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Encourage Your Kids to Make Artwork: 3 Simple Instructions for DIY Puff Paints

We bet your kids like to draw and cook. Today we have for you something incredible that can satisfy them with both activities. Try puffy paint with shaving cream, self-raising flour, or salt to develop the child’s imagination!

Puffy Paint Ingredients

  • 3+ cups of foam shaving cream
  • 1 flour cup
  • 1 cup of glue
  • Food dyes or paint
  • Ziplock sandwich bags or squeeze bottles
  • Thick paper or board (cardboard, watercolor paper, or paper plates)

Foam Paint Instructions

Foam Paint Instructions


The order of adding ingredients is the most important thing in the foam paint recipe. Firstly blend the glue and shaving cream and whisk it until you get a thick cream. Then start pouring the flour little by little until you get the required texture.

If you’re worried about the mixture soiling your spoons, you can apply chopsticks or straws to stir the components together.


Divide the cream into the cups. Take as many cups as many colors you want to implement in your works. Add 5 to 10 drops of paint to each cup. Take notice, that when the drawing will dry colors will be much darker than in the mixture. In case if you need white paint, skip the adding dyes.


Put the foam paint into the squeeze bottles or sandwich bags. Using bags don’t forget to tape them and cut the corner at the bottom of the bag.


Press the bag to squeeze the foam paint out. It is necessary to paint on thick paper like poster board, watercolor paper, or cardboard to prevent paint from soaking through thin paper.

Using DIY foam paint is comparable to decorating the cake! So don’t limit your kids’ imagination with the shapes! Mix different colors, compose wavy lines, points, and patterns. Create double-doodle art by squeezing two bottles simultaneously. Write names and quotes. Encourage your children to draw family or animals. Make postcards for the holiday!

The best part is that if you don’t like your painting, just clean it out with paper tissue or a piece of cotton – if you wipe it very quickly, it won’t even leave any smudge after!

If your child too young to handle squeezing bottles, you can provide them with paintbrushes.


You will see that painting become even puffier than before. But it will keep such form if you won’t touch it. Set your drawings aside for drying overnight.

DIY Puffy Paint without Shaving Cream

DIY Puffy Paint without Shaving Cream
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking soda or self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Water
  • Food dyes (gel or liquid)
  • Squeeze bottle or ziplock sandwich bags
  • Thick paper

Instructions of this paint repeat all the steps of the previous recipe, except the combining ingredients.

Start by blending the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then slowly pour the water into the mixture. The mixture consistency has to be like pancake dough. Then do the same thing by putting the mixture into the packs. When children finish their works, place drawings into the microwave for 30 seconds or let them dry for 24 hours.

Puffy Paint with Salt Instructions

More recipes — more creativity for your kids. Another puffy paint method includes adding salt. Salt crystals give the dried paintings a shiny gloss.

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • Acrylic or tempera paint or food coloring
  • Sandwich bags or squeeze bottle
  • Cardboard or heavy paper

Combine salt, water, and flour. Separate the mixture and add the coloring. Some crafters on the internet suggest pouring less water and make it last. In that case, the paint texture must look like frosting.

Put paint into the bottles or bags and let your children create a piece of artwork!

Making Diy Puff Paints Drying Faster

How long does puffy paint take to dry? Allowing such drawings to dry overnight or for the whole day would be enough for completely evaporating moisture from the paint. Salty ones may take more time: from one to three days. Owning a microwave could make your paintings dry faster, but if you don’t have one, time is the only thing you have. Or not? There are some hints on how to make foam paint dry in the short term.

Set created designs an open window or another place with straight sunlight. It will help to accelerate the process of drying. You can put drawings in the open air in case there is no strong wind outside.

Apply the hairdryer, but set it at the lowest temperature. Don’t warm foam paints too much, because they can lose their puffy appearance and will look smaller. Keep the hairdryer at 6 inches from the drawings and dry tenderly by slow-moving. If paintings will start deflating, stop using the hairdryer or increase the distance between it and paper.

A linen closet would be another great option. Good warm and closen space lets dry puff paints in a short space of time. Lay paper on something to prevent paint smudges on the clothes. Drying in a linen closet usually takes about three hours.

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