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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Homemade Puffy Paint

It has been on my Summer Doozy list, and because of company we had another little artist in our home,  I thought it was the perfect time to make Homemade Puffy Paint. (thanks to Skip To My Lou for the idea)

My four little artists had great fun mixing, painting, and using the microwave to puff their little creations.
It was a super simple project that took little effort, but kept their art brains busy for quite awhile.  My dining room became a work of art itself, littered with paper, Qtips, plates of swirled paint and finished creations, pushed aside to make room for more.  The microwave was our background music, with every beep, another idea went from brain to paper, a finished work of art.

{this one needed more time to cook, it is a bit de-poofed!}

 It was a great way to spend a portion of the day, when the heat outside was too great to play!!

How To Make Puffy Paint:

Mix Equal parts of:
Self Rising Flour

Mix salt & flour.  Add water. Stir well.

Then add:
Food Coloring
Glitter (optional)

Stir well.

~I used 1 cup of all 3 ingredients.
~ I divided it up onto 6 paper plates.
~We added 2-3 drops of food coloring to each plate and stirred.
~We added glitter to a chosen few of the colors (I let the girls decide which ones.)
~Each creation was microwaved for 10-25 seconds or until puffed and hardened. (time depends on microwave power and how thick the little artist applies the paint)

This post is linked to:
Works For Me Wednesday @ We Are That Family
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Its So Very Thrifty @ Its So Very Cheri
Penny Pinching Party @ The Thrifty Home
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville


  1. thanks so much will try with first grade sunday school class as well as with nieces, nephew and grandchild

  2. I can't wait to try this with my little crafters!

    Thanks for sharing the idea!

  3. I am going to have nephews spend a few days with me next week and I have been thinking of things we can do ~ They will LOVE this! Thank you!
    Have a pretty day!

  4. That's so cool! Thanks!

  5. My mom used to make this for us. It was a big hit. We didn't microwave it though - just put the painting somewhere safe to dry for a few hours (or days) :)

  6. My kids would love this! Totally going to give it a try

  7. How long does it last? will it flatten or could this be used on a keepsake type item/craft?

  8. I didn't save the paint past the day we made it.
    It does not flatten, and really held up well once dried...not flaky, does not come off easily at all once dried...

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