DIY Milk Paint for Kids {Easy, Safe and Fun} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

Have you ever heard of Milk Paint? It’s such a fun and unique type of paint to use when painting with kids. It’s completely non-toxic and makes a beautiful shiny sheen. Milk paint sort of reminds me of finger paint, but a lot thicker. Come on in and I’ll share my recipe for DIY Milk Paint for Kids…

DIY milk paint for kids

Painting with milk has been around for centuries.

Painting with kids

The milk paint sold in stores today and used by early colonist turns into a chalk paint-like texture.

homemade milk paint for kids

This variation of milk paint is not like the one sold in stores. Unlike the chalk like milk paint, this finish is thick and shiny.

Non toxic paint recipe for kids

In the store, you’ll probably find a milk powder to mix into paint. Other milk paint recipes use liquid milk and that leaves the paintings watered down.

Safe milk paint recipe for kids

This paint uses completely safe Condensed Milk for a tasty and shiny finish.  Condensed milk has had the water removed from the milk, so it’s a thick and creamy texture. Just like water paint though, you’ll need to keep the paint close by for grabbing more paint.  It doesn’t really soak into the bristles of the paintbrush, so keep the paint handy for dipping into so you can finish those beautiful masterpieces.

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Here’s What Youll Need to Make Milk Paint for Kids…

Maes 5 colors – 1/4 cup of each color

how to make milk paint for kids

  • 5 containers with lids- at least 4 oz. size
  • 1(14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 different colors of food coloring
  • spoon or fork for mixing
  • paper or canvas for painting
  • paint brushes
  • Suggested – *plastic tablecloth or newspaper for protecting surfaces from sticky paint

Instructions on how to make Milk Paint for Painting with Kids

how to make milk paint for kids

  • Divide the milk into your 5 containers – about 1/4 cup per container
how to make milk paint for kids

  • Add a few drops of food coloring in each container – 1 color per container
  • *Use more drops for a deeper color
  • Mix the colorant and the milk using your fork, spoon, or whatever you have handy

That’s it! Now, you are ready to paint

how to make milk paint for kids

Quick Facts about this Milk Paint Recipe…

  • The paint reminds me of fingerpaint in that you’ll have to dip the brush back into the paint quite often
  • The difference between this recipe and other milk recipes or finger paints is that it’s not watered down. The paint is lush and thick
  • The paint is quite sticky when it’s wet, but it drys quickly into a beautiful shiny finish

Storing your milk paint…

  • Cover your paint with lids and refrigerate up to 3 weeks
how to make milk paint for kids


~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do

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