Saturday, June 23, 2012

Homemade Puff Paint

I've recently seen a million posts about homemade puffy paint and they just seemed so fun, I wanted to try them out with my kids.

We used this recipe from Tried & True because I had all the ingredients on-hand. They were normal pantry items and the recipe seemed straight-forward, so forward we went.

First we mixed up the "paint." I didn't have cardboard, so I used heavy card stock. It curled a bit so cardboard (as recommended in the original recipe post) is clearly the way to go.

 We cut off the ends of the bags...
 ...and got painting. It was a lot like squeezing icing out onto a cake, actually.

 All was well, even as I decided that the baby could try it out.

Big brother Ben just glopped so much onto the paper that I had to dump it out. I think the sensory experience of squishing the bag was a lot more appealing than the prospect of "art," for him anyway.

The recipe calls for some time in the microwave to "puff" the paint. Here's what we put in...
...and here's what we got out.
The paint definitely puffed- baked, even.  The kids were pretty excited about their results, and they had fun watching the paint expand in the microwave.
 Meanwhile, baby Eleanor discovered that the sensory experience of the puffy paint was just as great out of the bag as it was in it.

 This photo was taken mid-screech of delight.
 Then this mess happened.
 And this.
 And this.
 And this.
 And eventually, this.

I don't know why I didn't think to take a picture of her before she went into the tub- and she did to straight into the tub- but you get the idea.

Now, I'm not a mom who worries about craft time getting messy, and I thought this was a lovely exploratory experience for all the kids- particularly for the baby. Besides, the paint was entirely edible so what's to worry about?

This is a fun project that we'll likely do again on some rainy afternoon. Next time I'll be sure to put out my paint drop cloth and either have the littlest kiddos paint naked (gasp of horror, I know- I do that sometimes because it's easier to hose them off in the tub) or at the very least make them wear their smocks. Where was my head when we did this project??

Have your kids made any fun messes this week?


  1. Looks like a fabulous time was had! :)

    1. Oh yes, yes, it was! Messy is soooo good sometimes!

  2. You are a MUCH stronger woman than I am! ;p By the second or third picture of your baby I was ready to go shake in a corner and it wasn't even on *my* table - LOLOL!

    I do, however, let my kids pick out teeny little pumpkins every year, hand them paint brushes and tempura, strip them to their undies/diapers, pour a BIG glass of merlot (por moi) and let them have at it.

    BTW - just found your site through Pinterest a few days ago and I've been burning through your archives... SO glad to have found you! Good luck with all your endeavors!

    1. Hi Bonnie,

      Welcome and thanks for the comment! We had so much fun with that puffy paint- and we did use it a few more times, but I wound up doing naked painting to minimize mess. It didn't have the desired effect though- we just discovered that paint that feels good between our fingers also feels good on our tummies and arms and legs... you get the idea. I figure, if it's not permanent then there's no problem, right?!

      I'll be anxious to hear about it if you try it out with your gang!




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