homemade bath paint recipe

make your own bath paint by kojodesignsbath paint recipeAs school comes to a close and summer begins this mama is looking forward to a summer of saying yes to all sorts of things that are usually too much to handle on a school night: sleeping in forts, staying up late, evenings of  total house destruction  crafting, eating watermelon shirtless in the yard…and loooong baths complete with bath paints!

DIY bath paintBath painting is seriously one of my girls favorite activities and making your own bath paints is both cost effective and super easy!

make your own bath paintHomemade Bath Paint

Bath paint
1/4 cup shampoo/ or hand soap/ or body wash (use whatever soapy thing you have lying around, great use for shampoo you didn’t like, or the end of the body wash)
1/4 cup corn starch
1-2 TBS water
3-4 drops food coloring

Combine cornstarch, shampoo, and food coloring. Add water 1/2 a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is thick enough to stick to the paint brush without much dripping, but thin enough to paint a line. If it gets too runny, add more cornstarch, too thick, add more water.

make your own bath paintmake your own bath paintLet kids paint the walls, the bath and themselves for hours!

bath paint recipeStore in an airtight container in a cool place. This recipe makes one baby-food size jar of paint.


  1. says

    Oh this is great! We are BIG bath paint fans in our house! Thanks for the recipe. I bet you’re loving the turn to good weather finally!

    • Kirstin says

      Rachel, not that we’ve found… we’ve tried it in a couple different types of tub (more porcelain/glass and plastic) and in both cases, a little rinse washes it right down. I will say, in the old house, we had ‘soft’ tile (travertine) and wouldn’t let the kids use the paints on there…

  2. says

    This is such a cute idea! I can’t wait to try it with my boys. Thanks so much for linking up with Moonlight & Mason Jars, I chose you as my favorite post this week! Come by and grab our “featured” button if you’d like. Hope you’ll link up again!

  3. says

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    • says

      I love this… Thanks so much for letting me make this for my grandson… I’m on the budget not him… I feel like I have given him something to remember that didn’t have to go under to make or get this for him… He loves it <3 <3 <3 Thanks for the free info on it too… much help and fun…. thanks is not enough :)

    • Kirstin says

      Jess, this is Jord’s recipe, but we use it around here too and the Smooches LOVE it. Like, beg to bath paint every night- haha. :)

  4. Ashley says

    If your concerned about the food coloring staining you can buy dye made for soap making at Michaels or any craft store. Thanks for the recipe my kids will love this!

  5. Jodi says

    We made this and I was running around the house I was so excited! We were buying the $5 avon kind and this was the exact same! Washed off the kids great! FYI – a little splashed on the grout in the kitchen and it did take awhile to get it off completely.

    • Kirstin says

      Jodi, we’ve had that problem too (in our last house), but thanks for the heads up. And so glad you guys loved it! :)

  6. says

    This is a great idea! I’m going to do this as a fundraiser for our church youth groups…get the kids to make and sell the bath paints!! I work with the kids and am a member of The Salvation Army in Annapolis, MD!!

  7. says

    As a 22 year veteran of the Bathtub refinishing Industry. I would not be worried about the food coloring staining. However, before you leave your kids in the bathtub fro extended periods of time please know porcelain tubs before 1984 contain lead. If the tub is worn lead will leach into the bathwater. Professional refinishing will fix the issue but just wanted to make that point. Lead test kits are available at lowes, home depot, invest in one and test your tub!

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  9. Angela says

    This is so awesome! I just did this and right before I added food color I separated it into 4, 2oz portion cups so we had 4 colors to play with. It is such a fun, and easy project.

  10. Dawn says

    Great recipe! As I’m typing this, my 3 year old is having the time of her life painting the bathtub (and herself!), while singing about painting. I doubled the recipe and split it into 4 plastic fruit snack cups. No liquid food colouring in the house, so I just added about 1/2 a tsp of tempra paint to each cup. Made some nice vibrant pastel bath paints! (I’ve let her play with undiluted tempra paint in the tub before and only had some temporary staining from the red, so I expect this will clean up just fine. Enamel tub with a plastic surround though)

  11. Ashley says

    I love this idea I never thought to make paint for bath time my child loves to paint on the walls and her self so this is a great ideA where she can do both

    • Kirstin says

      Ashley, my kids were asking to make this bath paint last night! Such a fun addition to bath time! 😉

  12. Erin says

    Incase anyone was looking for a food dye alternative. I was boiling beets today and it occurred to me that I could use the beet juice instead of food dyes {knowing this would end up in my son’s mouth}! I boiled down the beet water until there were only a few table spoons left, and was extremely saturated in color and replaced the water and dye with the beet water. Worked SO well! Was super bright pink! I assume blueberries and cherries would respond similarly. Any bright fruit or veggie water really and then just save it for your next batch! Can’t wait for bath time!!


  1. […] any desperate mother would do: I turned to Pinterest. In no time at all I had a decent-sounding recipe for bath paint. Just body wash, corn starch, water and food coloring. Easy peasy. And quite a bit cheaper than the […]

  2. […] Homemade Bath Paint Paint your way to cleaner fingers and toes with homemade bath paint. We absolutely love the recipe from creative mama Kristin at Kojo Designs. Mix cornstarch, food coloring (it won’t stain your kids in such small doses) and any type of body wash or shampoo you’ve got lying around, pour and paint! Find out how to get the texture just right by grabbing the how-to over at Kojo Designs. […]

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