Grab the kids and get ready to make some fun homemade puffy paint butterflies!
Raise your hand if you had a shirt or two decorated with puffy paint when you were a kid. (I may or may not have had a pair of sweatpants that I meticulously painted with neon puffy paint to match my layered socks and shoelaces!)
Puffy paint is still so much fun to use, especially when it’s homemade! Using just a few supplies that you probably have around the house, homemade puffy paint makes a great craft for the kids are hanging around the house saying “I’m bored!”
Homemade Puffy Paint Butterflies
- card stock or construction paper
- butterfly template
- shaving cream
- white glue
- food coloring
- ziplock baggies
- 1/4 cup measuring cup
1. Add 1/4 cup of glue and 1/4 cup of shaving cream to a ziplock bag.
2. Add about 10-15 drops of food coloring to the mixture and seal the bag, making sure to get out as much air as possible. Otherwise there might be some extra clean-up if the bag pops open in the next step.
3. Now for the fun part! Let the kids squish and squeeze the bag to mix all of the ingredients together.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each color of puffy paint you would like to make. Get creative with the colors – mix two colors, add more or less drops of coloring to create pastels or bright colors.
5. Using the butterfly template, trace the shape onto construction paper and cut out.
6. Squish all of the puffy paint to one bottom corner of the ziplock back and snip off a tiny bit of the bag. The bigger the hole, the more puffy paint…so start with a small snip and cut more off as needed.
7. Paint the butterflies by squeezing the bag to push out the puffy paint.
The kids can also squeeze out a bunch of paint onto their butterfly and then use a paint brush to spread the paint around. Let them get creative with how they use it!
It’s definitely tempting to poke at the puffy paint while it’s drying because of the fun texture! Be sure to let the projects dry for a few hours before hanging them up. The colors will become more vibrant as the paint dries.
Let the kids create their own pictures with the leftover puffy paint. It looks especially cool on black construction paper! Have fun crafting!
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