DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint

DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint

As I mentioned in my Thandai recipe post, the festival of Holi is approaching and I wanted to make Little Mirchi’s first Holi especially memorable.  I knew that we couldn’t play with traditional powdered color as everything is going in her mouth of late. When I looked up finger paints for children, all the caution labels read not for children under 4.  I finally decided on making our own paint at home so I knew exactly what it was made of and there would be no issues if she did decide to give it a taste.

The below is the super easy and quick method of making homemade baby safe edible paint.

Mix dry ingredients together & add water.

Homemade Edible Paint Mix

Divide equally into bowls and add desired amount of food coloring.
DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint

If I knew it would be this easy, I would have made it a while back. The cleanup was quick and simple as I set up her “canvas” on a disposable white plastic tablecloth. Once she (we) were done playing, I just tossed the tablecloth. We also decided to make a family art piece – to remember her first Holi and her first time playing with “paint”!

DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint

DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint


3 cups flour
3 tablespoons corn starch
4 cups water
food coloring 


Mix flour and corn starch. Slowly add water and wisk to ensure mixture does not lump. Once smooth, separate into bowls and mix in 2-3 drops of food coloring to reach desired color.

DIY: Homemade Edible Finger PaintClick here to see how we used these homemade paints during Little Mirchi’s first Holi Celebration!

Baby's first Holi


17 thoughts on “DIY: Homemade Edible Finger Paint

    1. Hi there, since they are just flour and food color I would think you could keep them for a few weeks as long as you store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

      I haven’t kept them more than a week since it’s so easy to make them quickly.

    2. This looks great! I’m so excited to try this! Does this need to be used the day you make it or could it be made in advance/saved for another day?

      1. cover and refrigerate and use the next day, you may been to add some more water to it the next day

  1. What kind of food coloring do you use? I definitely need WAY more food coloring to come anywhere close to your colors.

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