Homemade Microwave Puffy Paint

DIY paint that puffs up in the microwave? Sounds like a surefire hit to me! I saw this idea on Mommy Labs awhile ago and filed away for a rainy day. Today just happened to be the perfect combination of rain and bored kiddos, so I whipped up a batch – quick, easy, and SUPER fun!
We started with one cup of flour and mixed in 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. We divided our mix into four parts and put them into snack size Ziploc baggies along with some food coloring. Part of the fun was squishing it all around to mix up the colors!
Rubber band the baggies like you would if you were icing a cake and snip off the teeniest little bit of the tip.
Paint away! When you’re finished, pop the painting into the microwave for 30-45 seconds and watch the paint puff up and grow – such fun! I loved that it was completely dry out of the microwave so we didn’t have to worry about any extra messes or accidents as our pile of paintings grew.
We made about ten paintings this morning, and we still have plenty of paint leftover so that Sawyer can have a chance to try it when he gets home from school too. Nothing beats cheap entertainment, especially with some fine motor skills practice and a built-in kitchen science lesson!


  1. says

    i just found your blog… i LOVE it! so so many fun things to do! these are exactly the types of crafts we enjoy.. some for mom and some for kiddos! i’m following you now.. excited to try some of your things. i think we will do this puffy paint this weekend. thanks! if you would like, you can stop by my blog- not awesome like yours, but trying! http://www.todayis-amie.blogspot.com

  2. says

    Hi, Heidi! Would you be okay with me sharing a link to this post on a July activity calendar I’m putting together? It will say something like “Make homemade puffy paint (from Mom’s Crafty Space) and be linked to this post! Let me know! (Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to contact you besides writing on this post!!)

  3. says

    Great source for drawing art for children have to look everyone.Children are enjoying doing this work,there is most improtant thing is color how to choose a color for them this is important task for their family.This homemade microwave puffy paint is right source get right things for their child.

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  4. Jessica says

    Great Blog!
    So excited to try stuff with my daughter!
    We just did the puffy paint and she loved it:) just wondering how long you should keep it for, will it smell or get moldy quickly?
    Thanks so much Jessica

    • says

      Thanks, Jessica! My son kept his puffy paint masterpiece up on his bulletin board for at least 2-3 months, and it never got moldy or smelly in that time. I honestly haven’t kept any of our pieces for longer than that though, so I’m not sure about super long-term shelf life :)

  5. Julia says

    Just wanted to say how awesome this is! Did this activity with kids I was babysitting this morning (rainy day), it worked great and they loved it. One piece of advice for others – if you are using cheap snaplock bags, as I was, it’s a good idea to sticky-tape the 2 edges either side of the point, as the bags can burst at the seams if the kids squeeze them too hard (learnt that the hard way lol =P), the taped bags were perfect though =) Thanks so much for the great activity idea!

    • says

      I’m so glad to hear that you all loved it! It’s one of our favorites too! Thanks for the tips about taping the edges of the bags – that’s great advice! :)

  6. says

    I just tested this to do later with my kiddos. So. Cool! I felt like a kid again doodling away on a paper plate and my face lit up when I saw the magical effect of the microwave. My kids will have a blast for sure. (Probably not as much as mom though) LOL! Thank you for sharing!


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