{Trying it Tuesday} Homemade Puffy Paint

There are fun projects, and then their are REALLY fun projects. I have to say that this homemade recipe for puffy paint probably tops the list of fun.

It’s squishy, gooey and fun to create with.

And what kid doesn’t love that?

puffy paint

For our colors, we went with Easter colors, but you could choose any that you want.

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As for recommendations, I made these with my toddler. While she had a blast squishing the bags and mixing up the colors, she had a little difficulty getting the concept of squeezing the bag to put the color on the paper. I ended up just throwing some of the paint on the paper and letting her finger paint with it. Based on this I would keep this activity for the ages 3 and up crowd. My elementary aged kids had a blast with this activity and I think this is a perfect activity for their age group.

Have fun creating your own homemade recipe for puffy paint!

{Trying it Tuesday} Homemade Puffy Paint

{Trying it Tuesday} Homemade Puffy Paint

A simple homemade recipe for puffy paint turns any picture into a 3D masterpiece!


  • 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup +1tbsp water
  • Food coloring


  1. Note: The ingredients above are to make one bag of paint.
  2. In a Ziploc bag, place the flour, baking powder and salt. Seal the bag and shake or knead to distribute the mixture evenly. Once done, open the bag and pour in the water. Seal the bag and continue kneading until the mixture becomes a paste. Add more water, one tablespoon at a time if necessary.
  3. Open the bag again and drop in several drops of food coloring. Seal the bag up one more time and knead until the color has been spread evenly throughout the mixture.
  4. Snip off one corner of the bag and pipe color onto picture. It is recommended that you place a piece of cardboard underneath the paper or use heavy cardstock to prevent paper from tearing.
  5. Once finished, slide picture onto cardboard or other hard microwaveable surface and place in microwave. Cook for 30 seconds to one minute or until paint is set and no longer doughy.

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  1. I will have to try this new recipe!

  2. This comes out looking awesome! I think I’m going to save this for those long winter days when we’ll be looking for something to do. Thanks for the great idea!

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