Craft: Paint That Puffs Up In The Microwave!

You usually use your microwave to heat up leftovers (or, make one of our many microwave dessert recipes 😂) But you can also use your microwave to create beautiful art!

This is a fun craft for all ages and is very easy and simple to make!

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To start creating your masterpiece, gather all of these items:

  1. Parchment paper
  2. Salt
  3. Baking powder
  4. White flour
  5. Four colours of food colouring
  6. Water
  7. A mixing bowl
  8. A spoon
  9. Four small ziplock bags
  10. Four rubber bands

Great! Now follow the steps below to create a beautiful 3D painting!

  1. Put two cups of flour into a bowl.
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    3. For your final dry ingredient, put in six teaspoons of baking powder. This is the ingredient that makes the paint “puff up”.
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    4. Finally, add 1 1/2 cups of water.
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    5. Mix well.
    Awesome! The mixture that you have just created should look something like this:
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    6. Transfer this “batter” into four separate ziplock bags.
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    7. Put a few drops of food dye into each bag. Make sure that they are all different colours!
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    8. Close the bag. Tightly. Then, shake the bag around so that the food dye is mixed into the mixture, and so that it is one solid colour.
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    9. When you are done, twist the top of the bag, so that it is in the shape of a piping bag, like you would use if you were icing a cake.
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    10. When you are done, seal the twist with a rubber band.
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    When you are done that, your bag should look something like the bags below:
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    11. Trim a bit of the corner off. Repeat this step and the last three for all of the other bags.
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    12. Cut off a piece of parchment paper. Make sure that it is not too big to fit in your microwave!
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    13. You can begin painting on the parchment paper with the bags of paint that you created! This can get a little messy, so make sure to clean it up after.
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    14. Put your creation in the microwave for 30-50 seconds. Remember that they can burn if you leave them in for too long.
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    15. Remove your art from the microwave. The paint should be puffy and 3D when you take it out!
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    Bonus step: If you would like to, you can actually peel your art off of the parchment paper. Let it cool for a while, and then simply peel the paint off with your fingers! Remember to be gentle.
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    Here are a few cool examples!

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    You can actually put a light colour of paint on top of a darker colour!

    The one above is created by a younger kid!

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