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Make Your Own Puff Paint!

puff paint pictures

I am a braille transcriber and I use a lot of puff paint in the materials I make for various students.  In case you haven't tried it before, puff paint can be used to make raised lines or tactile drawings.  Different colors can be helpful to students with low vision.

It gets expensive, so I decided to make my own!  Here are the recipes I have tried.  Pink comes out best, but see what you think. You can leave out the food coloring if your student is totally blind and the color doesn't matter, although it can make the work more interesting for parents, classmates and others.


blue puff paint


1/2 cup shaving cream

1/4 cup white glue

1/8 cup corn starch


Yellowyellow puff paint

1/2 cup shaving cream

1/4 cup white glue



purple puff paintPurple

1/4 cup shaving cream

1/4 cup white glue


pink puff paintPink

3/4 cup shaving cream

1/4 cup white glue

1/4 cup flour


Let us know how yours comes out and what projects you use it for!




Puff Paint Collage



Quick questions about application and storage

Posted by Laurie Hudson

Applying Puff Paint

Posted by Charlotte Cushman

Posted on April 15, 2014
Updated on: May 27, 2021

Previous comments for Make Your Own Puff Paint!

Charlotte@Perkins commented on April 16, 2014

Good questions!  Putting your puff paints in a squeeze bottle works very well to help keep the puffy look. You can also use paint brushes for just a thicker consistency and texture.  Different consistencies work better for different projects, so it's worth trying each of the recipes.

A few other tips:

  • Paint will dry out within a day or two so either make a fresh batch or simply add a little water, shake and re-use.
  • If you don’t purchase clear squeeze bottles, don’t forget to add a label (use masking tape and pen) to the bottle so you know which color is inside each bottle.
  • Paint does not need to be refrigerated.
  • Use thick paper for painting since this paint is heavier than typical tempera paint.

Yes, you're right that it's a 1/4 cup of white glue in the blue and we have added that above.  Thanks for the correction!

Let us know what works for you.


Laurie Hudson commented on April 16, 2014

Very cool.  How do you apply this puffy paint?  (With a paint brush?  From a squeeze bottle?)  Once it dries, does it last as long as store-bought puffy paint?  Are you able to store it, in order to use it multiple times?  For the white glue in the blue, I'm assuming that you use 1/4 cup?