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Edible Homemade Finger Paint

This homemade finger paint can be made with food-grade ingredients you probably have in your fridge and pantry right now! See the notes section for an alternative recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Heather Dessinger


Spice Options for Yellow

  • Use turmeric for the most intense color, but be sure to cover your work surface because it stains. It will also tint little hands slightly but fade pretty quickly. (Ironically, it stains skin but whitens teeth. True story.) Ground mustard can be used to create a light yellow.

Spice Options for Green

Spice Options for Red or Pink


  • Add yogurt to a small bowl or several bowls depending on how many colors you are making.
  • Mix in your powdered herbs/spices one teaspoon at a time until you reach the intensity you prefer. Use only one type of herb/spice per bowl.
    For yellow, I used 1 tablespoon turmeric to color 1/4 cup yogurt. For green, only 1 teaspoon of chlorella was needed to reach a rich, green color. For pink, I usually use closer to 1 tablespoon of powder.
  • Add honey to taste if desired.


Alternative Recipe Using Natural Food Dye


  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • natural food coloring - add as much as desired (I use this brand)
  • A smidge of light-colored honey (Optional. Use if you want your kids to enjoy taste testing as they go)


Add drops of food coloring until the paint reaches the color intensity that you prefer. Stir in optional honey to taste if desired.