Homemade Edible Cornstarch Paint

Homemade Edible Cornstarch Paint!

Spark an early love for art and creativity while giving your little one the sensory experience that they crave. All with this taste-safe, odor free homemade paint.

These paints work beautifully on highchair trays or other hard surfaces. The color does not stay well on paper, so you won’t be able to save their first masterpiece (though photos last forever). But these paints have a wonderfully smooth and creamy texture that provides a great sensory experience for your child, and a shelf life of up to 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. And the best part – it’s totally safe if it goes into their little mouths.

What you need to make edible cornstarch paint:

  • 2 C cornstarch
  • 1 C cold water
  • 2-3 cups Boiling Water (approximately). Add 1 cup at a time until the consistency is similar to acrylic paint.
  • 1 tablespoon glycerine (optional but highly recommended)
  • Liquid food coloring, or gel food coloring for more vibrant colors


  1. In a pan, combine 1 C cold water and 2 C corn starch. Stir them together.
  2. While stirring, slowly pour in the 2-3 C of boiling water (1 C at a time). Adding 1 Tbsp of glycerine at this point will help to prevent clumping.
  3. Turn the stove on to very low heat while continuously stirring.
    * Cornstarch can become overcooked and chunky very quickly. Make sure that the temperature is very low or turn the heat on and off to prevent clumping.
  4. Continue stirring over very low heat until it has reached a smooth consistency, similar to acrylic paint.
  5. Once your paint base is a smooth and thick (but not clumpy) consistency, remove it from the heat and separate it into containers for the different colors you want to make.
  6. Once separated into containers, add the food coloring and stir.

We hope that you enjoy this colorful, fun and stress-free activity with your little one!