Edible Paint | Frugi Family Takeover


Over the last few years, our lovely Frugi Family have been reviewing our latest collections on their blogs, providing us with fantastic & honest feedback. We thought it would be a fun idea to host a Frugi Family Blog Takeover where they get to chat about a topic of their choice… Get ready for a range of exciting blogs from fun summer activities, to travelling tips and even delicious recipes! Frugi Family Takeover Blog #8 is from What Mummy Thinks.

With the summer holidays now in full swing I’ve been thinking about activities that I can do with both my children at the same time; edible paint immediately sprang to mind.Perfect for babies and fun for pre-schoolers too!

Isabella is nearly 4 and Benjamin is 1 and a half so finding something that they both enjoy and is safe enough for them both can be really tricky. I decided I wanted to give painting a go but didn’t want to use regular paints as Benjamin will try to eat everything and anything – I even found him with a dead woodlouse in his mouth the other day! So I looked into making edible paints. There are so many different recipes available to try but I chose to use flour and cornflour.

Making the edible paint was actually incredibly easy to do and made a nice little task for me to do with my eldest while Benjamin slept. Isabella enjoyed twice the creative fun while also sharing in an activity with her little brother.

As I mentioned earlier, I tried two different recipes in the end. I started off using cornflour but found its consistency wasn’t brilliant when it cooled down and it dried out quite quickly; using plain flour worked much better for me and the paint lasted a good few weeks (when kept in the fridge). The end result of both recipes was a totally edible and non-toxic paint that didn’t matter if Benjamin tried a little nibble or two.

edible paint process

The recipes:

  • 2 cups of cornflour
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 4.5 cups of boiling water
  • Liquid food colouring

Mix the cornflour with the cold water and stir together. Pour in the boiling water and stir between each cup. When mixing, it feels very weird and almost hard but as you add the boiling water, it slowly melts a little to form a gloopy mixture. I used individual jam jars to divide the paste into before adding colouring as I didn’t want to do huge bulk pots.

The flour recipe:

Using a basic ratio of 1 flour : 2 water, you can make as much or as little as you like.

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups cold water
  • Liquid food colouring

Add the flour and water to a pot. Stir them together over a medium heat until it turns into a thick paste. When it starts to pull away from the pot, it’s ready to be taken off the heat. To get the correct consistency, slowly add cold water and stir continuously until your chosen consistency is reached. Divide paint into jam jars and add the food colouring.

Edible Paint

We had great fun with this activity and have been out in the garden painting masterpieces. Benjamin, as predicted, put the paint in his mouth almost immediately but enjoyed getting his fingers and toes messy. Isabella too loved being able to paint with such a variety of textures and had great fun with this joint activity with her brother.

me messy messy fingers together getting creative



  1. Hayley Goleniowska

    What a brilliant idea for little artists everywhere!

  2. karen - would like to be

    Brilliant idea 🙂

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