How To Make Puffy Paint: The Ultimate Guide

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to spruce up your home, consider making your own puffy paint. Puffy paint is made by combining water and cornstarch, and can be used to create a variety of designs on any surface. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make puffy paint using simple ingredients and step-by-step instructions. We’ll also provide tips on how to use puffy paint to create interesting and unique designs that will make your home look amazing! So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced painter, this blog post is sure to inspire you to give puffy paint a try.

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 - This was such a fun and EASY craft for the kids to do! They loved the texture and had so much fun mixing everything together!

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:

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.

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Pour a generous amount of the white glue into a small bowl or container.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

Homemade Puffy Paint

You’ll need to add a generous amount of puffy paint to your paper. Isn’t it cool how textured it is?

Puffy Paint Recipe


And then when it dried, the colours were way darker.

Homemade Puffy Paint Rainbow

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!

Homemade Puffy Paint Balloons

After we finished the rainbows, we painted a bunch of balloons.

Homemade Puffy Paint Texture

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.

This puffy paint recipe was such a fun and EASY craft for the kids to do! They loved the texture and had so much fun mixing everything together!


When it dried, it had the coolest spongy texture.

This puffy paint recipe was such a fun and EASY craft for the kids to do! They loved the texture and had so much fun mixing everything together!

This is what it looked like a couple hours later.  Still lots of depth!

This puffy paint recipe was such a fun and EASY craft for the kids to do! They loved the texture and had so much fun mixing everything together!

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!

Kids playing with DIY puffy paint

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!

If you’re looking for a fun and creative way to spruce up your home, consider using puffy paint. This paint is made from a mixture of air and water, which makes it highly absorbent and customizable. By using puffy paint, you can create a variety of textures and effects that are sure to add a touch of personality to your space. In addition, puffy paint is easy to apply and doesn’t require any special skills or preparation – making it the perfect option for beginners. If you’re interested in learning more about puffy paint, be sure to let us know in the comments section. We hope you enjoy the article!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of puffy paint?

When squirted out of the container, puffy paint resembles acrylic craft paint, but as it dries, it expands and puffs up, giving the painted lines a cloud-like appearance. Puffy paint bottles feature a narrow tip and are made to make fine lines, making it simple to write words and outline shapes.

What is puffy paint made from?

You can use homemade “puffy paint” to make enjoyable crafts for your children. To construct this puffy creation, all you need is some Elmer’s glue, shaving cream, and food coloring! The “recipe” for this paint is as easy to remember as mixing shaving cream and glue in equal proportions. For each, we typically use 1/4 cup.

What is puffy paint called?

Your textiles and crafts will have a long-lasting puffy effect thanks to Tulip Puffy Dimensional Fabric Paints. The non-toxic paints are made to adhere strongly to a variety of surfaces, including wood, glass, and cloth.

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