How to make puff paint

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  • Introduction

    How to make puff paint

    Children love to work with paint and make crafts. With homemade puff paint, you can combine these two elements and make a creative project for children of all ages. This paint is not like ordinary paint, either. The paint puffs up as it dries and can be made with everyday household ingredients. Making this paint can also be an excellent learning experience on how to measure ingredients and do simple math.

    Things you'll need (Arianne Nellessen)

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    Measure 1 cup of salt and pour it into a mixing bowl.

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    Measure 1 cup of flour and pour it into the same mixing bowl. Mix with a whisk.

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    Measure 1 cup water and gradually add it to the mixed flour and salt. Whisk all of these ingredients together until the mixture is thick and smooth. This mixture will make about 227gr of paint.

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    Add food colouring and whisk until the colour is evenly dispersed. Four drops of food colouring will colour the mixture completely. You can add more for a darker colour.

    Blue food colouring ()

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    With a funnel, pour the mixture into a 59.1ml squeeze bottle.

    Funnel made of paper ()

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    Squeeze the coloured paint onto whatever you wish to decorate. Allow approximately 1 hour for the paint to dry. It will retain its raised form as it dries and puff out even further.

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  • Checklist

    Things you will need

    • Flour
    • Water
    • Salt
    • Squeeze bottle
    • Measuring cup
    • Funnel
    • Whisk
    • Mixing bowl
    • Food colouring
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    Tips and warnings

    If you don't have funnel, you can make one from any type of paper. Roll the paper so that the resulting funnel is larger on one end (where you will pour the paint into) and smaller on the other end (where the paint will come out of). You can use smaller squeeze bottles so you can make more colours. Don't worry if this paint gets in the mouth, it is nontoxic.

    Food colouring stains; be careful and have soap on hand for spills.

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