DIY All-Natural Kid’s Paint That Is Even Better Than My Last Recipe

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I really do love to paint. My mother was an aspiring artist in her off time and she always did fantastically fun craft projects with us when we were kids. I am a right-brained thinker, so the artsy fartsy stuff was ALWAYS what tamed my wild ways.My son did not fall far from the tree. He is just as active of a kiddo as I was, and sometimes the energy that he exudes is just beyond me! Arts and crafts are one of the ways that I am able to keep him sitting still for ANY length of time. Sometimes, not even that can stop Super Silas!

Citric acid, the natural preservative

Back in June of 2012, I gave you guys a different recipe for making kids paint, that I used to use. That paint was pretty great and we really enjoyed using it, but I wanted to make a thicker paint that the color seemed less gel-like and more solid throughout. Citric Acid is used in many things as a natural preservative. It prohibits mold and fungal growth, and is completely natural, derived from the peels of citrus. In fact, citric acid is naturally occurring in our bodies as well, so there is little to no chance of an allergic reaction.  I decided to put some in this recipe to try and make it last longer, but it is completely optional and not needed to make this recipe!

DIY All-Natural Kid's Paint

This paint is extremely easy to clean, and it is totally washable; it does not stain clothing. This paint only takes about ten minutes to make and it has a gorgeous texture! It can be made to order, thick or thin, depending on the kid's craft you have in mind.


  • 1/2 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder (or non-GMO cornstarch)
  • 1  Tbsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water (+extra if you want a thinner paint)
  • Food Coloring
  • 1 Tbsp. castile soap (optional – this adds a nice smooth consistency to the pain and a glossy finish when dry!)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. citric acid (optional – natural preservative, helps lengthen the shelf life of the paint)


  1. Combine flour, arrowroot powder (or cornstarch), salt, citric acid (optional), and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan. Mix until a thick paste has been created.
  2. Add 1 cup of water and whisk the mixture to prevent lumps, over a medium/low heat.
  3. Whisk paint mixture continuously until it begins to thicken. This may take up to ten minutes, so be patient, you are not doing anything wrong, I promise! Once it thickens, switch from a whisk to a mixing spoon.
  4. Once it has reached a nice smooth thick consistency, remove it from heat and add 1/2 cup of water and mix thoroughly until the paint is well combined.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool completely and then mix in the dish soap (optional).
  6. Separate your paint mixture into separate containers and mix in your coloring until you reach your desired color! You are ready to paint!
  7. Store remaining paint in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks (depending on whether or not you added the citric acid).
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