Mini Masterpieces: Puffy Wall Tiles

Did you know that you and your little one can turn your old empty diaper box into colorful home d├ęcor?!  It’s true!  This fun activity is a great exploration into color, texture, and a learning experience about the value of reusing soon to be trashed items to make beautiful memories and art!!

What you need:

  • Cardboard Squares (Reuse an old box, diaper box, shipping box, whatever)
  • Self-Rising Flour
  • Food Coloring
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Paint Tools (spoons, pipe cleaners, q-tips, cotton balls, squeeze bottles, paint brushes)
Before Little Hands Get Involved
  1. Cut your box into squares.
  2. You can make your puffy paint before involving your little one.  This recipe is simple and fun. So if you’re up to it, I say let them help make the paint!!

Puffy Paint Recipe
We got this puffy paint recipe from a WN favorite blog: Nurturing Nolan. Check it out!!
For each color …

  1. Mix 1 tbsp of self-rising flour, a few drops of food coloring, & 1 tbsp salt into a bowl.
  2. Add water to the dry ingredients and stir until the mixture is a smooth paste.

Let the Little Masters Get to Work!

1.      It’s painting time!!  Let your little artist get to work using all the paint tools you can find.   
2.      Microwave the design on high for 30 seconds until the paint puffs.
3.      Set it aside to cool and dry (this only takes a few minutes)

Display Your Masterpieces!

We used a piece of old ribbon and hot glued our tiles together.  We made 8 tiles.  I cut the ribbon into two pieces and glued four tiles on each ribbon.  They are now hanging in the living room.  The children seem to notice something different about them every time they come into the room!! Yesterday, my son signed and said rainbow referring to a tile that he made.  Today, he noticed the tile that has a star on it.  It’s so amazing watching him go from creating to appreciating his own artwork and the artwork of others!

1 comment:

  1. Love the tiles!! I need to hang more of our artwork up.


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