I saw an idea for making Homemade Puffy Paint on Pinterest the other day. And I knew we had to try this — especially since my children love to paint.
It was really quite simple to make.
Though we quickly discovered we didn’t have enough paint brushes to go around. But cotton swabs worked great as stand-ins.
While Silas had the “crazy painter” act going on (i.e. hurriedly dipping his paint “brushes” into the paint and slopping it onto the page), the girls were much more methodical.
They painstakingly worked to create pictures — and were a little frustrated that the paint solutions wasn’t as easy to work with as regular paint.
With some effort, we figured out how to make the paint and swabs work decently — at least you could tell what they were painting.
Kathrynne made a landscape scene.
Silas made what we decided was a tree — though I think it wasn’t intentional. 🙂
And Kaitlynn — ever the girly-girl — made hearts and a princess. The poor princess didn’t get a enough paint on her so that you could really see here, though.
It was a fun experiment and while our end result wasn’t as puffy and cool-looking as the original recipe on Skip To My Lou, we had fun trying something new and different together.
Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe
- 1 Tablespoon self-rising flour
- 1 Tablespoon salt
- Food coloring
Combine the flour and salt. Drop 3-4 drops of food coloring over it. Add in 1-3 Tablespoons water to make a smooth paste.
To make more than one color, repeat the steps above with a different color of food coloring.
Use paint brushes or cotton swabs to paint designs on cardboard.
When finished painting, microwave the design on high for around 30 seconds (until the paint puffs and it’s dried).
Recipe originally posted at Skip To My Lou