How to Make Puffy Paint: Easy Recipe for Kids

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Making puffy paint is insanely easy with this simple puffy paint recipe 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!

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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!

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

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Puffy Paint Recipe FAQs

How long does it take to dry?

Puffy paint can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to fully dry depending on how thick your paint with it. The thinner the layer of paint the less time it will take to dry.

Does it stay puffy?

YES! Once dry the puffy paint will remain puffy and will be firm to touch. The puffiness does eventually and slowly go down over time.

Do I have to use shaving cream?

Yes, the shaving cream is what gives it the puffy appearance. If your child doesn’t like the smell of shaving cream, try to choose one that is unscented.

Do I have to use glue?

Yes, but you can use white school glue or clear glue. Both types of glue will work. If you don’t use glue it will just be shaving cream and it will not dry. It will messy (fun) but messy.

Can I make puffy paint ahead of time?

Like most paint, puffy paint will dry out if left out for longer than 30 mins. Make puffy paint immediately before and close to the time of usage.

Can I store already made puffy paint?

I have not tried to store it before. But you could potentially store puffy paint in squeeze bottle containers but you have to make sure they are air tight. If left in the air puffy paint will dry out.

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.

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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.

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Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Puffy Paint

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

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Supplies for Puffy Paint Recipe

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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

Toddler and Preschooler Curriculums, Books & TV Show!

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These toddler and preschool lesson plans and activities will definitely keep you and your toddler and preschooler busy playing and learning!

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Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

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  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

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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!

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.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 


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