Homemade Puffy Paint

We are currently in a phase where anything mixable and where Dylan can ‘help’ makes for a good project. Homemade puffy paint fit the bill. It was very easy to make. He loved helping me measure & dump each ingredient. We used the recipe shared on sandy toes and popsicles blog:


  • 1 tablespoon of self rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • food coloring
  • water

Homemade Puffy Paint: supplies

Add the first 3 ingredients into each spot in a small muffin pan. Then add enough water to create a paste and mix it all together.

Homemade Puffy Paint: Pouring

Use q-tips to paint designs onto stiff paper or cardboard. I cut up an old cereal box for us to use. (And, yes, the painting on the right was mine – Dylan isn’t quite advanced enough to paint shapes on his own!)

Homemade Puffy Paint: painting

After your designs are complete, microwave for 5-10 seconds. Admire your artwork!

Homemade Puffy Paint: complete

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