Homemade Scented Finger Paints (Non-Toxic)

This post may include affiliate links.

Art supplies make my heart happy. There is just something freeing about taking the time, using your hands, and creating. Painting has always been my stress outlet and this love of paint has been passed onto my kids. 

Personally my favorite medium is oil…not exactly the most kid friendly medium out there. After a couple projects, a bunch of messes, and a headache or two attempting to keep the kids from taste testing the paint…because let’s be honest, a toddler is going to attempt to eat it- I went on a search for non-toxic homemade finger paint recipes. And the internet was full of endless ideas. Then I found this idea for scented watercolors on Serving Pink Lemonade and fell in love. 

Homemade Scented Finger Paints

Taking this idea and mixing it with a basic flour based recipe we came up with a homemade scented finger paint idea that we all had a great time playing with!

Aren’t they beautiful? I am in LOVE with them!!

Homemade Scented Finger Paints (Non-Toxic) Recipe:

1 cup of flour (or cornstarch)
1 cup water food coloring Vanillia Extract (Can also use koolaide or essential oils)

1.Combine flour (or cornstarch), scent of choice, and water in a small bowl and mix until smooth. If it is coming out gloppy thin with water. If you use cornstarch, mix over heat. 
2. Separate into containers of how many colors you want and add food dye.


We had so much fun making our Christmas cards with this paint using a vanilla extract. The kids loved using “Christmas cookie” paint to create some holiday love. 

Have a kids craft that you would like to share?



Share as many posts as you would like. They can be older or newer posts.  The only rule in sharing a post on this linky is that the craft shared needs to be one that can be used with finger paint. Simple enough right? Looking forward to what you guys have to share!!

This paint is not designed to be purposefully eaten. This is just made with ingredients that are found in every day items that are safer to ingest than typical paint chemicals.

Stephanie Oswald
Austin, TX parenting blogger and early childhood intervention specialist. Mommy to three wonderfully amazing kids who is learning how to navigate my chaotic life as a parent.
Stephanie Oswald

Latest posts by Stephanie Oswald (see all)

Young Living Essential Oils


  1. Shannon @ Mamamusing says

    This sounds great – what about stains? I’m just worried…
    food colouring + my kids = me stressed :)

    • says

      LOL! I can understand that. I use food coloring in a lot of my stuff and it has yet to leave a stain on anything except fingers and my kids can get pretty messy. I also use it in some of our bath products like crayons and it comes right up with lysol. I guess I would just say like any paint you use with kids use paint shirts, cover surfaces, and don’t over do the amount of food coloring you add to the paint (1-2 drops goes a long way).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge