{Simple} Homemade 3D Puffy Paint & Project Ideas

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If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, you may have seen my WRAL: Go Ask Mom guest post about making your own 3D Puffy paint for arts and crafts projects yesterday.  This homemade paint is super simple to make and you probably already have the supplies on hand to try it out!

WRAL Go Ask Mom blog post link
For full directions, click here to read my post:

In addition to how to make this fun sensory paint, I also wanted to share with you a few examples of easy paper craft projects we’ve done using this 3D paint!

Our first puffy paint project was done this past February.  We made snowmen.  For this craft, we painted directly on card stock.  We did this as a two day project.  Here are the directions: Day One post, Day Two post.

Using puffy paint to make creative snowmen this past winter
More recently we made mustard seed trees after reading the mustard seed parable, though you could easily adapt this to whatever particular kind of tree you wanted to make.  

I printed a tree form on printer paper and the kids glued it to a thin piece of card board.  They painted the trees and then I cut them out when they were dry.  We used regular paint for the tree trunk, dried it with a hair dryer really quickly, and then painted the tree tops using our homemade puffy paint!  Because a large portion of the puffy paint is actually glue, we were able to sprinkle the mustard seeds onto the wet paint and very gently press them in and they stayed perfectly!
Photos of our mustard seed trees we painted
Bible Parable of the mustard seed arts and crafts project for kids
These have been my favorite puffy paint project so far!  
They really look very “tree-like” in person!

We also made pumpkins this Fall.  Again I printed a pumpkin form on printer paper and glued it to thin card board.  To find templates online, I typically Google something like “free pumpkin coloring sheet” and click on Images.  The kids colored the leaves and stem with crayons and then painted the pumpkin with our puffy paint.  Once dry, I cut the pumpkins out for them.  Note: I used more shaving cream than glue in this particular mix and it didn’t dry as puffy as normal, so be sure to use roughly a 50-50 mix!

boy with a pumpkin he painted

Pumpkin painting project for Autumn / Fall
Do you have a favorite 
“go-to” paint recipe?

puffy paint recipe for preschool kids parents and teachers

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • We’ve played with homemade puff paint before, but used a different recipe (without shaving cream), and I wasn’t impressed with the results. I’m definitely going to try it again with your recipe!
    BTW – I just started following your blog and didn’t realize that you are local and used to work in Wake County schools. I am also a former reading teacher for the WCPSS and I live in Wake Forest! :o)

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