How to Make Edible Paint

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Adding a new medium to a classic art activity like painting is a great way to garner kids' excitement. Children love the shiny appearance of this homemade paint and, because it's edible, there are a variety of materials that can be used as a canvas. Start by painting on standard paper and then move on to toast, pancakes or cookies for a special treat.

Edible paint can be used on paper as well as food.
(Stephanie Morgan)

Things You'll Need

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • Ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint brush
  • Paper
  • Cookies
Step 1

For this project you'll need condensed milk, food coloring, a paint brush and something to paint. Please see the last slide for an itemized list of tools and materials

You'll need condensed milk, food coloring, a paint brush, and something to paint.
Stephanie Morgan
Step 2

Fill the ice cube compartments with condensed milk. Add a few drops of food coloring to each compartment and stir with a toothpick.

Mix food coloring with condensed milk to create the edible paint colors.
Stephanie Morgan
Step 3

Use a paint brush to apply the edible paint to paper. The paint can be applied using traditional brush strokes or by letting it drizzle onto the paper.

Let the paint drip off the brush or apply with traditional brush strokes.
Stephanie Morgan
Step 4

The paint can also be applied to a variety of food surfaces using the same technique.

Apply the edible paint to plain sugar cookies for a colorful sweet treat.
Stephanie Morgan

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Tips & Warnings

  • Paper creations are not meant to be saved as the condensed milk will eventually spoil.
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