Easy DIY edible paint for babies

edible paint for babies

by Emily Thorpe |

We all know that babies try to put all manner of things into their mouths, including objects they definitely shouldn't. But what do you do if you want to get creative with your little one and do a bit of painting? Why you make your own edible paint for babies of course!

Babies move at the speed of light when they want to, which means it's important to choose your arts and crafts materials carefully to ensure that your little one won't be at risk of harm, should they attempt to pop something in their little mouths.

It goes without saying that no paint should be ingested (by any of us!) but our DIY method for edible paint for babies is a completely safe option that requires minimal supplies to pull together, buying you invaluable peace of mind as a parent. We've also included some non-toxic paint options you can pick up online as an alternative too.

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Edible paint for babies method


1 cup of cornflour

1 cup of cold water

3 cups of boiling water

Liquid food colouring


  1. Combine the cold water with the cornflour in a bowl until mixed together.

  2. Add in one cup of the boiling water at a time to the cornflour mix, stirring in before adding the next one.

  3. Pour the mixture into a saucepan over a medium heat until it begins to thicken to the consistency of custard.

  4. For different colours, seperate the mixture into as many different bowls as you want colours, adding your chosen liquid colouring to each one until happy with the colours.

  5. Once the mixtures have cooled, it's time to grab some paper and get creative!

Store the paint in separate jars for up to three weeks.

Non-toxic paint for babies

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project.

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