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Homemade Non-Toxic Herbal Kids Paint

It can be easy to buy a set of paints at the shops, but it’s a much more rewarding and exciting experience to mix and create the colours yourself, using absolutely non-toxic, simple ingredients. This is such a fun and easy activity to do with the kids – they’ll absolutely love it!

What you will need:

  1. Powdered herbs in your choice of colours – 2 tbs
  2. Clay (preferably kaolin/white cosmetic clay) – 2 tbs
  3. Water – 4 tbs

For this example, we’ve used beetroot powder as our colour of choice and pink french clay as it’s quite light, and we already had some handy. Kaolin clay is still preferred, as it won’t change the colour of your paints. It’s also an affordable option.

We’ve also opted for water as the liquid base, to produce more of a water colour type paint. You can substitute this for egg whites or glycerin. Water of course, is the easiest to source.

When choosing powdered herbs, go for ones that are coloured, such as the following:

  • Turmeric – orange
  • Spirulina – dark green
  • Beetroot – red
  • Activated charcoal – black
  • Arrowroot – white
  • Annatto – red/orange
  • Hibiscus – purple

Using herbs means you don’t have to worry about having any toxic pigments in your paint that can be harmful to kids.


  1. Gather all your ingredients.
  2. Mix your powdered herb with the clay.
  3. Add in a small amount of water, about 1 tsp at a time, and stir. If your paint is too thick, just add more water. If it’s too thin, add more herbs and clay.
  4. Once thoroughly mixed, your paint is ready for use! Super quick and easy.
  5. Pour any leftover paint into a sealed jar. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (if using water as the liquid), since water grows bacteria.

Here are some photos from our paint making session! The way arts and crafts should be 😀

Gather your ingredients.
Mix the powdered herb with the clay.
Add some water at room temperature.
Stir away!
Add water or more powder/clay until you get the paint consistency you want.
Pour the mixture into a glass jar so it can be stored in the refrigerator after use. Grab a paint brush (or use your hands!) and start painting away. The girls are painting some clay models they made.
Let it dry. End result – your very own masterpiece!