Homemade Puffy Paint

Painting is always a fun indoor activity, but your kids will really love the chance to make their own “puffy” paint. Try this art project and science experiment in one using things you already have in your cabinets.


Mix the salt, flour and food coloring together, adding just afew drops of water at a time to moisten. You want to keep themixture thick, but not so thick that you can’t spread it on thepaper. You will need to experiment a bit to reach the rightconsistency. Repeat the same recipe in different bowls for eachcolor you would like to use. Use the mixture to paint on plainwhite paper with brushes or Q-Tips. Encourage your little artiststo use ample amounts of paint in their creations because more paintwill end up producing a “puffier” finished product. When finished,put the piece of paper into the microwave for 20-45 seconds untilit bubbles and dries. An adult should remove the paper from themicrowave in case the paper or paint is warm. Keep the artwork flatfor a few minutes until it dries completely.


  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Several small bowls
  • Microwave
  • Paper
  • Paint brushes or Q-Tips
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