Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe

How to Make Shaving Cream Paint

Mother and son painting.
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Kim Rife explains how to create your own 'soft and squishy' paint that is not only fun to paint with but looks cool once it dries.

How to Make Shaving Cream Paint

  • Age Guideline: 2 Years and Up
  • Time Required: 15 minutes (Does not include drying time)

The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.

Materials Needed:

  • Shaving Cream
  • Elmer's White Glue
  • Food Coloring


To make a batch of puffy paint, simply mix equal parts of shaving cream and Elmer's glue. Add food coloring, a few drops at a time until you get the desired color. Apply the glue to heavy paper (Kim suggests shapes cut out of tag board) using a sponge brush. Let the painting dry.

I hope you enjoy this project. If you make a picture using this paint recipe, make sure you send in a photo so it can be posted here. 

Projects to make with puffy paint: 

  1. Window Clings: Add puffy paint to wax paper in small shapes and designs. Let the paint dry overnight and then you can peel off the puffy paint and it will stay in its shape. Place them on the window and they make super fun window decorations. These are great to do for holidays!
  2. Puffy Paint Shirts: Add puffy paint to t-shirts or sweatshirts in fun and cute designs. Let the paint dry overnight on the clothing, then it will be time to wear it in style. Be sure to hand wash only. 
  1. Puffy Paint Greeting Cards: Add a little puffy paint to a folded greeting card to add a cool 3D look. Kids will love to make different shapes and creations with puffy paint and then gift their cards to friends and loved ones.