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How To Make Puffy Paint – The Best Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe


Using just a few supplies you have laying around the house, kids will love making their own puffy paint and using them with our fun spring coloring pages!

Besides this fun paint, my family loves activities like How To Make Slime, making Ribbon Wands or this easy Homemade Playdough.

bottles of red, purple, blue and white homemade puffy paint made with this easy recipe sitting on a counter with a drop of puffy paint on the counter in front of them

Easy DIY Puffy Paint

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 hanging around the house saying “I’m bored!”

Here’s a short puffy paint video tutorial, but the written instructions are below – so keep scrolling! 🙂

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Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe

Materials Needed:

  • Shaving cream
  • White glue
  • Food coloring
  • Ziplock baggies
  • 1/4 cup measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Spring coloring pages (download below)
  • plastic squeezable containers (optional – see below)

How To Make Puffy Paint:

  1. First, add 1/4 cup of glue and 1/4 cup of shaving cream into a ziplock bag. TIP: If you don’t want to use your measuring cup for the glue, just pour half of a 4 oz. bottle into your bag.
  2. Add as much food coloring as you want 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 fewer drops of coloring to create pastels or bright colors.
  5. 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
  6. OR: Snip off a larger portion to squeeze into a plastic bottle.
  7. And finally, print off as many coloring pages as you want, and get creating!

looking down on glue and shaving cream on a counter which are supplies to make homemade puffy paint

Tips For Making DIY Puffy Paint

  • The shaving cream will expand, so don’t worry when it ends up being a little more than a 1/4 cup.
  • You can mix this all together in a bowl, but we prefer the bag – more fun to squish, and cleanup is a breeze!
  • Use travel-size shampoo bottles to store the paint

a ziploc bag of the mixture to make DIY puffy paint

Mix the easy ingredients in your Ziploc bag.

bottles of red, purple, blue and green puffy paint laying on their sides on a counter with a small puddle of puffy paint in front of them

Fill the bottles with the mixed puffy paint.  I found mine at Walmart for less than a dollar each!

Idea For Using Your Puffy Paint

Now that you’ve made your own puffy paint, here are a few suggestions on ways you can use it

  • Download of adorable spring coloring sheet below
  • Paint something fun on an old T-shirt that you were about to throw away
  • Create fun texture on your next arts and crafts project

painting a portion of a tulip coloring sheet with a squeeze bottle of green puffy paint

looking down on a coloring page that says "spring time" with one tulip painted with homemade puffy paint and bottles of green, purple, blue and red puffy paint next to the coloring sheet

How Long Does Puffy Paint Take To Dry?

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.

a close up of a tulip painted with green and red puffy paint

Love how puffy this stuff is!

a close up of drops of red, purple, blue and green puffy paint next to bottles filled with puffy paint

Ready to create your own puffy paint pictures?

Click here to download our FREE Spring Coloring Pages!

You could have the kids create their own pictures, or try this out on black construction paper!

Happy painting!

blue purple red and green bottles of puffy paint

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