DIY Window Paint

Window paint that is super quick and easy and requires only 3 easy pantry ingredients. A great kids activity to liven up your windows and add cheer to your neighborhood!

An easy to create paint that can be painted on your window to create fun art and washes off easily. Made with easy to find pantry ingredients.
make your own window paint
homemade washable window paint

I wanted to add a bit of color and cheer to our living room window that faces the neighborhood sidewalk and did NOT want to head to the store only for window paint. So I did a little research on which DIY version might be the best.

Many versions use tempura paint and dish soap as the combo. I don’t have tempura paint. But cornstarch I have in my pantry readily available.

This paint works best when you put thin coats on, let them dry, and then add another layer. Using too thick of a layer causes the paint to drip and seep.

Does this paint stain clothing?

Yes, food coloring stains clothing and food coloring is the main colorant ingredient.

Is this kid friendly?

Keep their clothes covered, protect any nearby surfaces, and let them go! I would recommend using this on a patio door with a plastic tablecloth on the deck.

Kids love making this Garden Rock Caterpillar with paint, rocks, glue, and sticks.

What kind of paint brushes should we use?

Honestly, this is not going to be perfect painting. Artist brushes (I used cheap kids brushes), q-tips, even your fingertips will work fine. Don’t overthink it.

make your own window paint

How do I clean off the paint?

The paint just scrapes right off and any residual paint simply spray with a combo of vinegar and water or window cleaner.

Wash any clothing or fabric with hot water as soon as you can.

make your own window paint

DIY Window Paint

An easy to create paint that can be painted on your window to create fun art and washes off easily. Made with easy to find pantry ingredients.
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Keyword: kidscraft, paint
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup liquid dish soap try to use a soap with as little colors as possible
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • food coloring in desired colors


  • Mix the dish soap and cornstarch until it is smooth.
  • Add additional cornstarch or dish soap until you have the consistency of a thick paint.
  • Divide the paint into as many containers as you want colors. –alot of paint goes a long way!
  • Add food coloring to create the colors you want. Remember your color mixing ;).


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