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Cornflour Paints

Ok so just to clarify this ended up more like cornflour gloop but still gave the same effect as finger painting! So if you do this be prepared to get VERY messy!!

I had seen the idea from Instagram and thought it was great to do something homemade with paint or messy play. The great thing is that they are just made from cornflour and water with a drop of food colouring so it really wouldn’t be the end of the world if your little one put their fingers into their mouths!


  • Mix one cup cornflour with one cup cold water.
  • Add your choice of food colouring and mix (I have the gel so you literally need a tiny tiny amount).
  • Place over the hob on a low heat and one at a time add three cups of boiling water.
  • Keep stirring as it will thicken all of a sudden and take off the heat. It goes to a thick custard-like texture.
  • You can add more water to make it thinner if you like. When it came to using it I did thin it out slightly.

SAFETY: Make sure you let the paints cool before use!!

This was my finished product I made a pink, green and a blue paint. I wanted to do yellow but didn’t have the food colouring, something I must invest in! I like how bright they came out and was pleased with the contrasting colours.

I put down a wipe clean mat and decided to put on an old vest on Amelia that was too small rather than bothering with an overall as it was only cornflour and water it wasn’t likely to agitate her skin as there is nothing toxic about it!

Something to point out: make sure you dress yourself in something you don’t mind getting mucky I didn’t and at the end had to pick up a messy baby and covered myself in gloop!

I took the paints out of the glasses and into bowls and masking taped some sheets of paper to the mat which made it so much easier rather than it slipping around.

To begin with Amelia was a bit grossed out with the gloopy paint but soon got stuck in. I attempted foot prints but they didn’t work out so great and the hand prints turned into more of a rainbow! She played for about 20minutes and loved having the paints between her toes!

I then rushed her up to the bath (as you can imagine I was doing that awkward holding baby as far away from my body as possible slight run up the stairs) gave her a quick shower off and got her wrapped up in a dressing gown! The vest she wore I threw straight out and began work to clean up, as this did create a huge huge mess!!!

Here are some photos of the messy paint play in action:

As you can see we had a great time and definitely something I would do again. Maybe next time I will invite some of her friends over for a messy play date!!

I would definitely recommend you have a go at. It’s super easy and creates a good afternoon of fun! I felt at ease letting her squish it in her hands and over her skin knowing that it wasn’t full of chemicals!

Have you ever done anything similar? Would love to know some more messy play/homemade paint activities!

Thanks for reading xx

Binky Linky


  1. Radka
    8th May 2014 / 12:32 pm

    That’s a really good idea! Will do it with Olivia too, but not just yet. At least Amelia looked like she had fun! Bless xx

    • 8th May 2014 / 12:36 pm

      Yes she would probably enjoy it when she is a little bit bigger. It’s really satisfying doing something homemade and safe involving messy play! She did have a lot of fun! Xx

  2. 9th May 2014 / 10:41 am

    I’m definitely going to try this with Rhys! I need to find a wipe clean matt first, I don’t think Pete would trust us let loose with paint otherwise lol

    • 9th May 2014 / 11:07 am

      He would love it! Yeh you should mine was an offcut so it wasn’t that expensive. But also as it’s only cornflour and water it didn’t leave marks like paint did! X

    • 9th May 2014 / 10:01 pm

      I will admit I did actually have a great time with it myself hahaha x

  3. BakedPotato Mummy
    14th May 2014 / 9:38 pm

    I did this with Potato when he was little but our colours weren’t anywhere near this good! One of out favourite messy play things is cooked spaghetti mixed with a little olive oil and coloured with food colouring. I did a load of different colours for a rainbow effect. Potato loved the colourful slippy slidy spaghetti!
    Thanks for linking up with #BinkyLinky

    • 14th May 2014 / 10:02 pm

      Oh what a great idea! Will get on that one soon and let you know how it goes! Thankyou

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  5. 8th April 2015 / 6:25 am

    I am so glad you posted this!! I have linked up our rather unsuccessful attempt. I wish I had read this first for the brilliant tips. I think I will try again without Sophie’s highchair & masking taping paper & heating the mixture a bit. I also didn’t think about what I was wearing & also did the running up the stairs with the awkward baby hold! Also how cute is litte Amelia! She looks the same but with less hair 🙂 Adorable. Thanks for linking up to #playathometuesdays

    • aliceyoung8
      8th April 2015 / 7:28 am

      Yeh definitely just give it a go and let it be really messy that’s what I ended up doing and Amelia loved it! I know she was so small :(:(!!! Xxx

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