint can easily be made with all organic ingredients!

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Combine the dry ingredients in a pot and stir in the water. Turn the stove on medium heat, whisking your “paint” until it thickens. I then took empty baby food jars and poured an equal amount in to each. Now it’s time to mix your colors! You really only needed a few drops of each color, and it was easy to mix the colors to make purple and green.

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This DIY paint could easily be used on paper and your tiny artist could paint freely. For this project, I premade “Easter eggs.” I traced an egg shape onto a piece of cardstock. I was easily able to fit two eggs on each piece of cardstock. After cutting out the eggs, I took painter’s tape and created line designs. This would be a great project for older artists to teach line and patterns!

img_1417.jpgAfter laying down a tablecloth outside (prep work is essential!) I brought the paints and my baby outside. I poured small amounts of the paint onto a plate and showed her how to dip my fingers in the paint. Now your baby might LOVE this, but if they hate dirty hands like my little one, paint brushes were necessary. I couldn’t believe she didn’t want to touch the paint, I always thought that the mess was the fun part of creating art! She did love to paint her legs though, which I guess is different than her hands……

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Baby painting

With paint brush in hand, she really enjoyed painting the eggs. She even painted plain sheets of cardstock once her eggs were finished! I let the eggs dry while I cleaned up and gave her a quick bath. I wouldn’t leave the tape on for too long so that it doesn’t stick to the paper. You can see some spots on our eggs  where the tape grabbed the paper, but great art is never perfect! Just make this the first step of your clean up since the paint dries pretty quick. Aren’t these little Easter eggs so cute! We taped them to the window but you could also string them to make little banners!

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Finished painted eggs

We’ve painted a couple of times since this project and I love making this paint. I have to warn you about one problem, however. I used the baby jars because I thought, incorrectly, that I would be able to store the paint in the jars and use them again. I put them in the “craft drawer” for later. About two weeks later I kept smelling this horrible smell and I FINALLY realized it was the DIY paint. The smell was HORRENDOUS. This recipe is so quick and easy, and the cost is so low I  would recommend tossing your leftovers after you paint. Lesson learned for me!

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Messy Art is the best art

Have you ever made DIY baby paint? Did your little artist love it?

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1 Comment

  1. Great piece.

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