This recipe for microwave puff paint is an adaptation of something I used to do with my Early Childhood Studies students, back in my teaching heyday! It is fun, non-toxic and is easily made with common pantry ingredients.

You’re obviously going to need a microwave (yes I know, they’re controversial, but after reading an article from Sarah Wilson a while ago, I came to the conclusion that they’re ‘ok’ in moderation and in certain circumstances, but that’s me and my opinion).

This activity is a fun way to fill some time on the school holidays; my kids are occupied for at least 45 minutes being creative and crafty! Just make sure the paint is quite thick on the page so it has enough substance to puff!


Makes: 750 g | 26.5 oz Prep time: < 5 min.


300g | 10.6 oz fine salt

150g | 5.3 oz self-raising flour

300g | 10.6 0z water (see recipe notes)

Colourant of choice


1. Combine salt, flour and water in a bowl and whisk together until smooth and well combined.

2. Separate mixture into 4 containers, adding a different colourant to each batch.

To Use

Paint, paint, paint, then place your masterpiece into the microwave for 5-10 seconds to puff.

Recipe Notes

Water should be distilled, purified or pre-boiled and cooled to extend shelf life.

Store in airtight containers between uses (be mindful that the paint will typically last around a week).

You may need to add a few drops of water, or a shake of flour to create a smooth/thick consistency.

Krissy Ballinger

Krissy Ballinger

Author, Advocate & Founder

With a background in health promotion, Krissy's passion is to educate and increase awareness on reducing the number of toxins that people expose themselves to on a daily basis, through an honest, simple and realistic approach.

She has sold over 20,000 self-published books and is now published as the author of Naturally Inspired, Simple DIY Recipes for Body Care and Cleaning.

Her recipes have taken her to the screen on more than one occasion, with morning TV appearances, and she received recognition as a ‘Woman Who Will Change The World’ in the AusMumpreneur business awards in 2018.

Simply Enter Your Details

And I'll send you my Top 10 Home Detox Tips PDF.

Keep Me In The Loop

Register your interest in our upcoming events tour.
Plus, stay up to date with all the latest news, DIY recipes, upcoming events & much more.
Simply Enter Your Details

Simply Enter Your Details

Stay updated with DIY recipes, upcoming events, latest news, & much more.

Simply Enter Your Details

Sign up here to receive my FREE Cleanse Your Home in 5 Days email series.
Do you need help finding ingredients?

Are you super keen to get stuck into natural DIY but not sure where to source your ingredients?

Check out my Ingredient Supplier Info post. I've provided you with a list of physical and online stores you can source all your natural DIY ingredients and accessories. Plus there a few discount codes for you!

You're welcome! xx
$4.95 Flat Rate Shipping Australia Wide

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This