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How to Make Puffy Paint

Your kids will love learning how to make puffy paint with this incredibly easy step-by-step tutorial.

By: Ashley Jones, Editor,
How to Make Puffy Paint
How to Make Puffy Paint

If you or your kids are always looking for the next big trend in crafting, then you're in luck! Puffy paint is one free kids' craft that is definitely trending among parents and teachers alike. And it's pretty easy to understand why. This art project idea for kids is super fun and brightly-colored, and kids can literally create almost anything out of this budget-friendly craft. Simply follow this ridiculously easy DIY puffy paint tutorial that your kids are sure to love.
This fantastic tutorial lets your kids create puffy paint with only a few ingredients that you probably already have at home, saving you a trip to the store. This painting craft for kids includes a fool-proof recipe for how to make puffy paint, that's so simple that even the smallest of kids can join in on the creative fun. Be sure to check out our list below the instructions for some awesome puffy paint projects for kids, from room decor to how to decorate headphones. Your kids will love being able to whip up a batch of puffy paint in no time at all with this ultimate craft for kids.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft



Age GroupToddlers, Preschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • 3/4 cup shaving cream
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup glue
  • Food coloring in your kids' favorite colors
  • Plastic bags or squeeze bottles
  • Paper

Creating Your Puffy Paint

You won't believe how fast and easy this summer craft for kids truly is! Follow our easy steps and watch as your kids create their puffy paint masterpieces.


  1. Combine shaving cream, flour, glue, and food coloring in a bowl. If your kids want to experiment with several colors, you'll probably want to use multiple containers to hold their mixtures.

  2. Mix your ingredients until well blended. If your mixture is super thick, you can add a very small amount of water to thin your puffy paint.

  3. Pour your mixture into squeeze bottles. If you don't have any squeeze bottles handy, you can place your puffy paint into a plastic bag and cut a small hole in one corner, similar to an icing bag. Kids can also use paint brushes for thicker lines, although squeeze bottles help to keep the puffy paint look.

  4. Have fun painting! Watch as your kids create all kinds of fantastic designs with their homemade puffy paint. Make sure to let their puffy paint dry thoroughly before displaying their artwork.

  5. Tips:
    * For a mess-free set-up, lay out newspaper or wax paper underneath your paint station. That way cleanup is a breeze!
    *This free kids' craft is great for all ages, but is especially great for pre-k and kindergarten kids and is a fantastic fine motor skill activity.
    *Try experimenting with various amounts of glue or shaving cream for tons of different paint textures.

Be Sure To Check Out These Awesome Puffy Paint Projects!

  1. Puffy Paint Watermelon Craft - PERFECT FOR SUMMER!

  2. How to Decorate Headphones - GREAT FOR TWEENS!

What do your kids love making with puffy paint? Let us know below in the comments.

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