There are a lot of recipes out there for puffy paint that require a microwave, but I managed to find one from the Artful Parent that doesn’t require a microwave at all. We decided to try it out for our puffy paint cards for Mothering Sunday.

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For your puffy paint cards you will need:

  • 3 cups of shaving foam
  • 1 cup PVA glue
  • 1 cup flour
  • Food colouring
  • Stiff paper
  • Zip lock bags
  • Scissors

Combine the shaving foam, PVA glue and flour. Mix together, but don’t over mix it as you need the air bubbles to stay inside.

Looks slightly like concrete.

Looks slightly like concrete.

Divide your mixture into different bowls and add the colouring. Once it is all mixed, then spoon it into some zip lock bags, seal and then cut the corner off so that you can use it as a piping bag.


Let your little ones create their master pieces and then leave to dry over night.

EC making a picture of a flower with a butterfly. He added a hose pipe with water coming out later!

EC making a picture of a flower with a butterfly. He added a hose pipe with water coming out later!

YC and EC loved everything about this craft, from the making it together (and pretending it was ice cream), to realising that we were going to use the zip lock bags to pipe it out like icing, to making cool pictures with it. They said it was one of the coolest crafts that they have done and definitely want to do it again soon.

If you enjoyed making these puffy paint cards be sure to check out my tissue paper flowers and hama bead coasters.

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How to make puffy paint cards without using a microwave to puff it up.

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Nanny Anita
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Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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