How To Make Homemade Puffy Paints

Art is one subject that almost all kids like. They enjoy the bright colors, the many things they can do with paint, paper, glue and other materials. They have more enjoyment when they get messy and use their hands dipped in non-toxic paints to create works of art. Painting is an effective medium of instruction for small children. They learn about colors, about texture, improve their motor skills when they learn to use a brush, and stimulate their brains when they create their projects.

Three-dimensional paints or puffy paints used on T-shirts are quite expensive. For fun art projects for kids, you can make puffy paints at home with some materials found mostly in the kitchen.

There are several methods to make puffy paints at home. Take a look.

Recipe 1


  • 1 tablespoon self-raising flour
  • A few drops of food coloring for each batch
  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly
  2. Add a little water and the food coloring. Mix the ingredients until you get a smooth paste
  3. Use the paste as paint.  It is best to use thick cardboard for the art project.
  4. Once the child has finished painting, put the board in the microwave for 10 to 30 seconds on high until the paint puffs up and dries.

Recipe 2


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Food coloring
  • Water
  • Squeeze bottles


  1. Mix equal amounts of flour, water and salt.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix until the color is even.
  3. Pour the mixture in squeeze bottles. Use the squeeze bottle as the painting tool.
  4. Use a thick cardboard or illustration board as base for the art work.
  5. Leave the puffy paint to dry naturally.

Recipe 3


  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Ziploc freezer bags for each color batch
  • Different liquid tempera paints
  • Scissors
  • Thick board or illustration boards


  1. Mix flour, salt and water in a large bowl.
  2. Divide the mixture and place in individual Ziploc bags.
  3. Squirt a bit of color in each bag and seal.
  4. Knead the plastic bags gently to blend the color and flour paste.
  5. Snip off a small corner of each bag and let the children squeeze puffy paints onto the paper boards.
  6. Allow the puffy paint to air dry, preferably overnight.
  7. You can add some glitters to the flour paste for texture and glittery shine.

Children will have hours of fun using these homemade puffy paints that are inexpensive, non-toxic and versatile. Teach the children various techniques to make their works of art more creative and interesting. Using toothpicks and big paint brushes can bring additional texture and dimension to their creations. Introducing other materials into the wet puffy paints can also be a source of inspiration and stimulate the children’s creative process. The tactile element provided by the puffy paint will teach children about different textures.


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