Easy Art Projects: Puffy Cloud Paintings

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Beckett came home from day care last week with the coolest white puffy substance on construction paper that I had ever seen. It was soft. We couldn’t stop touching it. When I asked Beckett what he had used to make it, he said “a cloud.”

I went on a mad search around Pinterest, thinking it had to be cornstarch-based. I found some cool techniques, but nothing that looked like what he brought home.

I finally remembered to ask his teacher what it was, and I never would have guessed.

Shaving cream + glue.

Are you guys as amazed as I am with the number of DIY recipes floating around to make cool play/art substances?

Here’s what we did: 

1. I cut out cloud stencils.

Easy Art Projects: Puffy Cloud Paintings • Artchoo.com


2. We gleefully mixed up the goo in disposable bowls, and dabbed it with cotton balls (and fingers) onto blue card stock paper over the cloud stencils.

Easy Art Projects: Puffy Cloud Paintings


3. We squished it, smeared it, dripped it, and blobbed it. Oh my.

Easy Art Projects: Puffy Cloud Paintings


4. Free-hand clouds were made.

Easy Art Projects: Puffy Cloud Paintings


5. It didn’t take all that long to dry- set it aside for a few hours or more, depending on how thick your clouds are.


Here’s the ‘recipe’:

3 parts shaving cream, 1 part glue. We eyeballed it- it’s pretty forgiving stuff.

Here are my other ideas for this stuff: Snow paintings. Snowman. Snowballs. (We’ll be making this again in the winter.)


Check out lots of other DIY art materials and projects on my DIY Art Materials Pinterest board. We have yet to make even 1/3 of these recipes…

Also please check out the awesome Zero to Two: The Book of Play. It’s a fantastic resource for parents of babies to 2 year olds, with tons of activity ideas all in one place!
Zero to Two- the book of play  (25 activities for your wee ones)




    • 06/08/2013 / 8:41 am

      Thanks Corey! It’s a messy, goopy project with fun results!

  1. 06/07/2013 / 5:40 pm

    I love it! We are so doing this on our next rainy day…. rain clouds!

    • 06/08/2013 / 8:40 am

      Yes! Maybe you could add in a little bit of grey paint to make them ominous-looking.

  2. 06/09/2013 / 8:18 pm

    I’ll bet you didn’t need the templates. If you would have given them pictures of clouds to look at and some cotton balls they could have made great clouds without templates

    • 06/10/2013 / 12:02 pm

      You are so right! They had a blast without the templates as well- it made for more freeform clouds.

  3. 06/11/2013 / 9:18 am

    oh yes! shaving cream and glue is fantastic! i also used to do a project with this onto paper plates. then i would hand the children eye droppers and liquid watercolor and they would create moons or planets! fun stuff! i just found yer blog via pinterest and am so excited!

    • 07/13/2013 / 8:40 pm

      Look at me answering your comment a month later…. I love the idea of making moons and planets with this stuff!

  4. christa bradford
    07/13/2013 / 2:37 pm

    Would these clouds stay up if I used them on a blue sky ceiling or would they drip? Our grandchildren would have so much fun decorating the play room ceiling! Do you think I could use some blue posterboard and tack it up after they get tired of painting clouds?

    • 07/13/2013 / 8:50 pm

      Do you mean if you actually used this substance on a ceiling? I have a feeling it would stay, since it was very thick- what a cool idea! This would look so neat on a ceiling. If you tack up the blue poster board, I can see it bowing in the middle- gravity will make it not stay flat.

  5. 07/16/2013 / 9:39 pm

    shaving cream…you’re right, i would never have guessed. i’m still amazed. these are really cute btw.

    • 07/17/2013 / 8:27 pm

      Thank ya! I feel like this sort of would be a fun project to do as an adult, too. Maybe not making the clouds, but just as something silly and fun to do to take your mind off of, oh, maybe a lot of computer stuff…. 🙂

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