3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint

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DIY Foam Paint

DIY Foam Paint

3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint – It’s that time of year again. The kids are officially out of school and on summer holidays. Unfortunately our kids were off school 2 weeks early due to a teacher’s strike so I had to be proactive in creating some new summer activities early.  I had a couple of Noelle’s friends over the other day and we were looking for something to do so I decided foam painting may be fun – we’ve never tried that before. I looked up some recipes online and found that I had all the ingredients I need to create this fun concoction.

Making foam paint is as easy as it gets. You’ve got your shaving cream, your craft/school glue and your food coloring – that’s it!

Mix equal parts shaving cream and glue into a ziplock bag, add your desired food coloring and then, with the bag sealed, squish the bag together until all your ingredients are nicely mixed together. Have your little artists create a layout for their design on a semi-rigid material (I used large white cardboard envelopes) and when they’re ready for the foam simply cut off a corner at the bottom of the bag and use like you’re piping icing. Once the art has been completed, set aside so the foam can dry and solidify overnight.

3 ingredient DIY Foam Paint3 ingredient DIY Foam Paint

3 ingredient DIY Foam Paint


43 Comments on 3 Ingredient DIY Foam Paint

  1. Charles Turnbaugh
    July 9, 2014 at 10:10 AM (7 years ago)

    First of all, thank you for all of the creative projects. Your ideas, among others, kept my hands busy throughout this past winter. But I feel compelled to make comment about how so many of your good
    ideas come as a result of keeping the kids interested and busy.

    • Jamey
      January 19, 2016 at 12:04 PM (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much Charles, how sweet of you to give such lovely comment. Compliments are always valued and appreciated.
      ~ Jamey

  2. Gail Lemon
    July 12, 2014 at 10:43 AM (7 years ago)

    Great activity for failed summer camp.

  3. Danielle
    July 19, 2014 at 2:15 AM (7 years ago)

    Lovely, so easy! Thanks for sharing 😀

    • Janelle
      October 26, 2020 at 7:39 PM (10 months ago)

      i love it my child was soooo fascinated

  4. Iraida Santos
    July 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM (7 years ago)

    love crafts and also recipes, lots of ideals for kids

  5. Kim Huse
    August 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM (7 years ago)

    Hi! I was wondering just how durable this is when its dry?

    • Anonymous
      August 2, 2020 at 10:36 PM (1 year ago)


      • david
        March 25, 2021 at 3:38 PM (5 months ago)


  6. Lyndsy
    August 8, 2014 at 6:36 AM (7 years ago)

    How do you determine equal parts glue and shaving cream? Weight? The amount that fits in a cup?
    Does it stay poofy when it dries?

    • Jamey
      March 11, 2015 at 8:43 AM (6 years ago)

      Hi Lyndsy. Great question. I used volume for mine and it still worked although weight probably makes for sense logically. Yes, it stays poofy when it dries and smells just like shaving cream.
      ~ Jamey

      • Yala Benitez
        September 27, 2019 at 5:04 PM (2 years ago)

        Thanks. Looks fun.
        How long can unused portion last?

    • Kendall Ford
      May 17, 2020 at 4:54 PM (1 year ago)

      No I have done it befor it flattens and loses color

  7. brandi
    August 8, 2014 at 8:55 PM (7 years ago)

    This is cool! Please add me to your mailing list. Thx

    • Jamey
      March 11, 2015 at 8:41 AM (6 years ago)

      Brandi… I just added you. Thanks.
      ~ Jamey

  8. happy hunter
    November 2, 2014 at 10:49 PM (7 years ago)

    It’s a nice DIY … thank you

  9. Rachelle
    January 18, 2015 at 1:53 AM (7 years ago)

    Looooove! Thanks. How sticky/messy is this on little hands and clothes?

  10. Dominika
    January 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM (7 years ago)

    Wow it’s great idea for the kids. Thanks for an inspiration:D regards

  11. Karen Hannah
    February 20, 2015 at 12:54 PM (6 years ago)

    Jamey this looks like great fun, I stumbled across it on Pinterest (I think? You know what it’s like when you click on a hundred things!) Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. pushpa
    June 4, 2015 at 1:37 AM (6 years ago)

    wow…thank you for sharing…simple and ceative…

  13. Mabe
    May 31, 2016 at 3:19 PM (5 years ago)

    How long does it last once you make it?
    can I do it the save it if I keep it in the zip lock bags sealed?
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful project!

    • Anonymous
      June 22, 2020 at 12:45 PM (1 year ago)

      1 min

  14. Amanda Hutzel
    August 4, 2016 at 10:32 AM (5 years ago)

    Love making little things for .y kids

  15. Christine
    August 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM (5 years ago)

    We started with about 1/2 glue to 1 part shaving cream and had good results, too. This was a great way to spend an hour and a half after nap today! My son thanked me and told me it was awesome before heading outside to play with his cars. Thanks!

  16. Nicci
    November 22, 2016 at 12:48 PM (5 years ago)

    What kind of food color did you use? Also, how much puffy paint did this recipe make?

  17. Tonisha Bomberry
    March 4, 2017 at 10:17 AM (4 years ago)

    I just saw your DIY 3 ingredient foam paint and I think this is a great idea. I babysit 3 children and I was wondering if this stains the hands? Because the kids I watch love to make a mess and I would like to make sure I’m not staining the kids before their mom comes home. Thanks

    • Jessica
      May 9, 2020 at 9:18 AM (1 year ago)

      No, it didn’t for us and we used cheap food dye. Noeon us the best probably.

  18. meatra
    November 9, 2017 at 6:33 PM (4 years ago)

    is it messy?

  19. Lee
    May 25, 2018 at 4:19 PM (3 years ago)

    Could this be used for gnome houses? Roof would be 3 inches all around? Or should we think of something else? Does is shrivel up while drying??

  20. Layla
    June 23, 2018 at 2:18 AM (3 years ago)

    OMG THIS IS SO GOOD!,great idea for kids…………Thx

  21. Laura
    September 18, 2018 at 9:08 AM (3 years ago)

    Can paint be used in place of food colouring

  22. Aabama
    February 21, 2019 at 9:56 AM (2 years ago)

    Looks like so much fun! 🙂

  23. Lyuda
    March 27, 2019 at 7:51 AM (2 years ago)

    Do you use just good ole fashioned Elmer’s white glue?

  24. Anonymous
    May 8, 2019 at 8:34 AM (2 years ago)

    what materials are needed

  25. Anonymous
    December 5, 2019 at 9:56 AM (2 years ago)

    This looks awesome me and my brothers will love doing this!????????????

  26. paint by numbers
    March 26, 2020 at 4:02 AM (1 year ago)

    Can you make my older self new again with some spray paint? I’d really appreciate it. Wait! That would make 10 things. I’d be a 10! Watch out Bo Derek (totally not a 10 in my book). Love all your ideas!

  27. Sally
    April 13, 2020 at 5:26 AM (1 year ago)

    What do you need for it

  28. james
    April 17, 2020 at 6:12 AM (1 year ago)

    OMG it is so…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiibbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbblllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  29. sasuke
    June 3, 2020 at 6:55 AM (1 year ago)

    everything was coming up millhouse… until my bag exploded. does that normally happen?

  30. Anonymous
    June 7, 2020 at 1:05 PM (1 year ago)


  31. Gracie Hall
    June 11, 2020 at 5:48 AM (1 year ago)

    I haven’t done thus yet but it seem good but I only have red food dye so I might just have to do a heart do you have any red things I could draw but overall the level of fun is amazing I would never be bored again because right now I am isolating and this is such a great thing to do

    July 24, 2020 at 2:30 AM (1 year ago)

    I am thinking of using this to make a present for a friend but I need to know:

    Hhow long does it take to dry?


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