Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Homemade Puffy Paint

I  recently saw an idea on the Internet for making your own puffy paint at home and just had to give it a go with the kiddies.

We tried two recipes out and found this one from Play at Home Mom worked best.

You need:
1/2 cup of flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
food colouring or coloured paint

Put the flour, baking powder and salt into a container and then add some water to make them into a paste.  Then add your colouring.

Now get your brushes and have fun - it works well on cardboard :-) Pop it in the microwave for 10 - 30 seconds and voila, puffy paint !

The kiddies loved this and spent ages creating puffy paintings.

Other art that has been happening here which is quite interesting is little Sweetpea's drawings.  She has been drawing little people for some time now in quite some detail but she always creates them upside down.

I am not sure how she does it really as it is quite hard to do when you are used to creating them the right way up :-)  I am not telling her to create things any differently as this is the way she does it and is happy doing it but it is rather unusual.

This piccy is of her Auntie and Uncle, Mr Sweetpea asked if I had looked in detail at this piccy then I realised she had added some personal anatomy down below lol.  When I asked how I knew which was her Uncle she exclaimed 'he has a willy!' - well really :-)  They have sad faces because Eldest Sweetpea said she was drawing them the wrong way round and moved the paper round for her - hence smiley faces are showing as sad faces as she draws up-side-down.

Thanks for all your lovely comments, I have been trying to message each of you back personally unless you have no e-mail attached to your bloggedy blog. x


  1. Loving the picture especially the last one with that extra details, so cute bless her. It is amazing how children do things xxx

  2. When I was a teacher, I loved teaching art to my class- and now as a mum, I love letting my kids be creative.
    Great recipe for puffy paint- will save for a rainy day!
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. So, I have to ask, do you do the painting first and then pop it in the microwave and it gets puffy?
    I see you have a Picasso in the making in your home.

  4. Love puffy paint! Such a clever and effective way to create :)

  5. I love the drawings your little one did and I will use the puffy paint at the nursery where I work. My daughter always used to draw her Dad smoking a pipe with a sad face!! He has never smoked and he didn't always have a sad face!

  6. Little Sweetpea looks as though she will be an artist and with such a talented mother I am sure she will have lots of fun on the way. I have never seen puffy paint made before although I did buy a tube of white puffy paint once and use it for snow on christmas cards.

  7. Cute pictures, I think these ones are the best, the ones with the head on the body!
    I love little ones artwork, we have too many (can you really have too many?) boxes in the loft filled with ours.
    Memories spanning 19years from the very first scribble that my eldest gave a name to to her college final pieces...and we're still filling boxes!

  8. What a lovely way to spend some crafty time with your little ones. Have fun!Ros

  9. This is on the list for my Early Years planning for the autumn term - think it will make great firework pictures! Thanks for commenting on my blog! Still ridiculously excited when someone does that!

  10. Its been a little while since I've commented. Ido hope you and all the other sweetpeas are well.

    Also as always thanks for sharing the crafty techniques, should i move closer to family in Wales you have already given me a number of inspiring ideas to keep kids occupied, and i have plenty of nephews and nieces to get mucky with. But its your crochet bug that has got me all envious. I so want to learn.

  11. Thank you so much for this great tip! I shall be using it with my son. He loves painting. :)

  12. I love the puffy paint - I've used lots of different media in my time but never puffy paint!! It is something I really want to try! It's lovely how you encourage art and crafts with the little sweetpeas. Have a great week.
    Helen x

  13. Hiya!
    Thanks for the suggestion! We are all nut fans in this house so I will try to remember to pick some up for the next time I make it.
    Have a lovely week xxx

  14. This looks like brilliant stuff - many thanks for the recipe!

  15. Oh bless the willy bit made me laugh out loud! I'm loving the idea of puffy paint and as I'm home alone this week with the boys (OH is away with work) it will most definitely be tried out. Hey, I need all the help I can get to keep my 2 entertained and myself sane ;) Bethx

  16. The puffy paint looks like a lot of fun. Bless Little Sweetpea, well, you did ask!

  17. That's such a brilliant idea..love it! Thank you for your comment on my blog. The little milk bottles came from the dot com gift shop. Fab aren't they? x

  18. SO funny! I just love your little budding artist's sketches! She may have a unique way of drawing, but they sure are adorable (and detailed)LOL!!!
    sending hugs...

  19. This looks like great fun, will have to try it with the grandchildren.

  20. Love the puffy paint, it looks like a great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind! Very detailed little artist you have there! :) x

  21. Nice idea for the puffy painting! Must have been very fun for the little sweet peas :-)

  22. My kids would love the puffy paint - young and old.

    Have a fabulous weekend

    Nina x


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