Homemade Puffy paint

Puffy paints turns regular art projects into exciting science projects. It sure is a lot of fun when Science and Art combined 😀

These are super simple to make with just a few ingredients and is a great activity for kids. There are two commonly used methods to prepare puffy paint. I have listed them both. You can choose whichever option is convenient for you. I did the flour method below.

Method 1 : Using Flour


Self-rising flour1/2 cup
Salt1/2 cup
Water1/2 cup
Food coloringAny color/colors of your choice

If you don’t have self-rising flour, add the following ingredients to make self-rising flour at home.

All-purpose flour – 1/2 cup, Baking powder-3/4 tsp, Salt-1/8 tsp


  • Gather all the ingredients

  • Combine self-rising flour, salt and water in a mixing bowl and mix well. The mixture should be a bit thick but not too thick or too thin.
  • Divide the paste equally in separate bowls. This step is optional. You can use one or many colors as per your wish. Add different food coloring to each bowl.
  • Mix each color paint well and keep them ready.
  • In a heavy card stock, draw any picture and ask your kids to color them with the puffy paint we just made with the help of a Q-tip. (I have used regular white paper and it crumbles a bit when put in a microwave. Using a heavier paper/sheet would stay firm)
  • Now, place the painted paper in a microwave safe plate and microwave for 25-30 seconds. This is where the magic happens. The paint puffs up 😀 This process is nothing but flour cooking in the oven. The flour is basically getting cooked and the baking powder helps it in the puffing!

Method 2: Using Shaving cream


Shaving cream1/2 cup
Glue1/2 cup
Food coloringAny color/colors of your choice


  • Combine equal parts of glue and shaving cream in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Rest of the steps are same as in the method using flour.
– If the puffy paint mixture becomes too thick, add a drop or two of water and proceed.
– The quantity mentioned makes plenty enough paint. We had a lot leftover after the project. So, make accordingly.

– Do not microwave for more than 30 seconds, the paint might burn

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