Easy Homemade Window Paint Recipe

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I love when Henry chooses the activity for the day. This time he wanted really, really badly to paint the big window again!


When we made window paint last time, it was super sticky and goopy. This time, I looked up a new window paint recipe from Home Spun Threads.

Very similar recipe to the last, but this time, no corn starch.

window paint

Very Simple Window Paint Recipe:

  • Dish Soap
  • Tempera Paint for color

Can’t get much simpler than that. And fast!

I mixed together a dish of each primary color, keeping it as simple as possible.

While I mixed together the paint and gathered supplies (all of 2 minutes, maybe), Henry placed Blue Dog on the back of the couch to look out the window to watch him paint.

window paint

Henry went to town painting the window. This paint was much thinner and easier to spread than the corn starch recipe. (They both have their pros and cons.)

window paint

This time, I armed Henry with a scrub brush.

His new favorite tool to paint the window with!

(Blue Dog’s watching Henry in action from inside.)

I took advantage of our primary paint colors and explored mixing them together with Henry.

window paint

Henry and I mixed together yellow and blue to make green. This one isn’t new to Henry as we’ve had to come up with a way to paint with green in the past without actually having green paint.

But orange and purple are new to him! Henry really liked that yellow and red made orange. Maybe it will be a new favorite color… though I’m not sure orange would pass the test… (there aren’t a lot of Allis-Chalmers machines around here, at least not at Grandpa’s farm.)

To show how much thinner this window paint recipe is:

I think now I can say we created our own drip paintings!

This would have been a great recipe! The edge of the window looked pretty cool. Henry thought so too and pointed out the drips many times as he was making them. (I think next time we try window painting, I’ll just add a tad bit of corn starch and hopefully we’ll find a happy medium.)

To add a little more fun, I brought out his squirt bottle. I thought it would be fun to see what designs we could make with squirting it onto the paint.

window paint

Henry had plans to clean off the entire window with it. (That could take a long time…)

Henry has been going through a stage of throwing fits for every little thing. This time he threw a fit and ended up in a time out in his room before completely cleaning the window. The plan was to hose it off and have a little water fun. I ended up doing that myself, though.

Another fun day of us painting the window can be found on Make and Takes!

A simple homemade window paint recipe to get creative!

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  1. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says

    I love the drip painting on the bottom! Sometimes the messes are the most beautiful part of the project! 3's can be quite difficult (at least for C it was)!
    Great documentation of the whole process! Sometimes it is difficult to get all those pics.

  2. fiddlestickspreschool says

    We did this this morning and got two new ideas in the process. We made prints of our window painting by pressing paper onto the window and peeling it off. After we did a half-dozen of those, my daughter got the idea to sit on her chair and paint with her toes. That was fun! Thanks for getting us started!

  3. Debbie says

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this post, the idea, the presentation/documentation — the whole enchilada. Love adding the tools, love the color mixing.

    You've done such a brilliant job of sharing — from your family to the world.

    The old art teacher in me rejoices to see this going on at an early age!!!!


    BTW: it's ubber kind of you to share that there was some hoopdy-do at the conclusion….. otherwise we'd really think you were super-person from another galaxy and get a bit grumpy by comparison.

    It's good to know that even in the midst of a brilliant 'activity' full of process & learning any given child can hit a rough spot. Makes us all part of the same human pool.

  4. Little Wonders' Days says

    We've never tried window painting, but it sure does look fun and pretty. Those little fits are tough! Thanks for sharing this at the Summertime fun party.

  5. Mama Pea Pod says

    Very fun! I love the drips at the bottom, I think those are my favourite part, they look so colourful! Thanks for sharing with us at Outdoor Play! Hope we'll see you again this Friday :-)

  6. Amanda says

    What fun! Makes me wish I was a kid again :)

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a site similar in nature to Craftgawker and Spotlight, but different in that it's a library of craft tutorials geared only at kids. I would love it if you'd stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don't post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like! http://funfamilycrafts.com/

  7. Becky says

    many, many years ago when I was a new teacher, I used this recipe and let my third graders paint my little white Volkswagen. The kids had a ball and the paint came off easily in the car wash. I still get comments from the kids in that class (all in their 30s) who have never forgotten that project.

  8. says

    Window paint was a big hit here, too. I especially love the “cleaning game” we played at the end. We didn’t do a super job of cleaning up, but later on that day, I came around the corner to find my son in the middle of another round of cleaning the window, without any help from me. Those moments are the best!

  9. Crystal Clark says

    We made some with shaving cream and a few drops of food coloring. Adora loves to color in with these in the shower :) We have the perfect glass shower doors for this fun project.

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