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Microwave Puffy Paint Art Revisited for Winter and Christmas

Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Christmas and Winter

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 ::

Puffy paint in red, white, and green for Christmas art

Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Winter

This recipe makes enough for 3-4 children. 


  • This post contains affiliate links. 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Blender
  • 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.)
  • Microwave

How to Make Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint in the blender

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

Puffy Paint Art for Kids

Anyway, after making your paint, you’re in business to make some puffy paint art!

Making Puffy Paint Snowflakes

4. Squeeze the puffy paint out onto the black poster board as desired to make winter scenes, Christmas art, abstract designs, or words.

Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Kids

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.

Puffy Paint Snowflake Art

6. Admire the puffiness of it.


Puffy Paint Art for Kids - A Gingerbread House

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.

Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Kids

7. Repeat.

Puffy Paint Snowflake Art

And repeat.

A Table Full of Puffy Paint Art

And again!

Maia's Puffy Paint Art - Christmas and Winter Themes

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.

Jean's Microwave Puffy Paint Gingerbread Man and Candy Cane Heart

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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Microwave Puffy Paint Art for Christmas and Winter
Microwave Puffy Paint Art Revisited for Winter and Christmas
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    January 6, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Is the paint puffy even if you don’t microwave it? I don’t have a microwave, but I like the “puffy” idea.

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    January 7, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Jean, this sounds like thee absolute best Puffy Paint Recipe I have ever heard of! Our biggest tears alos come from disappointed 5 year old. I am soo glad I bought myself a new blender for Christmas! Thanks!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      January 7, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Yes, it’s awesome! Hope you and your 5yo enjoy it! :)

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        September 3, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        Jean, the blender has made the WORLD of difference!!! We have just been able to try this today! THank you

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          Jean Van't Hul
          September 3, 2015 at 7:49 pm

          You’re welcome, Jeanine!! So glad you’ve been able to try this!

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    January 9, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Brilliant art project Jean. I love all of the elements. Making the paint, doing the project and then topping it off with some microwave fun. And it’s even dry. So great. Any idea of what’s going on in the microwave? Does it have to do with compression of bubbles or something? Thanks for sharing!

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      November 30, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      The microwave is cooking the flour, it wasn’t mentioned so I’m assuming it’s self rising flour that makes it puff, I’m sure adding a tiny bit of cornstarch would make it a little thicker so it may keep in place a bit better when it’s microwaved, worth trying a strip to see.

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        Jean Van't Hul
        November 30, 2015 at 3:53 pm

        It’s not self-rising flour, Terra. Just regular flour.

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    November 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Can this paint be made and stored for a few days before using it.

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    November 30, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I wouldn’t recommend using glitter and then putting it into the microwave. Glitter is kind of metallic and metallics and microwaves are fire hazards