Thursday, July 12, 2012

Puffy Paint

So, I've quickly realized that a picture a day is just not going to happen on the days that I work.  There is just too much to do and I want to enjoy my time with my Littles instead of worrying about taking a picture.  My new goal will be 3-4 posts per week.  I think that might be more realistic.

Now, on to our craft of today!  We made our own puffy paint.  Puffy paint is fun to use because you have a neat, textured piece of art in the end.  Zayit had never seen puffy paint before, which made today's project even more fun.  Puffy paint in the stores comes in tiny bottles and has tons of chemicals in it.  I was looking for something that was non-toxic and preferably, less expensive than those readily available.  I found a couple of recipes online, specifically on Pinterest, but cannot recall where those posts are.

Here is the recipe I came up with after making a few modifications.  It is completely edible, but I imagine would taste absolutely disgusting.

Puffy Paint:
Equal parts flour, salt and water.  You might want to add more water to get a thinner consistency.  The first batch I made was too thick for Zayit to squeeze through the tips of the bottles.  In the end, I used:

2 cups flour
2 cups salt
2 1/4 cups water
AmeriColor food coloring
6 6ounce squeeze bottles from the "Wilton" aisle at Walmart

I mixed everything in stainless steel bowls so as not to stain the bowls, and I did it all the night before we were going to use it.  Each bottle has 1/2 cup of paint.  Everything was ready to go for the next morning.  Next time, I think I'll have Zayit help with the mixing.  He would enjoy watching the white paint become colored when mixing in the food coloring.

Outside we went...

We started out using the table, but quickly moved to the grass.  It was much easier for him to squeeze the bottles without having to reach over the table.

The masterpiece...

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