Easy Puffy Paint Recipe for Home

Quick Puffy Paint Recipe made with 3 simple kitchen ingredients.  Paint your picture, and turn it into a 3-D piece of art with your microwave!

Of all the homemade paint that we’ve tried over the years, this is one of my all time favourites. I’ve written about our 3 ingredient puffy paint before, but I wanted to share yesterday’s results with you because they’re so awesome!  I also figured there were probably a few of you who haven’t seen this stuff before, and you totally need to know how cool this process is, and how EASY it is to do.

homemade 3 ingredient puffy paint (happy hooligans)

This puffy paint is really easy to make (I’m including the link to the recipe at the bottom of this post), and the transformation that takes place when you microwave it is sure to impress kids and adults alike.   homemade puffy paint

The paint is the consistency of stirred yogurt, and we use Q-tips to blob it onto a piece of white cardboard or sturdy cardstock.  I say “blob”, because you want to apply a thick, layer to your paper to get the best results.
microwave puffy paint

It looks something like this when it’s wet.


After 30 seconds in the microwave, thanks to the self-rising flour, you get this beautiful, puffed up art!


Aren’t the results beautiful?3 ingredient puff paint

Art and Science all rolled into one activity!  Gotta love it!

Puffy paint recipe:

Get the recipe for my 3 ingredient puffy paint here.

3 ingredient puffy paint (happy hooligans)

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  1. Connie says

    Hi Jackie: I teach art to over 300 students at an elementary school. I teach it only once a month so I am always looking for new cool ideas to keep the kids engaged. I think we are going to try this next week.

    • happyhooligans says

      Super, Connie! I’m so excited to think that you’ll be using our idea with so many students! Thanks so much for following along with us!

  2. Shaune says

    I teach toddlers and the curriculum calls for puffy paint this month. I seriously JUST FINISHED making this and now I see your post. LOVE that I could microwave it and it looks cool. (Caught paper on fire, but I won’t leave the kid’s in that long. I used all purpose flour and it is still very puffy. Thanks.

  3. juzanka says

    it looks to be so cool, but: pls what exactly mean “self-rising flour”? can it be “backing powder”? i’ve never seen it in the shop.
    greating from slovakia

    • happyhooligans says

      If you google it, Juzanka, you’ll find instructions to make your own. I think you have to add baking soda and/or baking powder to your flour.

  4. Joyce says

    Does the puffy paint bond well to the cardboard or cardstock to that if we make flower picture for example and hang them up that the paint will not fall off. Love your site, use lots of your ideas at the adult foster care home where I work with the handicapped adults.

    • happyhooligans says

      Yes, Joyce, you won’t have any problem with the paint coming away from the card. I hope you try this one! Thank you so much for sharing our activities and bringing joy into the lives of others! x

  5. anita says

    i did this for my middle sons 7th birthday and then again for my daughters 8th birthday and all the kids loved it..i now do it with my 3 year and he also loves it

  6. Jo X says

    A fab idea going to show some fellow mummies lol. Adeline maybe try a hair drier over it. It works with fabric puff paints x

    • happyhooligans says

      Well,you have to lay it flat in the microwave, so I’m not sure how you’d make that work with clothing, Christine, and it’s just flour, so I have to suspect it would wash away as soon as you put it in water.

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