Craft Project: Homemade Puffy Paint

Make your own puffy paint with the kids, they'll love to watch their paintings magically puff up!

Approximate Time: 15-20 minutes


  • 6 tablespoon self rising flour
  • 6 tablespoon salt
  • food coloring
  • water
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  • cardboard



  1. Mix the flour, salt, and water (enough to form a paste) together until you have a thick paste.
  2. Next separate some of the paste into different dishes or an old muffin tin works great.
  3. Then add your food coloring.

  4. You can use paint brushes or cotton swabs to paint onto the cardboard. Make sure you brush the paint on thick so that it will puff up when you're done.

  5. Once you are finished painting place the cardboard picture in the microwave for 5-10 seconds.

By Domestic Charm

July 26, 20110 found this helpful

This is very interesting. I think I might try making this for my daughter sometime -- thanks for sharing!

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

Oh this looks like fun! Going to keep this one! Thanks for sharing!

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July 29, 20110 found this helpful

Cool! If you only have all-purpose flour, could you add baking soda? If so, how much? Thanks. :)

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July 30, 20110 found this helpful

Cool, quite interesting! Gonna give this a try for my granddaughter's 3rd birthday party. :)

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July 31, 20110 found this helpful

This sounds like fun! Will have to try it with my grandkids, thanks!

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August 2, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks, great activity for a kid's playdate.

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August 22, 20110 found this helpful

Have not tried making it with all-purpose flour and baking soda. But I am sure it would work because that's what is in the self-rising flour. Might have to experiment with the measurements though.

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