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Homemade Gluten Free Edible Paint

edible-paintWe have been Gluten Free for over 3 years and I understand  the challenges that can come with making dietary transitions such as this (not to mention the financial implications that come with it) I remember my jaw almost dropping when I saw the price of Gluten Free Paints at a Natural Parenting Store. I decided to try out a few of my own versions to see what we could come up with as a cost effective, eco-friendly alternative. Here’s our Gluten Free Edible Paint Recipe we’ve been using for quite some time. The consistency is similar to that of water paint, which I L-O-V-E because it gives children the chance to really explore with different textures and painting mediums.

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Homemade Gluten Free Edible Paints

Here’s What You’ll Need:

~ 4 Tablespoons of Sugar

~ 1/2 Cup Potato Starch (corn starch can work as well – I would suggest only using Organic/Non-GMO corn starch)

~ 2 Cups of Water

~ 1-2 Beets, Tumeric Powder, Spirulina Powder and Blueberries (For colouring)

How To:

~Whisk Sugar, Potato Starch and water in a pot until it’s free of any lumps. Bring mixture to a boil and continue to whisk while it thickens. Simmer on low for about 2-3 minutes. Set aside to cool before adding colours and  portioning into Mason Jars.

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My little helpers adding sugar into our gluten free paints

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Whisk until it is no longer lumpy and it’s a nice thick consistency

~ For colouring your paint you have a couple of options. I personally like using natural pigments you can find at home, such as beet juice, tumeric powder, spirulina powder and blueberry juice – but you can also use food colouring of your choice. I will use my juicer to make beet and blueberry juice.

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Using the juicer to make beet and blueberry juice to colour our paints


~ Whisk your colour of choice with the gluten free paint mixture.

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Beet juice whisked into gluten free paint

Once your paint is complete, transfer to Mason Jar or portion in ice cube containers. 

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Homemade gluten free paint coloured with natural pigments from home. Beet juice for Red. Tumeric for Yellow. Spirulina for Green. Blueberry Juice for blue.

To give children a variety of different implements to paint with, try collecting elements from nature, such as feathers, sticks, tree leaves ect. when you go on nature walks. These feathers are from our Heritage Turkeys.

alternatives to paint brushes

As an alternative to paint brushes, leaves, sticks, feathers and the like make interesting and diverse painting implements for children


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Painting with homemade gluten free paints

There you have it. A fun, creative, eco-friendly gluten free craft you can do with your little ones.

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I like to tape large pieces of paper together to make a giant floor canvas

Happy Painting!!

With Love




  1. Jenn says:

    Lovely….to encourage geometry, try using 2D shapes and then 3D to see what shapes make up 3D ( think nets, what it would look like unfolded) or doing “tracks” from various cars and objects (potato mashers, whisk, cookie cutters, toothbrushes, hair brushes) as well as natural items like leaves, bark, shells, feathers, pine cones, etc) also great to do in play dough!