Homemade puffy sand paint is a fun paint to use for all kinds of crafts. This paint adds 3D texture along with color to any artwork. You can also use this craft paint to decorate items such as picture frames, jewelry boxes, greeting cards and so much more. Read to the end of the article to get ideas on how you can use this homemade puffy sand paint.
To make homemade puffy sand paint you will need 1/3 cup flour, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup salt, 2 tablespoons tempera paint, 1/2 tablespoon sand, and a plastic squeeze bottle. You can get the tempera paint at any craft store or in the craft section of Walmart. You can also buy sand at the craft store, or you can use any clean, dry sand like beach sand. As for a squeeze bottle, you can use any squeeze bottle like a catsup bottle or a mustard bottle. Just make sure the squeeze bottle is clean and that it has a large enough opening for the paint to flow through it. You can buy new squeeze bottles if you prefer. You can find them in the kitchen cookware section of Walmart. You can also use a cake decorating bag with decorative tips.
To make your puffy sand paint, combine the flour, the salt and the sand in a bowl. Then add the water and the tempera paint using the color of your choice. Mix until it is well blended. Pour the paint into your squeeze bottle. Your paint is ready to use!
Squeeze your paint over finished artwork to give it a 3D look. Then let it dry for 24 hours or until it is hard. You can also squeeze the paint out and then flatten it with a craft stick for a hard, flat finish. This paint is good for making hills and valleys for art projects or for painting unusual finishes for science projects.
Here are some other ideas for your homemade puffy sand paint!
Good Night Picture Frame: Paint a picture frame black (or buy a black picture frame). Using a decorative tip and yellow puffy sand paint, squirt little star shapes all around the top edge of the frame. Cut a little half moon shape out of light weight cardboard (like a cereal box) and use the yellow puffy sand paint to color it yellow. Glue the moon to one of the top corners of the picture frame. Put a photo of yourself sleeping in the frame and put the picture next to your child’s bed.
Decorative Starfish: Cut starfish shapes out of light weight cardboard (like a cereal box). Cover the starfish shapes with various colors of puffy sand paint. Let the starfish dry then use them in decorative ways. You can give them as gifts, glue them to frames or clocks, glue them to the front of a greeting card, etc.
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