Homemade puff paint

Homemade puff paint

Just in case puff paint wasn’t cool enough, why not introduce piping to your little artists? No icing bags or fancy nibs required – you just need a resealeable bag and some scissors, then sit back and watch as they create puffy masterpieces. Most definitely a bit of mess, but SO fun.

What you need:

  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 cup table salt
  • 1 cup water
  • Food or paint colouring
  • A spoon
  • Resealable bags
  • Scissors
  • A large mixing bowl
  • A piece of cardboard

Number of players:


Step 1. Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in the water and mix to combine until smooth.

Step 2. Divide the mixture into as many bowls as you want colours. Stir in the dye to colour each bowl.

Step 3. Use the spoon to scoop the coloured paint into a resealable bag. Start to seal the bag, squeezing the air out and leaving about 1 cm unzipped.

Step 4. Push the paint towards one corner and use your scissors to snip off the corner. You only need to cut off a tiny bit.

Step 5. Twist the end of the bag until the paint starts to squeeze through the hole. Let your child gently squeeze the bag as they paint onto some cardboard. They can be as creative as they want!

Step 6. Once the masterpiece has been created, carefully place in a microwave and cook on HIGH for 10 seconds. Check to see the paint is puffing and continue to cook on high at 10-second intervals until the paint is dry and puffy. 

























This craft was created by Belinda Graham, who blogs at The Happy Home Blog.

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