3-D Puffy Paint Recipe – A Fun Way to Paint with Kids

puffy paint


  1. Self Rising Flour –  I use Gold Medal – Don’t worry if you don’t have “Self Rising” – The recipe to turn All-Purpose into Self Rising Flour is below!
  2. Salt
  3. Food Coloring
  4. Water
  5. Cupcake Pan works great for a paint tray
  6. Q-tips (or paintbrushes)


Instructions: – Per color

  1. Mix 1 Tablespoon of Self Rising Flour with 1 Tablespoon of salt. Add a little food coloring and a few drops of water. Only add enough water to make a paste.
  2. Use a Q-tip to paint on a sheet of paper. Use the paint liberally! The more you paste on, the more three dimensional your painting will look.
  3. Microwave the painting for up to 12 seconds. The painting should be puffy and dry

Turning All-Purpose Flour into Self Rising Flour:

For each cup of All-Purpose Flour

Add 1 and 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, & 1/4 teaspoon of salt, mix to combine.


You can substitute all-purpose flour for self rising, but you’ll need to leave out the baking powder and salt