Nature Paint - How to make paint from nature

Teach your little ones how to make their own Nature Paint from natural elements with this tutorial on how to make paint from nature and bring the outdoors indoors to have some good ole' fun! We even have a painting with nature printable for you to download.

nature paint

You can use this DIY tutorial to make homemade all natural paint and give your mini-artists the chance to explore different textures, colors, and pigments.

Making your own nature paint from natural ingredients is a fun and creative way to add a fun twist to the usual painting activities. 

Your little ones can put their artistic hat on and let their creative side go wild. My little ones have a knack for everything and anything art-related, so, as you can imagine, making their own homemade paint from nature and then using it to paint this adorable colouring page was an absolute joy!

So, let's bring the outdoors inside and have some good ole' fun painting with nature! 

how to make paint from nature

If you love painting with nature you will also love some of our other nature art projects. 

Check out these Nature Paint Brushes, our super fun Andy Goldsworthy Art Project, this cute Clay Leaf Bowl, and our fun Acorn Art for Toddlers to make more art projects from nature! 

You could also try painting with coffee!

Nature Paint

Painting with nature ingredient suggestions:

  • Spinach
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Coffee
  • Turmeric
  • Chilli powder

How to make paint from nature

STEP 1: Find colour-rich foods.

For this nature paint project, the first thing you need to do is find the right ingredients to make sure the homemade paint process goes smoothly. And, of course, don't forget to download our free printable to use later on! Just scroll down below and grab it.

If you are lucky to have your own vegetable plot, grab some carrots, blueberries, spinach or strawberries too! Or head over to the nearest grocery store ;)

We recommend some food items such as coffee, vanilla flavoring, chili, or turmeric powder for a deep colour. 

painting with nature printable

STEP 2: Make nature paint.

Once you have your natural food, puree the vegetables and fruits and mix them with water. For the spices, just add a bit of water and mix. 

Remember to go easy on the water as the less water, the richer the colour will be! Experiment and have fun using the suggestions below as a starting point. 

Nature paint made from ground coffee

nature paint made with coffee
Nature paint made from ground coffee

Nature paint made from strawberries

nature paint made with strawberry
Nature paint made with strawberries

Nature Paint made from carrots

nature paint made with carrots
Nature paint made from carrots

Nature paint made with spinach 

nature paint made with spinach
Nature paint made from spinach

Nature paint made from blueberries

nature paint made with blueberries
Nature paint made from blueberries

Nature paint made with tumeric 

nature paint made with tumeric
Nature paint made with tumeric

STEP 3: Painting with nature

Now grab our free 'paints made by nature' printable and invite the kids to paint it with their brand new homemade nature paint colours!

This activity is a gold-mine of creativity and fun times. We hope you loved experimenting and making these natural pigments with the kiddos and had tons of fun!


To download this nature paint colouring page for free click on the link below and use the discount code:naturepaint. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

painting with nature printable

Which nature paint will you try making first? Painting with nature is fun anytime of the year and is great for all ages. 

Nature paint. How to make paint from nature and painting with nature printable.

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