By: Jennifer Murray

Homemade Face Paint

Yesterday was one of those afternoons that lingered FOR-EV-ER.

easy homemade face paint recipe

I’m sure you never have days like these 😉 … but we’ve had some fevers and colds this week, so we are a tad stir crazy, grumpy, and tired.

I picked up my copy of The Preschooler’s Busy Book in search of a craft or something we could make together to get us through the afternoon. I decided on a whim to give the Homemade Face Paint a try. The recipe from the book seemed simple enough, but in order to have several colors and enough for four faces I tripled the recipe.  (I had more than enough, so next time I would probably just double the recipe.)

playing with homemade face paint

Homemade Face Paint: (Double Recipe)

    • 2 tsp. Cornstarch
    • 1 tsp. Facial Cream or Lotion
    • 1 tsp. Water
    • Food Coloring

Combine the cornstarch, cream, and water in a small bowl.  Divide into a few smaller bowls to make separate colors. Add several drops of food coloring in each individual bowl until desired color is reached.

I am in no stretch an “artist”, but they didn’t seem to notice.

homemade face paint for kids

Even when my “Spiderman Spider” turned out like an octopus.

   How to Make Homemade Face Paint

What do YOU do to get through tough indoor days?

8 Responses to “Homemade Face Paint”

  1. Janet
    January 20, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Very cute idea! I will be trying this with my kiddos this weekend. With the impending snow storm, I’m looking for any and all ideas to keep my munchkins entertained while cooped up inside!
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  2. Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}
    January 20, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    You are one brave mama. 🙂 That is so cool! My kids would LOVE that.
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  3. christine @ iDreamofClean.net
    January 24, 2012 at 3:45 am #

    What a great idea!! We are so using this recipe later in the week!!
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  4. Shannon
    May 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I am using this at my son’s 5th birthday party this weekend. Great, cheap craft idea:D yay

  5. Sallie E.
    June 6, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Does the food coloring stain their faces?

  6. Rita
    October 31, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    I HOPE IT DOES NOT STAIN MY FACE. I just coated my face to match my ketchup bottle costume and my fingers are stained soooooo now I’m worried….. Lol

  7. ceryn
    August 9, 2015 at 1:56 am #

    can I use flour instead?

    • Jennifer Murray
      August 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

      I’ve never tried it! Let me know if you do and how it turns out!

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