Puffy Fireworks

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Posted on Jun 10 2013 - 1:00am by Ashley
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I have always loved Fireworks. So pretty and sparkly and just awesome. My kids have enjoyed them from a young age too (once we got past the big booms).  Even pictures of fireworks are pretty to look at, so we made some fireworks of our own!


We started by making some Microwave Puffy Paint (thanks to Mom’s Crafty Space for the great recipe). Mix 1 cup of flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt, and enough water to make it the consistency of pancake batter. Divide into bowls and color as desired. We were going patriotic, so we chose red, blue, and gold.



I put our colors in squeezy condiment bottles, so they would be fairly mess free, and the girls went to squeezing!  For a that extra firework sparkle we added some very fine glitter (kindly donated by CraftProjectIdeas.com).




Then pop it into the microwave for 30-45 seconds. If the paint is thick it takes a bit longer, but I would start with a short time and work up to more, so you don’t burn the paintings.  Just dump off the extra glitter and enjoy your boom free fireworks!



Eli was fascinated by the puffiness. He had to touch them all!


And here are a few of our glittering masterpieces! We must have made a total of 30 pictures before we ran out of paint (just one batch)!




Now as I am writing this up I am wondering how safe it really was to put glitter in the microwave. Obviously my microwave survived, so the extra fine glitter seems to be okay. I wouldn’t use the large glitter for sure, and if you would rather not use store bought glitter you can make your own with salt (click here for recipe) or just go without! You will still get fun, puffy fireworks!




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  • Oh, I'm sooooo doing this project this week! Love it, I try to use crafts anytime I can in our homeschool. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Just get the super fine glitter please; I don't want to explode any microwaves! Thanks for visiting!

  • Fun!! You know, a microwave explosion would be a cool firework too. πŸ˜‰ I love how you used the squeeze condiment bottles too! Thanks for sharing at Teach Me Tuesday at Preschool Powol Packets!!

    • I'm sure it would be, but I don't want to test it out! lol Thanks for visiting!

  • Oooh, I am pinning this for sure! This would be a definite win with my kiddos!

  • Love this!

  • Okay I've never heard of microwave puffy paint but now I will need to check it out. This looks like a lot of fun for my girls!

    We would love for you to link this up with us at Living Well Spending Less! You can link up any of your thrifty projects each Thursday – we would love to have you join us! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/th

    • Thanks you for the invite! I hope you enjoy making some puffy paint; our house was covered with pictures for awhile!

  • What fun. Must try this!

    • I hope you do try it! My girls had so much fun, and honestly a few adults did too! πŸ˜‰

  • What a cool way to make fireworks and use the microwave. Thanks for linking with Hobbies and Handicrafts.

  • beautiful pictures! Funnily enough we did puffy paint fathers' day photo frames a few years ago, Dad loved them. I'm pinning your post to remind me to do it again over the summer πŸ™‚

  • This is such a fun activity – perfect for the 4th of July coming up! I've never tried this in the microwave, so might have to give it a shot this week!

    • I hope you do try it! My kids loved making puffy paint pictures of all sorts!

  • Your fireworks turned out beautifully! Love the puffy paint!

    • Thanks for visiting! They were pretty to look at with all the sparkles!

  • Love this idea – so much fun!!

  • This is so neat! Thanks for sharing this with us on Share It Saturday! We are featuring your post on Saturday.
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts

    • Thanks for hosting and featuring Colleen! I'll be sure to stop by!

  • How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  • grok78

    I so love this project! Thanks for linking up with Stress-Free Sunday! I've already pinned this to my America board so my son and I can try it out in a week or two. πŸ™‚

    • I hope he has a wonderful time with it!

  • 1978rebecca

    We still haven't made puffy paint. It' our list.

    I think you've already spotted that I've featured this on The Sunday Showcase!!

    • I did! Thanks so much!

  • elbradt

    I love the puffy paint! My daughter will love this. Adding the glitter is a fun touch, too. This definitely is now on our craft list! I tried my hand at my first crafty how-to today. I hope you can stop by and check it out! http://www.RocksNoSaltMommy.com

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