#HaltonWasteChallenge Weekly! Week 7: Finger paints from food scraps

Hello Friends of Halton Green Screens,

This week’s weekly challenge is one I did a couple of months ago for our little one’s birthday, but it seems fitting now because it’s a perfect activity to do outdoors! When our little guy turned one, I wanted to let him paint a picture that we would put up as part of our very minimal party decor. Finger paints from the store almost always come in plastic containers, and since the baby is one there was a pretty high probability that he would eat some of the paint. So I wanted to be completely sure that everything in there was edible and safe. There are so many different recipes for finger paints – a Google (or Ecosia) search will turn up more than you could ever use. There are different textures and consistencies, different types of colour, and even homemade 3D paints that will stick up off the paper after they’ve dried.

I didn’t love the idea of using food colouring because a) they come in plastic containers, and b) they are usually petroleum byproducts, so I made my colours from food scraps and skipped the texturizing ingredients. Before I threw the scraps in the compost, I just boiled them to collect the colour. I used beet peels for bright pink, and onion skins for brown.

Onion skins ready to be boiled

Onion skins ready to be boiled

Concentrated beet juice from boiled beet peels, and water from boiling onion skins

Concentrated beet juice from boiled beet peels, and water from boiling onion skins

Aside from the water, everything that was used in our paints was already headed to the compost. The paper was a sheet from one of my high school sketch books that still has some unused pages.

Working on his masterpiece, with a little help from Mommy and Daddy

Working on his masterpiece, with a little help from Mommy and Daddy

The finished artwork proudly on display for the party

The finished artwork proudly on display for the party

Give it a try – it’s a fun way to paint for kids AND adults! Experiment with different food scraps or plants to make different colours and share your experience! Post it in the comments below or share to our social media pages:

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