Craft: Baked Cotton Balls

Baked Cotton Balls Broken Open

These Baked Cotton Balls are probably the most fun the Bee and I (and Auntie B) have had with a craft.  Ever.  They combine Finger Painting, Baking, Smashing, and Mess Making, all in one easy to clean up activity!

Baked Cotton Ball Ingredients


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • Food coloring
  • Cotton Balls (I used one of the 100 ct. ones I’ve gotten from Target.  We could have done probably 200 cotton balls, instead of 100)
  • Baking pan
  • Cooking Spray or Baking Mat

Baked Cotton Ball Stirring Colors


  1. Mix Flour and Water in bowl until smooth.  
  2. Divide into as many bowls as you would like colors.  We found 7 worked out about perfectly.
  3. Add food coloring and stir.
  4. If your munchkin is old enough, you can give them the 3 primary colors and let them figure out what Mixing colors make (this is the Bee, figuring out that Green and Red make Brown)
  5. Coat cotton balls in “paint”
    Because Mama likes to stay clean, I coated mine with the spoon we used to stir
    My sister and the Bee went to town mixing with their hands.Baked Cotton Ball Messy Fun Excited
  6. Seriously Fun!   Even Clean Freak me got into it!
    (Although I was behind the camera, not in front of it!)
    Baked Cotton Ball Before Baking
  7. Place Completely coated cotton balls on baking tray sprayed with Pam.
    I honestly wasn’t sure what the aftermath would be, so I purposely chose my oldest pan,
    and wasn’t willing to risk my Baking Mats (although the “paint” peeled right off the sprayed cookie sheet)
    Baked Cotton Balls Baked
  8. Bake Cotton Balls at 300 Degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. The colors will change slightly, but they still look cool!  Baked Cotton Balls Smashing
  9. After done baking, smash with hammer.  

If your kids are old enough, let them do this, or give them a play hammer.
This was a VERY therapeutic part of the project.
Especially seeing how far I could get them to fly across the room!

Baked Cotton Balls All Smashed Up

Baked Cotton Balls broken open!

The Cotton Balls are hard and crunchy on the outside, and still soft and silky on the inside!


  • MrsPoo

    ummm, I just don’t get the point of these, what am I missing ? What are you using them for now ?

    • Honestly? Nothing! They are Make, Bake, Smash, Toss! We have the memories, the pictures, and muchkin asking me all the time if we can do them again, because we ALL had so much fun! 🙂
      There’s not a “point” like GAK, or Homemade Play-doh, where you can play with them over and over. It’s just a great, fun, activity, that doesn’t add any clutter to your home, but makes awesome memories, and teaches your kids about how red and blue make purple, etc.
      It’s great for a rainy day activity, or just for something different to do with your kids!

  • Amy D.

    My almost 3 yr old will love this! It’s a fun and different way to work on colors and even if there is no real point to it it just looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Amy D.

    My almost 3 yr old will love this! It’s a fun and different way to work on colors. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  • Jessica

    Super cute idea Becky! My 4 and 6 year old will love this! I can teach them about colors while we have fun making them. It also looks like a good sensory activity, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. I’m excited to spend quality time with my kids while they create, explore and play! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Sophie

    I’m all for crafts that don’t stick around once you are done. Do you know how much stuff kids bring home from preschool and school that takes up space? This is a great idea.

    • I know right?! Maybe because I’m spring cleaning/nesting… I LOVE things that don’t clutter up my home! It’s cute, it’s fun, and then it’s done 🙂 My kind of project!

  • Heather

    I thinking a gold or yellow for a leprechaun trap, looking forward to trying this. Thank you.

  • Lachelle

    Thanks for the great idea! Where did you hear about this from or did you just make it up? Either way it looks fun!

  • Laura

    Checking my email with my niece on my lap, she keeps asking if we can make that “candy”. She doesn’t get that it’s not, so we won’t be trying this. Just a caution w/ young kids.

    • LOL. That’s what my daughter thought when she saw the original picture too! I however, very supervised, let her stick a cotton ball on her tongue (all of it out of her mouth) and asked her if she really wanted to eat that. Of course, the answer was “Icky! No!” 🙂 And the flour/Water mixture is completely harmless, so it was no big deal if she sampled it – which she did, and she also realized that plain water and plain flour mixed, simply don’t taste good! 🙂 That was quickly the end of that, and we moved on to the fun of making, baking, smashing 🙂

  • Chelsie

    I am looking forward to this project. I hope my munchkins enjoy it too. Thanks for the idea!

  • Edie

    That kid has some gorgeous eyelashes! Lucky!

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