How To Make Paint At Home – Ultimate DIY Guide

Get ready to swirl your paintbrushes in some good old-fashioned, easy to make paint. Painting at home couldn't be easier; you wouldn't believe how little you need to make toxic-free paint, suitable for all ages.

Whether you want to touch up some furniture or paint with your kids, this guide will tell you everything you need to know for making paint at home.

Types of Paint You Can Easily Make at Home

Flour Based Paint

Flour based paint is simple and easy to make. It’s also extremely versatile and can be applied to most interior surfaces. We found a thicker consistency flour paint-covered more and didn't flake. Many types of grain flour can be used, but wheat flour is the most common choice.

Water-Based Paint

Most of the paint you’ll find in store like spray paint tend to be either oil or water-based because of its ease of use. It's not a good idea to paint over one type with another; you'll need to sand down oily surfaces for water paints to stick to the surface.

Acrylic Based Paint

Making acrylic-based paint may require more supplies, but it’s still cheap to make and a great paint to use, especially if you're a serious painter. It's quite transparent, but you can build up color quite beautifully, and it's resistant to heat, too.

Chalk Based Paint

If you want to create a rainbow of colors in homemade paint, then consider chalk-based paint. Once you have the supplies, you can create strong, bold colors pretty quickly. They're great in spray bottles, on rollers, or even used in a sprayer.

Milk Based Paint

One of the safest paints you can make at home is the milk-based paint. It consists of milk being the binder for pigments, rather than latex being the binder for oil paints. Make a range of colors for kids at birthday parties or use this paint to cover up large wood furnishings.

How To Make Paint At Home

How To Make Flour Based Paint at Home

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    First, pour 2 cups of warm water into a large mixing bowl. Then add your flour. We Recommend 680 grams of plain white flour with a teaspoon of salt.
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    Once you mix these three ingredients thoroughly, you’ll then pour the mixture into separate containers. We always find a muffin tray is perfect for reducing mess.
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    Squeeze 3-5 drops of your preferred colors of food coloring into each container and mix well. You can have a lot of fun creating colors here, so mix some reds and blues to create purple!
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    You may not be entirely happy with the consistency of your paint, so now is your time to change it! Add water to thin it out, or add a sprinkle of flour to thicken the paint. Set it for 10 minutes, and then you're ready to paint.

How To Make Water Based Paint at Home

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    First, you'll need to create a liquid base. You can use light corn syrup, or you can make it from scratch. To make it yourself, simply boil 480ml of water with 900 g of white sugar. Bring it to boil.
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    Stir the sugar mixture continuously, and once the sugar is completely dissolved, lower the heat so it turns into a clear syrup. Make sure you don't leave it on the heat for too long as it will turn into a hard toffee.
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    Add 3 tablespoons of corn syrup, 100ml of vinegar, and 85 g of baking soda to the pot and mix the ingredients until it’s a smooth consistency.
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    Your base is complete, so now it's time to add food coloring (2-4 drops) to create your paint of choice.

How To Make Acrylic Based Paint at Home

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    Since you’ll be working with paint pigments, it’s best to wear protective clothing, like long sleeves and a dust mask. Once you’re all covered, Pour raw color pigment onto a flat mixing surface.
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    Add 2-3 drops of water to each tablespoon of raw pigment and mix carefully. Make sure that your paint doesn’t begin to look grainy.
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    Add a liquid medium to your mixture. Start with 1-2 tablespoons of walnut or poppy for oil paint. For a glossy paint, add a tablespoon of gloss medium (found in most arts and crafts stores) to your water and color pigment.
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    With a small spatula, mix the paint thoroughly and put the excess pain into the freezer. It will last for 2-3 months.

How To Make Chalk Based Paint at Home

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    You’ll need baking soda and cool water for chalk-based paint. Pour about 100 ml of cool water in a bowl and add 220 g of baking soda. Mix well until smooth.
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    Once the powder is fully dispersed, add 480 ml of latex paint into separate containers. These colors will be your final paint colors, so choose wisely.
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    Add the baking soda and water mixture into the latex paint, and stir it with a mixing stick.
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    This latex mix is perfect for furniture, but it needs to be applied quickly once it's mixed as it dries fast.

How To Make Milk Paint at Home

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    Mix the juice of 1 lemon with a liter of skimmed milk, and leave it overnight at room temperature.
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    The next day you’ll need to separate the solid curds by draining it through a sieve lined with cheesecloth.
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    Separate the milk base into separate containers and add food coloring or raw color pigments. If it’s for children’s’ fingers and paintbrushes, then a food coloring will suffice. Pigments are better for richer colors.
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    There may be a sour smell if you leave it for too long, so use it quickly, and once the paint dries on the paper, the smell will disappear, too.

What Colors of Paint are Easy to Make at Home?

Some colored paint will be easier to create, and some that will drive you crazy just trying to perfect. Some of the easiest colors to make are as follows:


Add one part yellow and two parts blue to your base to get an army green.


Red food coloring is a great choice to make a bright or deep red; just add two drops to flour or acyclic base for a bright red.


To make a wonderful white, use white latex paint for your base. Mix this with a baking soda and some water, and you'll have a great base.


Red, blue, and yellow are the three primary colors for what colors make black paint. Mix these three colors in equal parts to create a black.


Using a flour base will automatically bring more colors to life. Use hot water and Epsom salts in the procedure and seal the mix after adding your colors in an airtight container.

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What Types of Surfaces Are Good For Painting


Focus on acrylic paint if your next art project consists of painting glass. You can use acetone as a base if you want to have your paint permanently in place.


If you want to create a matte finish on a wooden surface, then a chalk-based paint is your prime candidate. You won’t need to sand or prime the wood before it’s the first coat, but you may need to give your piece a second coat if you want it to be vibrant.


Most of the fabric paints you buy in-store are simply acrylic paints, with some Liquitex Fabric Medium added to the mix. Yet they’re often 3 times the price of traditional acrylic paints on sale right beside them. Use acrylic paint for fabric if you want your designs to last.


Flour based paint is a perfect choice for canvas painting. You can adjust the recipe to create a thick or thin consistency. And it’s great with sponges and cotton swabs, so you’ll get more texture on each design.


Making homemade paint for leather is difficult but in no means impossible. Water-based paint won’t be visible and will wash off over time, and chalk-based paint will chip, peel, or crack when drying. Your best bet is to use an acrylic-based paint for leather, but be sure to use a sealer paint if you plan to wear it outdoors.

Common Questions About Home Made Paint

What are the 3 basic ingredients of paint?

The 3 main elements in paint are the pigment, binder, and solvent. Without one of these three ingredients, your paint won’t stick to a substance or hold any pigment.

What household items can you use to make paint?

Flour, milk, baking soda, vinegar, and water and all great starting points when making paint at home. If you have these ingredients, then you may just need colors, like pigments or food coloring.

What types of paint on our list are easiest for kids to make?

We loved making the milk-based paint. Even though you have to leave it overnight, it’s really simple to make and gives a great finish on canvas’ and poster boards.

What home items are good for giving a paint makeover?

From your beloved side tables to your bed frame, any wooden or glass surface could be worked on with some of our options above. It’s a great and cheap way to spruce up some old furniture.

How long do homemade paints typically last

This depends on the paint you make. If you want a paint that you can continue to go back to, then we recommend making an acrylic-based paint.


Who knew making paint at home was more like following a cake recipe? As you can see, it’s really easy to make toxic-free paint that can cover a range of surfaces.

Whether you’re an interior designer looking for an appropriate homemade paint for kitchen cabinets, or you're a mom making paint for your kids' next birthday party, we hope this guide serves you well.