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How to make puffy paint from One Crafty Mumma

Posted by  ·  June 10, 2010  ·  Last Updated: May 23, 2016

The craftiest mum out there, Melissa, from One Crafty Mumma is sharing her amazing recipe for puffy paint! Too cool!

Melissa writes…

How To Make Homemade Puffy Paint


This is really cool and super quick/easy.  Combine the following in a little bowl:

  • 1 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • a few little drops of food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Then add some water to make a nice smooth paste.

    Paint away on a nice thick sheet of cardboard (if you don’t have enough paint brushes use cotton buds – they work really well).

    Microwave the design on high for 10 – 30 seconds until the paint puffs and it’s all nice and dry.  We did ours for 30 seconds.

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    1. Michael Rad
      Saturday, July 20th, 2013
      These kind of art designs are available for home decoration or nursery room decoration for new born baby. Many of the services are ready to deliver their paintings or paint art to the customers. http://bedazzledkids.com/art.html
    2. Debbie
      Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
      For those looking for puffy paint, you can get it at just about any craft store or big box store like WalMart or go on line to Amazon.com and they have it too - it's called Puff Paint or Puffy Paint.
    3. Alison
      Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
      Anyone tried baking it? We have no microwave :)
    4. Elaine
      Tuesday, March 5th, 2013
      Loved the great idea, but sad to say could not use at the preschool because of the lack of microwave use.
    5. julia
      Saturday, January 26th, 2013
      i havent tried yet but im looking forward to:-)
    6. christina
      Thursday, January 24th, 2013
      Can you use paint?
    7. jen
      Monday, October 22nd, 2012
      This is awesome my 4 year old is LOVING it!
    8. saleha
      Monday, October 8th, 2012
      can we use this puffy paint on crocheted hand made shoes to make them anti slip?
      • Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
        Saleha, I am not sure. My guess is that it wouldn't be rubbery enough.
    9. Thursday, August 30th, 2012
      love the blog, I am sooo going to do the project with my 3 year old, Saw this on pinterest, but i had to see a step by step on this one before I attempted, so thanks!
    10. joaquim silva
      Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
      onde adquirir esta tinta em lisboa obrigado
    11. Tamara
      Friday, June 29th, 2012
      Could I use acrylic or regular paints instead of food colouring??
      I saw somewhere that puffy paint would be great for T-shirt painting.Is that right?Please post answer!
    12. Melissa
      Saturday, February 11th, 2012
      We just tried this and it came out great. The kid's love it. We added glitter too. Love it! Thanks so much. Have fun.
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    14. Friday, June 3rd, 2011
      Great idea for this summer!! ;)
    15. Monday, July 26th, 2010
      we made it this morning! it was so much fun! thanks!
    16. Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
      Thanks for this great idea! We did this as part of our "Mommy Camp" and had a fabulous time ;-) Here's the link to our experience: http://www.mymidlifecreativities.org/2010/07/mommy-camp-at-shaggyhill-farm-where_05.html
      Thanks again!
    17. Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
      Thanks so much for this great idea!! My daughter was seriously craving some mommy time this afternoon while her sister was napping. We pulled out the ingredients (easy-peasy!!), and had a wonderful time crafting together! No preparation, no stress, just opened the pantry and got busy! Thank you so much :D
    18. Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
      Amazing!! I love it!
    19. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      What a fun project! Thanks for sharing! I'm going to share your link with my facebook friends!
    20. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      My kids and I just tried this. It was super easy and fun!
    21. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      Here's a recipe for self-rising flour if you don't keep any on hand (like me)...

      One cup self-rising flour equals:
      1 cup all-purpose flour, plus
      1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, plus
      1/8 teaspoons salt.

      Can't wait to try this for craft day today w/ my gaggle of girls! Its gonna be a gigglefest, for sure!
    22. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      how cute! my oldest son would get a kick out of this.

      Cindy - I copied your adorable little puppy love bag idea and I posted about it on my blog. I added many links to you, I hope you don't mind? I love everything you do and your site is one of my favorites!

    23. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      Love this idea!
    24. celine
      Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      look great !! it's raining today, that will be perfect this afternoon with my triplet !
      thank you for your great blog !
    25. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      Hey, that is great summer fun! What kid could ever say "I'm bored!" with that around?!
    26. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      What if you don't have self-raising flour? Can you use regular flour with something added?
    27. Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      oh cool. will have to try this with dd.
    28. toni
      Thursday, June 10th, 2010
      love ur blog...just started a photography and design business....would you mind if i linked ur blog to my site?