Microwave Puffy Paint at Crafternoon

Today we did a fabulous art project at Crafternoon — Microwave Puffy Paint! We were inspired by this post at Tinkerlab.

First we mixed up the paint: one cup of all-purpose flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, a teaspoon or so of salt, and water (about one cup of water for each cup of flour). We divided up the batter and stirred in color — some tubs got food coloring, some got Kool-Aid, and some got a mixture of both.

We poured the paint into squeezy bottles and squeeeeezed it out onto heavy-duty paper plates. When our designs were finished, we popped them into the microwave for 30-60 seconds, depending on the amount of paint on the plate. They puffed up beautifully and got a great texture. The ones with Kool-Aid sort of smelled like Pop Tarts! The ones with food coloring smelled sort of like pancakes (even better).

Here are some pictures.

Our puffy-paint ingredients

We mixed in food coloring and Kool-Aid!

After a couple of "explosions," we decided to duct tape the squeezy bottles closed.

We squeeeeezed the paint onto heavy paper plates. Even our littlest crafters (less than two years old) loved squeezing!