Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial for Valentines Day

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A simple heart puffy paint tutorial for Valentines Day for you and your children this Valentine’s Day…

Who doesn’t love a good craft idea for children? Our oldest son is thriving with his Occupational Therapy appointments! Before starting Occupational Therapy he would be squeamish touching sticky surfaces.

His therapist is having him dig in moon sand to find hidden little toys using his hands and not a shovel. He recently did a Halloween Puffy Paint craft at the office using his hands.

I was honestly astonished.

He still has his moments with wet and sticky surfaces but he has come a long, long way. I’m so thankful I listened to my mom gut and sought out answers.

Since these sensory crafts are fun and helpful I wanted to start incorporating them in our lives.

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What You’ll Need for Valentines Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial

TIP – You can get the shaving cream, white glue, and condiment bottle for under $10! I went today and grabbed 3 cans of shaving cream, 4 white glue, and 1 thing of condiment bottles… for guess what? $8.53!

I used a mixing bowl that we don’t usually use for cooking but the puffy paint washes off very easily!

Now the Fun Part, Making Puffy Paint!

Step 01 // Combine the Glue and Shaving Cream to Make Puffy Paint

I combined the glue and shaving cream together in the large mixing bowl. I tried two different recipes and I honestly like the second one better. The second recipe was more ‘fluffier’.

Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial for Valentines Day

Step 02 // Separate into Smaller Bowls

Now separate the mixture into separate bowls so you can have multiple colors of puffy paint. I chose pinks because we are celebrating Valentines Day.

TIP – If you don’t want to make a mess, I recommending pouring the mixture in the condiment bottle with the help of a funnel.

Step 03 // Add Food Coloring

For the light pink color I used 3 drops of red, and for the darker pink I used 6 – 7 drops of red. You can also play around with blue and red to make a pretty purple! Who says Valentines Day is only red and pink?

Before digging into the fun puffy paint, I recommend using that large sheet of white paper to cover your table top. You can draw a bunch of hearts for your toddler to paint on.

Step 04 // Download Your Free Printable (optional)

I made a couple printables for you and your family. Nothing too fancy, the first PDF has a large heart… and the second PDF has the phrase “Happy Valentine’s Day” in big bubble letters!

Step 05 // Have Fun and Get Dirty with Puffy Paint!

Our little guy wasn’t having the puffy paint, it’s one of the things his Occupational Therapist is working on with him. JJ however, dug his hands in the bowls and started to paint the hearts.

I’m honestly proud of how easy this is coming for him, he was having a rough time with sticky and wet textures. However, with the help with his Occupational Therapist he is overcoming it!

Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial

Heart Puffy Paint Tutorial

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

A fun and inexpensive sensory craft for toddlers.


  • 3 Cups Shaving Cream
  • 1 Cup White Glue
  • Condiment Bottle (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Small Bowls


  1. In a large mixing bowl mix the glue and shaving cream together.
  2. Separate into two smaller bowls (or condiment bottle) and add your colors.
  3. 3 drops of red for light pink, and 6 - 7 drops of red for dark pink.
  4. Draw a heart on a piece of paper OR use my freebie heart printable.
  5. Let your kids color with their fingers or condiment bottle.

My Final Thoughts

I’ve tried a couple recipes, like I mentioned above, and really enjoyed the second one. I tried combining equal amounts of the shaving cream and glue and the texture was off. It wasn’t like the Ghost Puffy Paint texture from last Halloween.

If you’re in the park for some puffy paint recipe I recommend doing the second one – the one I am sharing with you today.

What are your favorite sensory crafts? Favorite sensory bins?

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