Ever since we had so much fun doing microwave puffy paint a few months ago, the kids have been asking for a repeat performance.
So when I saw the puffy paint snowflakes on Inner Child Fun, I decided that now would be the perfect time and borrowed my friend’s microwave yet again.
Yesterday, we made puffy paint snowmen, snowflakes, blizzards, candy canes, and more. All kinds of wintry puffy paint art!
Plus, I figured out a little trick to make the puffy paint (even) easier to make and work better!
Here are my tips, instructions, and lots of photos ::
Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Winter
This recipe makes enough for 3-4 children.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups water
- Red and green food coloring
- Black or blue poster board, cut into smallish pieces
- Squeeze bottles (We used these squeeze bottles, but you could also find squeeze bottles at the grocery store or dollar store or just use a plastic baggie with the tip cut off.)
How to Make Puffy Paint
1. Add flour, salt, and water to blender and blend until super smooth (No more puffy paint chunks to clog up the tip of the squeeze bottles and cause 5-year-olds heartache!)
2. Pour the white puffy paint directly from the blender into squeeze bottles, reserving some of the plain puffy paint to color.
3. Now dye the remaining puffy paint… To do this, keep half of it in the blender and pour half temporarily into a cup or bowl. Add red food coloring to the puffy paint in the blender, blend, then pour into squeeze bottles. Do a quick rinse of the blender, add the rest of the puffy paint mixture and the green food coloring. Blend then pour into squeeze bottles.
That’s a lot of explanation for a simple process! And you could, of course, do it any way you like. But I thought that using the blender was much easier and produced a better, smoother puffy paint and was easier to pour (rather than using spoons to transfer it to the squeeze bottles as before).
Now that you have your puffy paint, make some puffy paint art!
How to Make Puffy Paint Art
Anyway, after making your paint, you’re in business to make some puffy paint art!
4. Squeeze the puffy paint out onto the black poster board as desired to make winter scenes, Christmas art, abstract designs, or words.
5. Cook on high for 30 seconds in the microwave and watch it puff up! The artworks with a lot of puffy paint may need to double that time.
6. Admire the puffiness of it.
Plus it’s dry to the touch, so no more waiting around for hours or days for a painting to dry. At least with this art project.
We had puffy paint snowflakes, snowmen, snow scenes, blizzards, candy canes, gingerbread houses, gingerbread men (on brown cereal box cardboard), peppermint swirl candies, Christmas trees, kayaks, and lots of enthusiastically abstract puffy paint art.
Note :: You could do this with just white for the snow flakes and snow scenes and it would be even quicker and easier to set up. We liked having the additional colors, though, especially for adding details. Plus they make it look so Christmasy!
I thought about adding glitter or bead decoration to the puffy paint before cooking them, but didn’t know how well they would play with microwaves (and it wasn’t my microwave). Does anyone know? I grew up without a microwave and don’t have one now so feel a bit clueless about what’s okay and what’s not okay.
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