How to Make Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint is insanely easy and is soo much fun to use to create beautiful crafts. It create a cool cloud like textured that dries puffy and only requires three common household ingredients!

how to make puffy paint

Crafting with Puffy Paint

It doesn’t get much easier to make paint than puffy paint but the artistic pay back you get in my opinion is massive! Puffy paint goes on puffy and light and dries pretty much the same way. Over time the puffiness decreases but that’s OK. The paint will be dry to touch and not messy and can still be easily stored or displayed. It still looks amazing because as it slowly deflates the colors get more vibrant!

how to make puffy paint

If you are looking for some fun puffy paint crafts to try, check out these fun ideas:

how to make puffy paint

And check out my short form crafting series Curious Crafting on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube! Watch all the episodes here.

Im excited to announce season 2 will be coming to a small screen near you in 2023.

How to Make Puffy Paint

  1. In a muffin tin, combine the white school glue, shaving cream and a few drops of food colouring.
  2. You can use a spoon to mix your puffy paint or you can use craft sticks. You will need a different spoon or stick for each color.
  1. Mix the ingredients throughly until completely combined. Don’t worry if the color is a little lighter than you would like, as the puffy paint dries the colour will get darker.
  2. I really like using muffin tins to make puffy paint as you can easily divide out all the ingredients into equal sized containers and mix different colors easily. It also makes painting with it easier for my kids.
  3. You can use a regular paint brush to paint with the puffy paint, although sometime I use the craft sticks.

What Type of Paper Should You Use with Puffy Paint?

You can use construction paper or white printer paper with puffy paint.

how to make puffy paint

How long does Puffy Paint Last?

Puffy paint resembles a cloud and it doesn’t last for ever. Once dry the paint will remain full for a day or so and then loose it thickness over time. Once dry it should feel dry to the touch.

How long do Puffy Paint Crafts Last?

Puffy paint dries puffy but solid. If you were to touch it, it would not come off. As the paint slowly decreases the craft will flatten slightly but the paint remains dry to touch. The color also remain vibrant. In fact the colour will darken a over time.

how to make puffy paint

Can you Make Puffy Paint Ahead of Time?

Since puffy paint deflated (much like shaving cream does) you should make your puffy paint immediately before using it. Use the paint within 30 minutes.

how to make puffy paint

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is high.

how to make puffy paint

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Puffy Paint

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

how to make puffy paint

Supplies for Puffy Paint

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  • 1/2 cup white school glue
  • 1/2 cup shaving cream (add a little more shaving creaming to increase the puffiness of the paint)
  • Muffin tin
  • Paint brush or craft sticks
  • Food colouring

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TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

This show is all about fun and easy crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. 

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

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Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

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