Baby’s first edible finger paints! 9 Different Recipes :D

I was just recently asked how old Sophia was, when we started arts and crafts with her. Sophia’s first hands on art activity was finger painting. She was 8 months old. I made her edible finger paints to explore on water color paper, that I then later used for our Valentines Day cards. I did a ton of searching around and looked at different recipes. I have compiled a list of 9 different edible finger paint recipes that I found.

First finger painting
First finger painting

I used a 3 ingredient recipe that was just cornstarch, water, and food coloring. 1. The Imagination Tree has a good recipe for it here. (Cooking required)

First finger painting
First finger painting

As you can see in the pictures it is pretty chunky and a bit jello-like.

Chunky paints
Chunky paints

There are plenty of other kinds of edible finger paints. Some of them require cooking and a few do not.

2. Here’s one from Mom Tastic that uses flour, salt, sugar, and food coloring, link here. (Cooking required)

Exploring new textures and colors
Exploring new textures and colors

3. Here’s a jello based one from the Imagination Tree, link here. (Cooking required)

Sensory fun
Sensory fun

4. A yogurt based 2 ingredient recipe from Make and Takes, link here. (No cooking required)

Edible paint!
Edible paint!

5. Flour and salt based one from E how, link here. (Cooking required)

6. Here is a sugar and cornstarch based one from Dixie sugar, link here. (Cooking required)

7. Here is a pudding based one from Pop Sugar, link here. (Cooking required unless you buy the pudding already made)

8. This one is cornstarch and gelatin based from Invitation to the Butterfly Ball, link here. (Cooking required)

9. Here is a simple 3 ingredient one with flour, water and food coloring by Mama Ot, link here. (No cooking required)

I know I’ve seen a recipe that used some thing else to color the paints instead of food coloring but I’m not able to locate it. If you have other good recipes please leave a comment!

 

The Painted Tree

Our pastel painted branch!
Our pastel painted branch!

I saw this fun idea on Babble Dabble Do blog for a rainbow tree.

From that day I was on a constant search for a branch that would work. It took several weeks since around where we live right now 99% of the trees are pines.

What you will need:

  • A branch of your liking
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
  • Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
All set up to paint
All set up to paint

Cover your work surface. I tape (with painters or packing tape) the wax cloth directly on to the table so it doesn’t move around while we work.

Excited to paint :)
Excited to paint 🙂
Painting our pastel tree
Painting our pastel tree

TIP: The foam paint brushes are the best for toddlers to work with on this project

Ready to flip over
Ready to flip over

Sophia was more interested in using a fewer colors over all covering larger areas.

It's great for hanging up crafts
It’s great for hanging up crafts

I placed rocks in a vase to hold up our tree. The tree is a really fun way to display some of our art work we do 🙂

Snowflake the Elf all ready for mornign for Sophia to find her
Tree with our salt dough ornaments

(I painted the vase pink since I wasn’t a fan of the brownish red color it was before. )

How to make:

Cookie cutter salt dough ornaments here and decorating them here

Pine Cone Santa here

Counting down to Christmas with Elf on the Shelf with a toddler friendly version here

Cookie Cutter Salt Dough Ornaments

Having a play date and looking for a easy fun craft activity for the little’s to do for cheap? Want to make ornaments for your own tree or maybe some presents for family members? These are a great choice for all of them!

Cookie Cutter Salt Dough Ornaments
Cookie Cutter Salt Dough Ornaments (and a handprint)

What you will need:

  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Rolling pin
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Cookie cutters
  • Skewer (or something else to make holes for the ribbon)
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Ribbon or string
What you need to make Cookie Cutter Salt Dough Ornaments
What you need to make Cookie Cutter Salt Dough Ornaments

Mix together the salt and flour.

Tasting the flour
Tasting the flour
Pouring the flour in the bowl
Pouring the flour in the bowl

Add the water in smaller increments while mixing with the spatula.

Adding water a little bit at a time
Adding water a little bit at a time
Mixing it up slowly
Mixing it up slowly

TIP: You may not need to add the whole 1/2 cup of water. If dough gets sticky and a little bit more flour.

We actually needed a few extra table spoons of water to pull the dough together. The dough is perfect when it holds form. See below.

At this point it will be easier to use your hands. Press the dough together to form a ball.

All done and ready to go
All done and ready to go

Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper and flatten it out with the rolling pin to a desired thickness. We did ours at about 1/4″ thick. The thicker the dough is, the longer it will take to dry and the heavier the ornaments will be (heavy is generally not good for Christmas trees).

Dough rolled out and ready for the cookie cutters
Dough rolled out and ready for the cookie cutters

Cut out the ornaments and set aside.

Cutting out ornaments
Cutting out ornaments

After the first set was cut out, we balled the scraps and re-rolled them flat again.

Cutting out ornaments
Cutting out ornaments

After the second set of ornaments were cut out, we decided to make a hand print ornament with the rest of the scrap dough.

DON’T Forget to poke holes in your ornaments before baking. I used the skewer to make the holes.

From the leftover scraps we decided to make one handprint ornament
From the leftover scraps we decided to make one handprint ornament

TIP: If you want to smooth down cracks and rough edges, you can do so by dipping your finger in water and smoothing them out, adding water as needed.

After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F
After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F

Put the ornaments on the parchment paper covered cookie sheet. Put in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for at least two hours. After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F the ornaments still had wet spots (when you squeeze they are soft and give to pressure). So I flipped them over and increased the oven temperature to 225F and baked them for 2 more hours.

After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F, still wet in spots. Flipped over and increased temp to 225 for 2 more hours.
After 2 hours in the oven at 200 F, still wet in spots. Flipped over and increased temp to 225 for 2 more hours.

Once the ornaments are fully dried out allow them to cool down before continuing to the next step.

The ornaments can be used as is, just add the strings, or you can further decorate as desired.

This is for different ideas for decorating your ornaments. For ideas on how to make decorate your salt dough cookie cutter ornaments click here.