Homemade Puffy Paint

Try this magic recipe to make your own 3D cards and pictures.

This is an amazingly tactile activity. Painting is always popular in our house but this art with added magic kept us entertained for a good couple of hours.

I found this recipe on Happy Hooligans.

All you’ll need is:

1 tablespoon self raising flour
1 tablespoon salt
Wilton food colouring
Up to 6 teaspoons water

Mix the dry ingredients in a small cup or bowl.
Add a very small amount of food colouring.
Start by adding 2 teaspoons of water and mix and keep adding teaspoonful by teaspoonful until you have a consistency of thick pouring cream.

These quantities will make enough for one colour, repeat to make a variety of hues.

Equipment needed:

Small cups or bowls
Small spoons
Measuring spoons
Cookie cutters for templates
Pencil or pen
Thin cardstock or cardboard (standard paper will be a bit too flimsy for this project)

These puffy paint creations won’t last forever, and indeed may not hold up to posting,  but will certainly last over the Christmas holidays.


art / science / christmas / paint