Kids Scented Paint Recipes for Christmas Season (Pin it to Pinterest)
Sugar Cookie, Hot Chocolate, Candy Cane and Gingerbread Cookie
Whatever the reason….
you are looking for a quick activity for the kids
you have no paint on hand
you want to make the eco-friendly paint from scratch
… this homemade paint is a fun two-fold activity that is sure to please. Make this activity once and they will always be asking for the “yummy smelling paint that mommy makes!” This recipe uses basic ingredients from your pantry and is super easy to vary for the season, activity or celebration. If doing this activity with a preschooler, painting with a brush or even finger painting are fantastic activities for fine motor development. To make this paint gluten free simply sub corn or potato starch for regular all-purpose flour.
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 Tbsp. Salt
In a medium bowl whisk ingredients together well until smooth, add water until you achieve your desired consistency. Add more for paint to use with brushes and less for finger painting. When you dry spices or liquids for scents it will change the consistency. I like the make up a large batch of base and then divide it up to create individual colors and scents. These are fantastic paints for numerous holiday crafts, the smell stays long after the paint dries.
To create these yummy Christmas scents combine ¼ cup of paint base to the following spices/extracts. I recommend mixing them in a medium sized bowl, and transfer to the container your child will use to paint from. Mixing in larger bowls will make you grateful for the mess prevention.
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. Almond extract
- 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened baking cocoa
- 1 Tbsp. Vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 3-5 drops red food coloring
- 1 Tbsp. ginger powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. all-spice
While these are food grade ingredients and are safe to eat, don’t let the the divine smell fool you. I wouldn’t recommend eating them. They do not taste good and mixing paintbrushes with homemade paint would introduce other ingredients.
If looking for storage or paint brush tools, I picked up a 3 pack of dip cups from the Dollar Tree and they were the perfect size for each scented color paint. I also found a 4 pack of small lidded plastic containers. These would be fabulous in squirt bottles as well. I also love these jumbo handled paintbrushes, they are perfect for toddlers or older children, we use them on most all of our paint projects.
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Last Updated on November 4, 2013 by Ashley at Frugal Coupon Living