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. 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 and they have it too – it’s called Puff Paint or Puffy Paint.

  2. Loved the great idea, but sad to say could not use at the preschool because of the lack of microwave use.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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