Wood is an attractive medium for crafts due to its durability and relative inexpensiveness. It is also very easy to paint. The best paint for a wood craft project will depend upon what the wood craft will be used for and who will be painting the item. Some paints are more durable than others and some are more toxic than others.
Tempera is a water-based paint that is usually brightly coloured. The main appeal of this paint is that it is very inexpensive and non-toxic, which makes it highly suitable for children or classroom use.
Acrylic paint is a non-toxic water-based paint that comes in many colours. This paint comes in both a thick artist-quality and a thinner craft-quality; both dry quickly. This paint adheres very well to wood and is suitable for indoor use. Some types of acrylic paint are also suitable for outdoor use.
Oil paint is an oil-based paint that must be thinned or cleaned with turpentine or similar products. Many types of oil paint are toxic and turpentine can be dangerous. However, this paint is often more suitable for crafts that will be exposed to the outdoors, as it is more durable and fade-resistant than other paints, and is workable for a long time due to slow drying.