I have been wanting to try homemade puffy paints, but I have seen a variety of results and haven’t loved the finished product. Therefore, I set out to find or create the best homemade puffy paint recipe. I tried a number of DIY puffy paint recipes on the web, but after being unsatisfied with the results I set out to create what I believe to be the best. I will teach you how to make puffy paint that really works.
Best Homemade Puffy Paint
I ended up making my own recipe that became my personal favorite. I’ll show you the results, and you can decide what you think.
Let me clarify that this IS NOT the recipe that you put in the microwave. If you want to see that recipe, I encourage you to click back to see our microwave puffy paint project. I posted that on my 25th day of blogging.
It’s interesting for me to look back and see how my kids and my blog have changed since then. This recipe dries in the air. You will want to use Plastic Squeeze Bottles (affiliate link added for your convenience) for this activity. You will find the puffy paint ingredients easy and affordable.
I am lucky to have little helpers in the kitchen to aid me in mixing up my concoctions. Kids love to mix and pour. I always encourage you to get your kids involved in every step of the process. I know too well that this can feel more chaotic. However, now having kids that can bake on their own is super encouraging.
Warning: If you raise kids to make things like inexpensive homemade DIY puffy paints, marbled paper made with shaving cream and Borax-free gak, you might end up with highly creative kids that have big ideas all…the…time. Expect some beautiful chaos in your home.
I’m giving you the results first. Above you notice I tried four different recipes. Which one is your favorite? You get all of the recipes above, but I’ll type out my favorite – the pink color. The texture was nice and it puffed up just perfect for me.
Best Homemade Puffy Paints Materials Needed
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Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Make the Best Homemade Puffy Paints
- Mix all together until combined completely.
- Putting your puffy paints in a squeeze bottle works very well to help keep the puffy look. You can also use paint brushes for just a thicker consistency and texture.
Reader Tip: One woman (see comments below) said the order in which you add things is extremely important. Please mix in order listed. She suggested adding the shaving cream and glue and then adding flour a bit at a time until you get the consistency desire.
Reader Tip: A suggestion on getting the stuff into the containers: Spoon it in a Quart size zip lock and close. Then cut a small hole on the corner of the zip lock then squeeze the stuff into the containers. You can also use the zip locks as your tool to squeeze paint if you do not have a squeeze bottle. Just cut the hole in the corner very small.
* Update: I had a few comments that this recipe was too thick for people. I wanted to try it again to see what was going wrong. I tried it again, and it worked for me. Here are the details. I used: Barbasol Thick and Rich shaving cream, all purpose flour and Elmer’s glue. The picture above is of when I tried it again. I did the test, so it wasn’t originally kids trying to squeeze the bottle. When my kids tried it a bit later, it was a little difficult for them to squeeze, something I didn’t experience the first time I tried. I’m wondering if weather plays a part in how this responds. I rectified this by adding water, 1 Tbsp total for me, and that made it very easy for my child to manipulate. However, the watered down one didn’t dry as firm if this is a keepsake. I hope this is helpful! As suggested above, by one of my readers, it’s probably good to add a bit of flour at a time until you have reached the desired consistency.
I have shown you a close up of all the results so you can decide the consistency that works best for your project. Again, my favorite mixture was the pink mixture that I highlighted above.
We have a sweet friend we take care of once a week. She was able to join us for this project. I love having projects for the kids to do when they have friends over. Sometimes the kids are very self-entertaining, which is the fabulous part of having friends over to play. However, sometimes they seem to need a bit more direction, why it’s always good to have a few ideas up your sleeve.
I laid out my Dollar Store table cloth and the kids set to work.
The kids and I all did our own designs. Their results consisted of a lot of polka dots. It was interesting and controlled they were and purposeful. They were very abstract with their designs, but they were not just squeezing it out with all their might like I sometimes see them do with toothpaste.
When Abby came home from school, she created her own design.
She had a different approach to the whole thing. She kept some of her painting puffy and wanted to take Q-Tips to some of the paint to bring on a different look.
Here are Abby’s results. It’s pretty clear that there were some puffy paint recipes that worked better than others.
I had to get in on the fun to create my own artwork. This owl would do the trick, and it also really clearly shows why I liked the result of the pink DIY puffy paint the best.