How to make DIY puffy paint for kids who are actually puffy! This recipe is easy to make, and it’s fun! Updated by our Associate Editor, Andrea Martelle

Updated May 2022

We’ve made our own fluffy paint many times over the years.

Except, what we call fluffy paint isn’t actually fluffy at all, either before or after it dries. It’s made with flour and salt and dries hard as a rock. It raises, yes. It’s a lot of fun to make and create. But puffy is probably the wrong word.

We also tried the miracle of microwave puffy paint, and lo and behold, it actually puffs up. It expands and stays fluffy to the touch right before your eyes.

So, here’s a new DIY puffy paint recipe. One that is extra puffy and doesn’t require a microwave.

Here’s a video showing Puffy Paint in action! And don’t forget to scroll down for the recipe!

But it’s not always easy to make, especially if you don’t have a microwave.

DIY Puffy Paint for Kids


  • 3+ cups of shaving cream (foam not gel)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup white glue
  • Food coloring or paint
  • Ziploc-style sandwich bags
  • Sturdy paper or board (poster board, tag board, cardboard, watercolor paper, or paper plates)


  1. Measure out your ingredients.Add all the ingredients, except for any coloring, into a large mixing bowl.

2 Mix your ingredients.

Combine the shaving cream, flour and glue together without over mixing. (You want to keep the air bubbles in the shaving cream.)

3 Divide your mixture and add color.

Pour the white puffy paint mixture between 3 to 4 small bowls and add a few squirts of food coloring or paint to each bowl, stirring in, but again being careful not to over mix.

4 Spoon the puffy paint into sandwich bags.

Seal each bag (add duct tape as well to help keep it closed if your kids are extra vigorous squeezers), then cut a small corner off.

5 Paint with your new puffy paint!

Squeeze the foam paint through the small hole onto your paper or board, making puffy lines, dots, and designs as desired.

6 Let your painting dry overnight.

You’ll notice the foam paint gets even puffier as it dries and sets.

This project is fun and relatively easy for preschoolers. We definitely think you should give it a try!