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DIY Bath Paint… No Food Coloring Needed!

This two ingredient DIY Bath Paint is the perfect DIY project. It’s super easy to make, cost effective, and so much fun that mama and dada joined in too.

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I was seeing so many Instagram posts of bath paint fun, and started searching Pinterest for an easy DIY recipe. All that I found had food coloring, and I am not a fan. I think the colors are hard to mix and I don’t ever trust that it won’t stain. So I put off our DIY bath paint for the time being.

Then one day I saw a post on PlayOkay_405’s Instagram. They had taken shaving cream and chalk outside and the pictures looked so amazing I knew we had to try. We layered colors of chalk onto the pavement and sprayed shaving cream on top.. The powder from the chalk blended in with the shaving cream, making dreamy colorful clouds. It was so much fun, but it was messy and she needed a bath right after. Once I put her in the tub I noticed her taking the extra foam from her legs and painting the walls. It washed away immediately, and I had a the perfect DIY bath paint idea!

Ready to make the paint?

The next day I took some of her broken chalk pieces and placed them into sandwich bags. I then used a hammer to break them into small pieces. This would be fun prep work for older kids to help you with. I definitely recommend breaking into quarters first, of course it breaks easily when your trying to color but I had to put some muscle into breaking it into dust. I then used containers I used specifically for crafts, and filled them with shaving cream. I then sprinkled the chalk dust on top and started to mix them together. I put Aaliyah in the bath and gave her the containers and paint brushes. She  started painting right away and loved it.

**before letting your little one paint please do test patches!!! To make sure it doesn’t stain your tub (it shouldn’t, but check!) and to make sure they don’t have an allergic reaction to the shaving cream!**

I thought for sure I had achieved DIY success. Then I noticed that the colors of the DIY bath paint weren’t as vibrant as the shaving cream and chalk had been outside. Then I looked down and noticed that there were big pieces of chalk on her feet and the bottom of the tub.

DIY Do Over

The next day (yes I was very determined to get this to work) I spent more time grinding up the chalk. I made sure to turn all of it into powder. This time I only used half a piece of chalk for each container and the colors were way more vibrant that they had been before. She loved painting as much of the wall as possible. The paint spread easily with both her brush and her hands. Using the shaving cream is such a fun sensory experience. The texture feels amazing against the smooth tiles of the bathtub walls!

Once she was done, I turned the shower on and rinsed her off and used the containers to rinse the walls. The DIY bath paint came off so easily I didn’t even have to scrub!

We have done this DIY bath paint many times in the past few weeks. It’s so easy and quick to prepare and then just let her sit in the tub and play. We talk about colors and what she is painting. Older kids can also experement with color mixing. The foam blends together beautifully!

Two ingredient bath paint! Could there be a more perfect DIY project? Have you ever tried DIY bath paint?

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About Mermama

Hi! I'm Lexi. I'm the mermama to my merbaby. I live and create on Callifornia's central coast. I love to travel, binge watch, and take pictures. I'm passionate about art education and encouraging creativity in children.
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49 thoughts on “DIY Bath Paint… No Food Coloring Needed!

  1. Like you I am not a fan of using food coloring; especially for anything that is going to go onto my white bathtub. It just scares me too much that it won’t really come off. This idea is perfect because we have tons of “chalk pieces” and it washes off easily! Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Seriously! I was just making colorful sensory rice with some food coloring and I was like there is NO WAY I would put this in the tub! I hope you have so much fun!

    1. True! And it didn’t for us at all, I didn’t even scrub just used the shower to rinse it away! I would definitely test first just in case though!

  2. Love it, I wish my kids were still toddler so I could try this. I will share with my sister-in-law so she could do with my niece.

  3. Oh my gosh. I love love love this idea! I have been trying to find some creative DIYS for the bath, and this is it! I’m gonna try it out! DO you mind if I blog it, and reference it back to you?

  4. BRILLIANT!! Mama!! You are brilliant!! You have solved a huge problem in my house and lucky for us we have a toooooooonnnnn-nuh chalk pieces!

  5. I think this is awesome idea to reise chalk pieces.. Damn sure my daughters will not sit and just paint bath tub. They will like to paint all wall rooms???.

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