How to Make a Puffy Paint Valentine's Day Card

Whip up a batch of DIY puffy paint with the kids.

I can still remember the appeal of playing with puffy paint when I was a young crafter. It was a novelty product in our house reserved for special crafternoons and play dates. Discovering that I could make my own puffy paint was equally momentous because such a simple and inexpensive recipe creates an amazing volume of paint. This homemade recipe for puffy paint pipes out of a plastic bag so smoothly that you’ll feel like you’re frosting a cake. It's fun for everyday artwork, but we whipped up a batch for handmade Valentine’s Day cards.

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint for DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Materials Needed:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 3 cups foamy shaving cream (not gel)
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • food coloring
  • measuring cups
  • spatula
  • mixing bowl
  • resealable plastic bags
  • scissors

Combine Flour and Shaving Cream

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint for DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Pour one cup of flour into a mixing bowl. Measure and add approximately three cups shaving cream (not shaving gel) to the bowl.

Add Glue

Add a 1/2 cup white school glue. Mix it together gently by folding the layers together with a spatula. Your paint may not be quite as fluffy if you over mix because you will have whipped some of the foam out of the shaving cream.

Add Color

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint for DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Separate the mixture into several bowls, one for each color. We left one bowl without dye and used different amounts of red gel food coloring to create several shades of pink. 

Place Mixture in Bag

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint for DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

Flip a plastic bag inside out, and scoop the fluffy paint into it. Reverse the bag and seal it tightly, removing air pockets. Snip a small hole in the corner of the bag for piping.

Make Valentine's Day Cards

Help the kids squeeze out patterns and letters onto card stock. Set the cards aside to cure undisturbed. The paint will remain raised and squishy to the touch as it dries. Once the paper is stiff under the cured puffy paint, trim out shapes with scissors.

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint

Making puffy paint for DIY Valentine's Day cards.

Photo by: Emily Fazio

Emily Fazio

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