Quick Announcement:
Hey Guys -Great News! DiscountQueens is now partnering with Fabulessly Frugal (check them out) -were still in the process of merging sites and sorting the technicalities to make it happen. Here's a few things you might notice:

-Emails will now be sent by Fabulessly Frugal
-Just the same all deal posts will be focused on their site
-Our site will be up until the merge is completed

Thank you for your continued support and patience!

DIY Paint


My kids are really into painting right now.  Unfortunately most of our art supplies are still packed away until we are in a more permanent home.  In the meantime, we decided to try and make our own!  I found this recipe here, but now looking at it again, I completely omitted the cornstarch, didn’t even see that it said that, BUT,  it still turned out great!!


IMG_5799 (700x467)

1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour / cornstarch
2 1/2 cups water + extra for thinner paint
1 tablespoon salt
food coloring or tempera paint powder
1 tablespoon dish washing liquid (optional)
small seal-able containers – only if storing (I found these squeeze bottles at the $ Store)


IMG_5802 (700x467)

Add plain flour, cornflour/cornstarch and salt to saucepan and 1/2 cup of the water. Mix into a thick paste.
Turn on the heat (gentle heat), and add 1 cup of water to the saucepan, mixing with a whisk to combine and prevent lumps.
Whisk continuously until mixture starts to thicken and then continue mixing with a wooden spoon.
Once mixture is thick and smooth remove from the heat.
Add another 1/2 cup of water (more may be needed) and mix thoroughly to combine. At this point the paint is ready to cool for finger painting.
For general kids crafts requiring a thinner paint, return to gentle heat and add more water – only adding 1/2 cup of water at a time and mixing thoroughly until combined. Continue adding water until you reach the required consistency.
If you get lumps, or find it hard to mix – use a stick blender to get the mixture smooth.

IMG_5803 (700x467)

Once cooled, mix in the dish washing liquid – optional. It will give the paint a smoother consistency and a glossy finish when dry.

IMG_5806 (700x467)
Separate into small containers and color with small amounts of either food coloring or tempera paint. If using tempera paint powder add a little more water to combine.
Once kids have had fun painting, store remainder in the refrigerator for up to a week.