Now that the girls are home for the summer, we’ve been on the hunt for fun and easy crafts to help fill the long summer days. And homemade puffy paint was such a fun experiment for us to try! To tell you the truth, I’m not sure we did it right? But it still ended up with the coolest texture! So in my opinion, this stuff is fool proof! Even if you don’t measure the exact amounts when you make it, you still end up with a really neat texture!
How to Make Puffy Paint
It’s super easy to make and the texture is so neat! I love that it’s just 3 simple ingredients:
- Shaving Cream
- White School Glue
- Food Colouring
Mix equal amounts of shaving cream and white glue until you have the texture you want.
I used Barbasol shaving cream from the dollar store, but I’m sure any type would work. And I bought a big bottle of generic white glue from Walmart.
Pour a generous amount of the white glue into a small bowl or container.
Add an equal amount of shaving cream to the bowl. Just guess with it. You can’t really mess it up. I think I added too much shaving cream, but it still turned out.
Add a few drops of food colouring to the mixture. Keep in mind, that as the puffy paint dries, the colour will get darker, so don’t be too worried if it looks too light at this point. I added about 10 to 15 drops of food colouring into each of our colours.
I really didn’t want this stuff on our kitchen spoons, so I used straws to stir them all up. A stir stick or popsicle stick would work well too.
Repeat the process for as many colours as you’d like. I’m not sure what I did differently to the pink puffy paint below, but it looks like it has a better texture compared to the others. I think it had more glue in it?
Since I wanted to make a rainbow, we made lots of colours and even made a bowl of plain white for the puffy clouds. As far as painted clouds go, you really can’t get a better cloud texture than this!
You’ll need to add a generous amount of puffy paint to your paper. Isn’t it cool how textured it is?
And then when it dried, the colours were way darker.
After it dried, the girls kept wanting to poke it with their fingers to feel the texture. None of us could resist the cool foaminess!
After we finished the rainbows, we painted a bunch of balloons.
I started by drawing the strings with black pen, and then generously dolloped a big circle of paint on the end of each string to make the balloons.
When it dried, it had the coolest spongy texture.
This is what it looked like a couple hours later. Still lots of depth!
My girls loved it. They loved mixing all the colours and experimenting with how it looked on different colours of construction paper. The effect was pretty cool on black paper!
I’m definitely going to try adding more glue the next time I make this paint. I’m really curious to see how it changes the texture!
Seriously though, aren’t those clouds amazing?! This homemade puffy paint was such a fun and EASY craft for the kids to do! They loved the texture and had so much fun mixing everything together! With three simple ingredients, you can keep the kids entertained for hours!