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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Baked Cotton Balls

My 29M old loves putting stickers and stamps all over her body.  Well, a couple months ago she put one of those green Starbucks stickers on her leg.  I could NOT get it off.  I swear those things are the stickiest stickers on the face of the planet.  So... I did a google search on how to take a sticker off of skin (LOL)... I love the internet!  It brought me to the ehow page on how to use a cotton ball and alcohol (this did not work just FYI... we ended up using olive oil).  While on the ehow webpage THIS was under my "You may also like".  Of course we had to try it.  :-)  


2 cups flour
2 cups water
Food coloring/Liquid watercolors
Cotton Balls
Baking pan/sheet
Cooking Spray

Mix flour with water.  We found 2 cups of water and 2 cups of flour was a perfect amount to give you 6 colors.  You can use more or less.  This was enough for my 2 older girls.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Dip your cotton balls into the mixture and make your design.  Bake at 300 degrees for 45min to 1 hour.   If you place the cotton balls next to each other they will stick together while baking.  I told the girls to cover their cotton balls completely with the mixture.  I'm not so sure how dry cotton would do in an oven!    

The invitation.  

My oldest starting on her design.  We used a round cake pan for these.  

She liked cleaning her hands with the cotton balls.  

My 29M old was trying very hard not to get dirty.  LOL  

They used one color up at a time to the very last drop.  

"This feels so slimy"

"I'm making an apple pie.  What are you making?

There were a few cotton balls that my 29M didn't quite cover completely.  I did double dip them for her.  

My 29M old's "turtle".  

My 3.5 year old's "Apple pie".  

Post baking.

Post baking.  My oldest thinks these taste fantastic!  LOL  

They do get pretty hard, however, you can still break them open and pull out the cotton from inside.  Pretty cool.  The possibilities for these are endless.  You can do designs, patterns, letters, numbers, animals, etc.  You can also draw on them after they are cooked.  It's pretty much a cotton ball paper mache.  



  1. How fun! I've seen on other blogs where they let their little ones cover the cotton ball and cook it just like you did, but they cooked the cotton balls separately and then once they were done cooking, and cooling, they let their kiddos smash the cotton balls! I have a little man at home, and once he's older we plan on doing that :D Who doesn't like to smash things lol! Thanks for sharing the recipe :D

  2. I wonder if this could be done with a gluten free flour or cornstarch. My son would love this.

  3. Using a hammer to smash them would be so much fun! Can't wait to try it.

  4. I love this, going to scrounge around and see if I have everything needed.

  5. This is something different. Think I am going to try it with my daughter. Looks fun.

  6. FYI - Eucalyptus oil is the best for removing stickers or stickiness in general from skin, jars, counter tops, windows & furniture ^_^

  7. I am sooooo glad I found you! I love all your ideas! I have two almost three yr old boys, one is struggling with many issues, but I'm sure they will both love this cotton ball baking! Love it! Thank you

  8. Hi there! Thank you! And... Where have you gotten liquid water colors? I've have never found... Except a vintage set at a garage sale. Thanks you in advance!

  9. Okay, I have a silly question. I have been reading your blog for awhile and I have seen this white divided dish that you have for many of the activities. What is it? Is it like a chip and dip tray or something? I love it and it seems so perfect for so many of these activities and I wanted to get one for myself. Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas!

    1. Elizabeth - it's a sorting tray. you can get them through different teacher/parent stores such as lakeshore or beckers. but i just get them at the dollar store - much cheaper that way. the trays i get are meant as chip & dip trays, like you mentioned, but work great for sorting.

  10. That is a fun idea. We will have to try that when our four 21 month-old toddlers get bigger. Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3 (along with any other arts, crafts and play posts).

    : 0 ) Theresa

  11. Goo Gone from the dollar store is pretty awesome for removing stickyness. It works great on stickers, gum, and even Christmas tree sap.

  12. I know you said use either food coloring or liquid watercolors, but can you tell me what you used to get these super bright colors? I can't seem to get mine this bright. Also, what you used to get your pasta so bright in that post?

  13. Using this today! Making it into an Easter activity by using oval shaped pans to make "eggs" out of "bunny tails!" My 4 year old is loving it!!!

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