puffy paint

Three-dimensional paint is just more fun to make!

Three-dimensional paint is just more fun to make!

The world is your canvas with this DIY puffy paint. Not only is it fun and easy to make, but this petroleum-based puffy paint helps bring art to life through its incredible three-dimensional power. This isn’t just an arts and crafts project, folks. It’s pure alchemy. Here’s what’s going on, scientifically speaking: Shaving cream is a soap, but it’s unlike any other soap. The combination of compounds such as glycerin, lanolin, stearic acid and triethanolamine (say THAT three times fast!) make the foam of canned shaving cream extra creamy and dense. Move over sidewalk chalk…

In this experiment, we’re mixing shaving cream with glue and food coloring to create outdoor puffy paint that you can easily wash away!

Puffy Paint

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Dish soap
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing bowl
  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Shaving cream
  • Spatula or spoon
  • White glue
  • In a mixing bowl, combine half a cup of white glue with half a cup of shaving cream
  • Add one good squirt of dish soap
  • Whisk together, adding a few drops of food coloring
  • Pack the concoction into a plastic squeeze bottle
  • Shake it up!
  • Go outside and find a concrete canvas

Here’s what you do:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine half a cup of white glue with half a cup of shaving cream
  • Add one good squirt of dish soap
  • Whisk together, adding a few drops of food coloring
  • Pack the concoction into a plastic squeeze bottle
  • Shake it up!
  • Go outside and find a concrete canvas