How to Make Homemade Bath Paint

by Gina Ballentine


My girls absolutely love to take baths. They would play for hours in the tub if I would let them. Their second favorite activity is painting. They can spend lots of time drawing and painting pictures and making other creative pieces at their craft table. So, when I found bath paints at the store I was very excited.  They were really expensive, but I forked out the money to give these to my girls as a treat.

The paints were great, and the girls loved them. But within 2 weeks my kids completely drained the paint bottles. Plus, every time they used them, one of them would end up with it in their eye, which stung like the devil since they were soap based. So I decided I was going to make my own.

My oldest has eczema, so I made the paints using lotion as the base so as to not aggravate her sensitive skin. The result: pure perfection.  I prepare these while I am running the water, it takes very little time to make, but will give the kids a lot of entertainment.  So if you have a few minutes you too can create your own bath paints for pennies. Here is what you need.

  1. Any small plastic cup (I use medicine cups, they are perfect for this.  Click here to buy them from Amazon.)
  2. Food Coloring
  3. Lotion
  4. Paint brushes

Step 1:

Gather your materials.  Squeeze out a few ounces of lotion into your plastic cups. Don’t worry, a little goes a long way, especially if you have the kids use paint brushes instead of their fingers. I used lotion I found in my cabinet, but any brand will do.


How to Make Homemade Bath Paint


Step 2:

Add 1 drop of color per cup. The dyes I use only have red, yellow, green, and blue; combine colors to make different colors of paint. My youngest loves purple so I made sure to create that one.



How to Make Homemade Bath Paint

Step 3:

Mix with the end of the paint brush until completely blended.


How to Make Homemade Bath Paint

Step 4:  Fill the tub, and use the ledge as an easel for your little artists.

How to Make Homemade Bath Paint

Step 5: Have fun!  This is the most important step!


How to Make Homemade Bath Paint


The best part is that if they fall in the tub (and they will), the lotion is thick enough that it won’t all come out of the cups. You can just fish them out of the bath, dump the water off the top, and let the kiddos keep painting.  Don’t worry, it won’t stain skin or your tub (but don’t trust me, you should do a small patch test before you try it!).

I hope your kids love these homemade bath paints as much as mine do!  Will you try making them?  Let me know in the comments!