Homemade puffy paint.

we made homemade puffy paint. i remember seeing the recipe somewhere…not sure. and have been wanting to try it. so we did. it is super simple.

1 Tablespoon self-rising floor
1 Tablespoon salt
Food coloring
Enough water to make a paste
then you mix them all together and whala! you have your paint. use paint brushes or cotton swabs to paint on cardboard. it works best brush paint on thickly. when you are finished microwave your painting for 5-10 seconds, do not microwave for to long. (i may or may not have started a fire) and that’s it. homemade puffy paint.
hmmmmm….not sure if my kids are going to be artists. but we had fun trying it.


  1. Could you please contact me at maryann@brightring.com? I have a project with art that I’d love to invite you to participate in!

  2. Nefertari says

    We did it last day, my kid enjoyed it painting with it, but she didn´t matter when growing at microwave, i was fascinated. Thank u for the post

  3. Anonymous says

    What is self rising floor?

  4. Anonymous says

    Just did this with my almost 4 yr old boy! Totally loved it…he got to put each picture as it finished in the Microwave. What an easy craft that is totally a hit with my boy!

  5. So cute!

    I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience.
    FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials.

    Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!

  6. An alternative to the microwave (although less common) would be a heat gun. I got mine at a local craft store. It looks similar to a hair dryer but doesn’t “blow” much at all. I found that I can vary the “puffiness” of the puff paint by heating it for different lengths of time to give different looks.

  7. Hey there, You have done a fantastic job. I will certainly digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this website.

  8. I often do not comment on blogs but your blog has such a method and writing model that I have no choices but to remark here. Nice submit, keep it up.

  9. HaaaHaaa! “I may or may not have started a fire.”
    I’m making this right now with my extremely bored children. 😉
    Thanks! and would love for you to join Simply Healthy Family too.

  10. I did this tonight. Thanks for sharing!

  11. We gave this a whirl. Thanks for sharing! http://ladeladeda.blogspot.com/2011/04/homemade-puffy-paint.html

  12. I am totally going to take this idea to my (almost) 2 year old’s class. I think the 2s and 3s would love it. Thanks for the idea.

  13. Anonymous says

    We had a lot of fun with this today! It reminds me of two things:
    a) candy dots! I wonder if you used sugar instead of salt if you could actually make candy dots?!
    b) those puffy little packing peanut building toys that I can’t think of the name of…you get on end wet stick them to each other and build…I think those are made with cornstarch but this sure looks like them when dry.

    Also, we set the microwave for a longer time but lower power (30 seconds at 30% seemed to work well).

  14. I love this post and your blog. I will be posting a link on my website for this cute paint and trying this with my home daycare.

  15. I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve linked this post to my blog for others to see. Can’t wait to try it out myself.

  16. This looks fun! I’v also tried shaving cream and washn’t overly impressed, so I’ll definetly try your recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Your blog is adorable!

  17. We use shaving cream, glue, and food coloring to make our puffy paint. It takes awhile to dry but the kids love it.

  18. this sounds great! any alternative to the microwave tho?

  19. Love it! I’m definately going to give this a go at preschool.

  20. How awesome!

  21. Thanks for posting…I would love to try this with my son.

  22. I saw this somewhere! That is so fun. Glad it worked… we will have to try it!



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