Homemade finger paints and juice dyes for the kidlets!

Homemade Finger Paints:

Ever see a child use finger paints and not put their colorful, gooey fingers in their mouths? Protect their health and let them have fun using this homemade finger paint recipe that is free of synthetic dyes and pigments.

  • 1 c. cornstarch
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/3 cup soap flakes melted with 1/2 cup boiling water
  • juice dyes (see below)

Make your own soap flakes by grating a bar of homemade hand soap (available in your health food store) until you have 1/3 of a cup of soap flakes.

Combine the cornstarch, water, and melted soap in a bowl. Stir to blend. Let the mixture set until it has become thick. Divide into separate bowls, and stir in juice dyes for color.

How to Make Juice Dyes

  • 1/2 cup of plant material to make the desired color (see below).

Blue: blueberries, red onion skins.
Brown: walnut hulls, paprika.
Green: oak bark, crab apple leaves, and bark.
Orange: yellow onion skins, oats.
Purple: purple grapes.
Red: cranberries, beets.
Tan: coffee and tea.
Yellow: apple tree bark, white onion skins, turmeric.  

Use the juice straight from thawed berries, or juice drained from canned beets.   If using fresh berries, fruit, walnut hulls, tea, or other plant matter, combine the plant material with 1 cup of water in a pan and simmer over low heat for 1/2 hour or so, adding more water as it evaporates.   Mix colors for hue variations.

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