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Christmas is the most joyful time of the year - why not spend your Christmas Eve getting creative and making your very own puffy paint decorations to spread some Christmas spirit!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of flour
- A teaspoon of salt
- A medium sized glass of water
- A blender
- Some food colouring, preferably red and green
- A large black poster board
- 3-5 squeeze bottles
- A microwave
- A bowl
- Blue tack or playdough
- A sharpened pencil
- Some ribbon or string
What to do:
Step 1 – Place the flour, water and salt in the blender and mix until smooth so you don’t get any lumps when trying to squeeze it in the bottle!
Step 2 - Pour a third of the mixture, which will resemble white paint, into a bowl and leave two thirds in the blender. Add the green food colouring to the blender and mix it, then pour it into the squeeze bottles.
Step 3 – Next quickly rinse the blender then pour another third of the mixture into the blender and add the red food colouring. Mix and pour into the squeeze bottles.
Step 4 – Rinse the blender again and pour the last third of the mixture into the squeeze bottles – so now you have red, white and green paint!
Step 5 – Cut the black poster board into medium sized squares, then squeeze some white paint onto the poster and design a snowflake! Let your imagination run wild and create Christmas trees, reindeers, Christmas cards and words like ‘Merry Christmas’ to place around the house after! If you need more paint double the measurements for flour, water, squeeze bottles and salt listed in the first section and repeat steps 1,2 and 3.
Step 6 – Place the newly decorated posters one-by-one in the microwave for 10-20 seconds – parental supervision is needed when deciding what you can and can’t place in the microwave. Once the paint starts rising and becoming puffy they are ready to be taken out! If a poster has a lot of paintwork on it then it may need more time in the microwave. This method is brilliant because the paint comes out of the microwave dry – no longer do you have to wait anxiously for hours until your decorations are ready! Another option, if a microwave is unavailable to you, is to leave the decorations in a warm environment to dry in their own time. Once dry, glue some glitter on for that extra sparkle!
Step 7 – Choose a place near the top of the poster where you would like to make a hole and mark it with a pencil. Place a ball of blue tack or playdough underneath the paper in that given spot and use the pencil, which should be freshly sharpened with a pointy led, to pierce a hole in the paper in the marked spot. By using the playdough you don’t risk leaving a mark on the table or surface you are using and cannot injure yourself – nonetheless adult supervision is needed for this step.
Step 8 – Lastly tie a ribbon or string through the hole and the ends, your decorations are now ready to be hung up as Christmas ornaments just in time for tomorrow!