Perfect Puffy Paint

A while back I helped out at my son’s playschool and the theme for the week was “Night Sky”. I had so much fun researching and testing out activities and crafts to do with the kids.

I settled on two hands on crafts for the children, one being a galaxy playdough. It wasn’t just normal playdough, this one had gelatine cooked into it for a little extra stretch. (ill post the recipe up soon).The second activity was painting of the night sky using different mediums, with the focus being on the moon made with puffy paint.

Now, I’ve tried a number of different “Puffy Paint” recipes with my boys, including ones that you put into the microwave. This however, is far more superior than all the rest. The puffiness is incredible! It dries nice and hard and lasts indefinitely, so I thought I had to share!


After much testing I found the best one to be a recipe from “Meaningful Mama” , so a huge thank you to her for coming up with the perfect combination, well actually she gave a few, but this one was definitely my winner! You can see her original post here . Dependent on the type of art you want to do you can either place it into a Ziploc bag and snip of the corner, like a piping bag (do this for more refined lines or writing), or just paint directly with a paint brush. We chose the paintbrush route to give the moon “craters” and dips.


3 simple ingredients are all you need:

White art and craft glue

Shaving cream


Food colouring (optional)

Mix up ¾ cup shaving cream to ¼ cup white glue, then add a little flour at a time until you get your desired consistency (up to 1/4 cup) . If you chose to use food colouring I would probably add it into the shaving cream and glue to ensure it mixes correctly. We didn’t use any as I wanted the off white colour for the moon.

If you want a slightly runnier texture you can water it down slightly.

It takes about 2-3 hours to dry properly and once dry the puffy texture remains.


Happy Painting! I hope you have as much fun with this as I did!

I’d love to hear how what creations you made with it.

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