Saturday, October 30, 2010

Handmade "puff" paint

This is a nifty way to make paint with texture using good things from your own kitchen. If you or your child have problems with gluten, try using a different flour. I haven't tried it yet but I think it would work.
*food color
*squeeze bottles

scrumdilly-do it!
Mix equal parts flour, salt & water into a small squeeze bottle. You can repurpose old paint, mustard or shampoo bottles. I used tiny travel bottles from the craft store, these work best for small detail projects like the Day of the Dead skeleton project I have coming for you tomorrow. It's the fine point applicator that makes it extra nifty. If the bottle opening is too small, use a funnel or a piece of paper rolled into a funnel shape to help fit the mixture in.After adding your basic paint to your squeeze bottle, add a few drops of food color to tint.Place the lid back on and shake it up to mix. For the tiny bottles, I added one tablespoon each of the flour, salt and water. If the mixture feels too lumpy, add more water, too watery, add more salt and/or flour.This paint keeps best when stored in the refrigerator. Should stay fresh for about two weeks. Have fun!

*When done, bottles can be rinsed out in the sink with warm to hot water. Don't throw bottles away, keep them for another nifty project!


  1. Wow! This looks great! I'll give it a try sometime! :) Thanks for sharing it!

  2. If you're looking to replace the wheat flour with a gluten-free substitute flour it will probably need to have guar gum. Whenever I need something to act as a thickening agent (I'm gluten-intolerant) I use corn starch, though.

  3. aaah...cornstarch, an excellent idea, thanks!