Little Picasso: {diy child paint}


Rare & Beautiful Treasures DIY Child Paint-Little Picasso

Baby, it’s cold outside!!  This polar vortex is something else.  Is it sub-zero where you are?

During the long winter months I am always looking for projects to do with my little ones indoors.  I know you are too.  This diy paint could not be any easier (2 ingredients).  It washes easily off surfaces and kiddos.  It is even safe to eat.

Rare & Beautiful Treasures DIY Child Paint Recipe

It works equally well as finger paint or with brushes.

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To make your own paints, just put a few heaping tablespoons of plain yogurt in each of several individual dishes or ramekins.  Add 5-7 drops of food coloring to each bowl and stir well.

Rare & Beautiful Treasures DIY Child Paint

It’s really that simple!

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It is, of course, quite messy!  But it wipes up well!  I plopped my babe down, in only a diaper, with an big piece of poster board.  The paint wiped clean from the floor and baby with warm soapy water.

You could certainly make smaller amounts of each color (try 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt and 2 drops food coloring) for brush play to better contain the mess.

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Or you could do as I did and let your little one go crazy while you sit and enjoy a hot cup of coffee on a cold winter day.   My 1 year-old played with these paints long enough for me to look through a decorating magazine and drink a full cup of coffee (without reheating!!)  Oh heavenly day!

In the end he was crowned King of Messes, but what can I say?  He wears it well.

What do you think?  Would you try this at home?


  1. I applaud you! I admit, I’m on babe #6 and still try my best to avoid these messy situations, but I really should lighten up.

    • Julie, you are a hero! I think if I had as many little darlings as you I might have to put the messy stuff aside 😉

  2. Oh, he’s adorable in the mess! I was a lot more willing to let my first born make these kind of creative messes when she was that age than I am with my second. It helps that he’s one of those kids who can’t stand to get messy 😉 I love your floor too!

  3. I love this! My kids love to paint and I will definitely be trying this out.

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