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“Children always have great fun finger painting. This paint is eady to make and very economical. Use the food colouring to achieve the desired colour- recipe is just a guide as it really depends on the colours that you are after. This recipe was from television "Burke's Backyard" about 10 years ago. Any soap flakes can be used to make this paint. Add Eucalyptus oil or dettol (zaar soesn't recognise dettol as an ingredient). Always in Australia, when times were tough, the good old Aussie spirit would always find a way! Making your childrens fingerpaints is by far cheaper than purchasing paints.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 cup cornflour
  • 1 liter water
  • 1 cup bath soap, flakes (eg Lux flakes)
  • 5 drops of edible food coloring (add colouring to achieve the desired colours)
  • 5 drops eucalyptus oil (optional) or 5 drops lavendar oil (optional)


  1. Place the cornflour in a saucepan and mix to a smooth paste with a little of the water.
  2. Add all of the remaining water, the soap flakes and the dettol or eucalyptus oil.
  3. Heat and stir until the paint mixture thickens. Do not boil.
  4. Pour into separate containers and add a different food colouring to each container. Cover with lids.
  5. The paint will store in the refrigerator for a few days to a week.
  6. NOTE: If you are worried about children eating the paint, do not add any dettol or eucalyptus oil. The paint will then only keep for a few days.

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