I don’t know if anyone has told you, but the eighties are back! I am not afraid to admit that this fact excites me. Being that it is summer vacation, we are trying to do some extra crafting. What does that have to do with the eighties you ask? Well, for starters puff paint! I loved that stuff as a kid. I would put it on anything and everything. Now, I’m not quite able to turn my kids loose with a bottle of puffy paint and a t shirt just yet.

While on my latest search for the newest craft on Pinterest, I came across a recipe for paint that puffs when you’re done with it. It’s not meant for clothing, and is totally DIY. It’s easy, so I thought I would give it a go. I’m willing to do just about anything to beat this summer heat!


  • Salt
  • Self rising flour
  • Food coloring
  • Cardboard


  1. Mix one tablespoon of the salt with one table spoon of the self rising flour together
  2. Mix in a few drops of food coloring
  3. Add enough water to make a thick paint texture
  4. When the kids are done painting on the cardboard, pup it in the microwave for about 30 seconds (I was a little worried about this at first, sure that the cardboard would catch fire and all would be lost, but alas it worked out fine_

When the pictures are done in the microwave the paint will have puffed up and dried out. I imagine that this would be a lot of fun for school map making projects. It would be a fun way to show the texture of the land. Until then, it is fun just to play with

Original recipe from: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/06/10/how-to-make-puffy-paint-from-one-crafty-mumma/

Photos courtesy of Melissa @ www.skiptomylou.org

-Stephanie Wright

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