Puffy paint is one of the craft essentials and here is a “recipe” for some you can make with a couple materials around your house. This puffy paint is easy to use for your kids and doesn’t require a lot of effort to put together for any craft you might want to give a 3D look to.
Please note: This is demonstrated with a winter craft, but it can easily be made for any crafting project throughout the year. This is also something that cannot be made ahead of time and must be made when you want to use it.
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Step 1 Gather liquid glue and shaving cream. You can find both of these at the dollar store. The shaving cream doesn’t have to be high quality to make some great puffy paint.
Step 2 Mix about equal parts of shaving cream and glue together. Mix it together until it’s your desired consistency.
Step 3 (optional) Depending on the craft you’re adding your puffy paint to, you can add some food coloring or paint to change the color. Add white paint if you want it to be a true "white" color!
Step 4 Add the DIY puffy paint to the craft your child has put together using a paint brush. You can cut out a Santa hat and add the puffy paint to the white parts to represent the fur on Santa's hat!
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You can also create a snowman with this DIY puffy paint mixture. With the snowman, you will want to add in some white tempera paint to create a solid white color. You can also use other materials to complete your snowman such as buttons, small sticks, or even a pen cap for the nose! Whatever you have lying around the house can be used to complete your snowman.
Once it’s dry, you can use your puffy painted project for some sensory conversation. Ask your child to describe the difference in the non puffy paint area with the dried puffy paint. What do they notice? You can also have them make observations before you add the puffy paint and then compare it to how it looks after it’s dried on your craft.
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