So obviously I knew the 12 Days of Christmas ‘project’ would be a challenge. I mean I have done it for three years now. Blogging every day for 12 days is a lot of work (how you all who did it as part of NaBloPoMo in November I don’t know!!) especially during this busy time of year!
So this homemade gift recipe was supposed to be for Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas, Day 8 as in yesterday. But even though I had this ready to go yesterday, yesterday got away from me, working pretty much all day and not getting home until late.
Coincidentally enough, every year around ‘Day 8’ I drop ‘the ball’ and miss a day posting and therefore get a day behind in the 12 Days of Christmas. I guess you would say it’s become a tradition! : )
So here it is a day late…. Sorry peeps… One day I will be more organized and on top of things!
But thanks for waiting patiently, and just for that I have a fun recipe today!
Homemade Finger Paint!
Thanks to Pinterest, Homemade Finger Paint has become quite the viral sensation! I have seen several different versions and this is the version I chose to try first because it uses ingredients I had on hand. While you can make this paint with either flour or cornstarch, I opted to use cornstarch because it is so cheap and like many of you, I have a box that sits in my pantry barley used (except for a tablespoon here or there).
This finger paint is fun to make and fun to use! It is perfect for entertaining kiddos on a chilly/rainy day in or for gift giving!
Packaging suggestion: This can be stored in some old baby food jars or little plastic containers. Homemade finger paint would be great stocking stuffers or a fun gift for children to give their friends or family. Or you can whip it to give it to that special child in your life with some paint brushes, sketch pads or construction paper. If gifting this to others be sure and inform the recipient that this paint is homemade and will only last a week or two (see notes below).
Homemade Finger Paint
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Makes approximately 1 cup paint
½ cup cornstarch OR 1 cup flour
2 cups water
3 tablespoons sugar
Combine cornstarch (OR flour), water, salt and sugar in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Cook cornstarch mixture for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture begins to thicken and becomes gel like. Remove from heat.
Divide mixture into different bowls/storage containers. Add desired food coloring to each container and stir to combine. Add an additional water, as needed, until desired consistency is reached.
Let cool and paint away!
Note: ‘Paint’ can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days but for best results should be stored in refrigerator when not in use. Just bring to room temperature before using and add additional water if needed. Paints will only keep for 1-2 weeks and then be discarded.