It’s finally happened…it’s gotten cold here in North Carolina. We had an unusually long fall with warm temperatures and plenty to do outside. But now that not even our parkas are enough to brave the mountain cold, we’re turning our attention to indoor activities to help pass the days. Thankfully, both of my kids love to craft and create. Give them a piece of paper and some crayons and they are entertained for hours. But over our holiday break I decided to take things one step further. After all, I knew if they loved to make their artwork amazing, they would be even more surprised by the ability to make their own art supplies.
Since my youngest is all about finger painting right now, I thought it would be fun to whip up some finger paints. But better yet, we decided to make them sparkle by adding glitter for an art supply that truly provides hours of out of this world fun.
What You Will Need:
1 Cup of Cornstarch
8 Tablespoons of Sugar
4 Cups of Cold Water
How to Make It:
For me, making my own finger paint has always been so easy. With just a few ingredients, I’m able to not only amaze the kiddos by transforming some kitchen items into something amazing but I’m able to let them help make their own art supplies. To start, I simply mixed my cornstarch and sugar together and then added my cold water and stirred the mixture well until everything was dissolved.
Next, I transferred my mixture to a large pan and added it to the stove over low/medium heat. I didn’t want to mixture to boil but I did want it to get hot enough to thicken. After a few minutes during while I stirred my mixture continuously, it began to thicken. Once I had reached a gooey consistency, I removed it from the heat.
Next, I pulled out some jars and divided my mixture evenly into three different jars so that I could prepare them for color.
Once I was ready to add color to my finger paint, I simply squeezed a few drops of food color into each jar and stirred it well to ensure that I had an even color throughout the jar.
Now that I had my basic finger paints, I was ready to add a little sparkle. I knew that by adding silver glitter to my paints, I could take them from ordinary to out of this world…making them perfect for my space obsessed son.
I added equal amounts of silver glitter to each jar of finger paint and them mixed them well, continuing to add glitter until I achieved the desired effect.
After my glitter was completely stirred in, I added a top to each jar and cooled them down (I simply set them outside) so that they would continue to thicken and not burn little fingers. After about thirty minutes, I was ready to remove the lids and allow my little guy to get creative.
He immediately loved the glitter in his paints and was thrilled that they had started in our very own kitchen. And as he dipped his finger gingerly into the paint, I saw the wonder on his face grow.
He swirled the colors, created masterpieces and above all had tons of fun.
With each new color, he added a new layer to his creation as his homemade sparkling finger paints entertained him for hours.
Whether you’re stuck indoors like us or are simply looking for a fun way to make creativity bloom in your home, I highly encourage you to add a little sparkle to your craft time with these easy to make paints!
Tell me, who in your home loves to get creative?