How to Make DIY Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue
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Whipping up a batch of puffy paint is a great way to get your kids outside and let them be creative.

If you’ve made puffy paint before, you’ve probably used shaving cream and/or glue.

While that’s a perfectly respectable way to make it, this recipe doesn’t either of those ingredients. Instead, all you need is flour, water, and washable kids’ paint.

A science-y kind of warning about this paint:

Apparently mixing flour and water together creates a natural yeast, which could cause this puffy paint to slowly continue to expand.

So if you make a ton of this paint and store the leftovers in a full bottle, the pressure could cause the lid to pop off and the paint to overflow.

Which, actually, your kids might think is pretty cool. But you might not, depending on where you stored the bottle of paint.

If you’re the adventurous type, you could make this into a family experiment. Fill a couple bottles with different amounts of leftover paint, mark where the paint comes to in the bottle, and see what happens to them overnight. Just make sure you put down newspapers or keep the bottle somewhere that it doesn’t matter if you wake up to a point explosion.

Also, a couple thoughts about spooning the paint mixture into the squeeze bottles:

  1. If you have a funnel, I highly suggest that you use it. It will make the transfer a lot easier and less messy.
  2. If you don’t have squeeze bottles, you can create a makeshift one by could spooning the paint mixture into a quart-sized ziploc bag and snipping off the corner.

 

 

Puffy Pain Ingredients

Supplies for DIY puffy paint

 

Puffy Paint Directions

  1. Put 1 cup of flour in a large mixing bowl.

    Add flour to bowl

  2.  

  3. Pour in 1 cup of water.
  4. Pouring water into flour

     

  5. Mix very well with the whisk to get rid of any clumps.

    Whisk flour and water together

  6.  

  7. Use a disposable spoon to add 2-3 spoonfuls of kids paint to the flour and water mixture.

    Get spoonful of paint

  8.  

  9. Again, stir well with the whisk.

    Putting paint in flour mixture 2

    Whisking paint into flour mixture

     

    Green paint completely mixed in

  10.  

  11. Pour the mixture into the clear plastic squirt bottle, using a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl.

    (If you’re as messy as I am, you’ll want to use a funnel for this!)

    Pouring green paint into plastic squirt bottle

  12.  

  13. Repeat steps 1-3 with a different color …

    Spooning red paint into flour mixture

  14.  

  15. … until you have 4 or 5 bottles of paint.

    Tall four bottles of paint

 

Now it’s time to get outside and decorate your driveway or sidewalk!

We made a green dinosaur with yellow spots. We started by making the outline, then filling it in with green zig-zags.

Green outline of dinosaur

 

Closeup dino leg or tail

 

Then we added some spots ….

Close up yellow dots

 

… and gave him (her?) a face.

Closeup dino face

 

Completed dinosaur with DIY puffy paint

 

 

Completed dinosaur with puffy paint

DIY Puffy Paint

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Materials

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • Washable Kids Paint

Tools

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Silicone Spatula
  • Disposable spoons
  • Clear plastic squirt bottles with lids
  • Funnel (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add 1 cup of all purpose flour to the large mixing bowl.
  2. Pour in 1 cup of water.
  3. Mix very well with the whisk to get rid of any clumps.
  4. Use a disposable spoon to add 2-3 spoonfuls of kids paint to the flour and water mixture.
  5. Again, stir well with the whisk.
  6. Pour the mixture into the clear plastic squirt bottle, using a spatula. (A funnel can make this easier and less messy.)
  7. Repeat with a different color until you have 4-5 bottles of puffy paint.
  8. Have fun decorating your driveway or sidewalk!

Notes

This paint does not keep well, so try to make the amount you need for one day.

The flour to water ratio is 1:1, so it's easy to adjust for your needs.

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