Maia and I mixed up some salt puffy paint recently and she got to paint using squeeze bottles, which was a big hit.
This puffy paint recipe was sent to me by Kimberly Stoney, a woman who tests and develops crafts for a children’s magazine. She’s the one who also sent me the recipe for the Rainbow in a Bag color mixing experiment.
Here’s the puffy paint recipe…
Salt Puffy Paint Recipe
This recipe is not so much about mixing as about colors playing with and off each other.
- 2/3 cup of flour
- 2/3 cup of salt
- Water (2/3 cup)
- 2 squeeze containers from craft store ($1.99 for package of 2 found in craft store-cake supplies)
- 1 tablespoon tempera paint (at least 2 colors)
How to Make the Salt Puffy Paint
1. Mix the ingredients together in a big bowl. It will yield enough for 2 containers of wet mix.
2. Measure 1/2 of the mix out into a smaller container.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of tempera paint and mix well.
4. Adjust the color by adding 1 teaspoon at a time up to 3 extra teaspoons. The consistency will be similar to stirred sour cream.
5. Pour into squeeze bottle. Repeat with another color for the second ½ of mix.
6. Give the child the bottles and let them squeeze the paint out.
This salt puffy paint will settle over days if not used. Store the bottles in the fridge for up to week. Shake and remove the plastic wrap for play.
How to Use the Salt Puffy Paint
To paint with the salt puffy paint, squeeze the mixture out onto foam core or heavy card stock* in any design desired.
Kids might want to squeeze in one place and not move the squeeze bottle. That’s fine or you can encourage them to move it around a bit. (Mantra to repeat here—“Stay on the paper, stay on the paper…”)
*The heavy, wet mix can make paper very soggy so stay away from construction paper. And just so you know, regular cardboard weeps leaving a water stain around the art work.
Let the puffy paint artworks dry.
It will just take a little longer to dry if it thick. When it does dry, the salt turns back into beautiful crystals again and the whole thing glitters.
Note: We used squeeze bottles from the cake decorating section of the craft store as well as one of those plastic icing bags. Both seemed to work well.
You can see the salt crystals in the completed artworks, which is pretty neat.
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