Homemade Puffy Paint

I saw this idea on one of my favorite blogs, The Pumpkin Patch, and had to try it out with my kids. Oh my gosh! It really works!!!

It’s really easy to make and so much fun.

Here’s what you’ll need:

** 1 Tablespoon self rising flour
** 1 Tablespoon salt
** 4 teaspoons water
** food coloring
** Q tips (or brushes)
** small containers

In a small container mix the flour, salt and water together until smooth. Do this same process in as many containers as you want colors. Add a few drops of food coloring to each and stir.

You can use Q tips to paint with or brushes. I think brushes would be easier to use because they would be smaller, but we used Q tips. You can paint on plain paper or print out free coloring pages on the internet. There are a ton of sites to do this. A couple of them are here, here and here. Make sure you don’t paint it on so thick it soaks through the paper but definitely thick enough to puff up.

When you are done painting, lay it flat in the microwave and cook for 10 seconds. Pull it out and watch the expression on your kid’s faces! It’s puffy! (And it seriously looks cool!)

My daughter painted on a page from her coloring book. The type of paper that’s pretty thin and see though. This isn’t ideal paper to use but she had fun.

“It’s like magic” I told my kids. And they thought I was pretty clever! Now THAT’S worth everything!!!


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  1. What a great idea! Sounds like so much fun. This will be a great project for me when my nieces visit this summer. Thanks!

  2. What a great idea. I think grandma should have one of those to put on the fridge.

  3. That is a great idea. My kids love to paint. THanks for stopping by my blog to say hi even if it was only for an entry. LOL I am kidding. Either way it is always nice to visit new blogs and meet new people.

  4. How fun!! Definitely will be doing this with the kids.

  5. LOL. YOu are too funny. I was kidding. I visit people’s blogs because my bloggy friends tell me too all the time. I like to pop over and just say hi. It is nice to meet new people and to leave comments. Everyone loves those. I know I do. Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
    Mimi (five moms blog)

  6. I love this idea! I bet my nephew would have a lot of fun with this.

  7. Great blog you have here! I host a link up party every Tuesday called Tot Tuesdays where you can link up crafts, activities, teaching resources, parenting stories or tips, recipes and things you’ve made for your toddler. I’d love it if you’d stop by sometime & link up!



  8. I’m going to link to this recipe, I’m so excited to try it with my little one.

  9. Wow! What a great idea! I didn’t know you could do this!

    Thanks for linking up!

    I hope you join me today for another link party!


  10. Thanks for linking up! I’ll be featuring you tomorrow!

  11. This looks like so much fun! Definitely something worth trying out! Thanks.

  12. This looks like a lot of fun! I have seen your posts on a few link parties! Now I am a follower! THanks for all of the ideas!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have made puffy finger paint by just mixing shaving cream and poster paint (or food coloring). It is fun to paint with but it does not dry well. But with very young children art is more about the process than the product.

  14. I think my boys (3 and 18 months) would LOVE this. What is clean up like though? I worry that my kids will end up with hands (and hair and clothes and heaven only knows what else) dyed like Easter eggs

  15. self rising flour? Never heard of it. Is it just at the grocery store? This looks like lots of fun!

  16. Yep, you buy self rising flour in any grocery store in the baking aisle.

    And clean up is easy. We just used a wash cloth and we were as good as new. With younger kids maybe do it outside. (Paint is always a little messy with the little ones.) =o)

  17. Love the idea:)

  18. I would love to do this with a group of camp kids but we may not have access to a microwave – any suggestions?

  19. I’m not sure, Jennifer. You have to cook the flour to make it rise. Do you have some kind of a camp stove to put over the fire? That might work.

  20. Great idea and will be a must do with my kids! Thanks for sharing it on The Sunday SHowcase

  21. how fun – we usually make puffy paint out of glue and shaving cream. This would be a great new recipe to try out! Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase & I’ve shared on Facebook & twitter! 🙂


  22. so cool! but i don’t have a microwave. 🙁 think it would work in the oven, or is that just dangerous? 🙂 lisa


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