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Squeeze Play: DIY Puff Paint That Grows Overnight

Boy grinning as he makes artwork

The wonder of this art project is in the material: fluffy puffy paint you make yourself. Kids love working with 3-D “paint,” which gives them a wonderful new texture to create with.  (Plus, you can save plenty of money by making your own.)

Make a few colors, spoon them into Ziploc® bags, and let the squeeze play begin!


  • Craft glue
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring


  1. Mix equal parts shaving cream and craft glue (the amount depends on how many colors you want to make).
  2. The mixture will be marvelously thick and goopy. Mix in a Ziploc freezer bag and then cut a corner off to use as a piping bag.

Closeup of squeezing goop

  1. Show your kids how to squeeze the paint out of the bags. (Warning: Kids loooove squeezing out the paint, so this part can be messy. You may wish to protect surfaces with newspaper or do this project outside!)
  2. We had our children create the sky, thinking about how the sun and clouds make them feel—but let children create whatever they wish. Dots, designs, squiggles or even snowmen are all fine!
  3. After your child has piped out her pictures, leave them overnight to dry. The puff paint will grow slightly and harden as it dries! Ask your child questions about the transformation: What happened to the paint? Why do you think it dried? Did it get puffier? Which texture do you like better?
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