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Puffy Paint Christmas Tree

For a fun arts and craft activity for Christmas, try this puffy paint Christmas tree! Kids will love to see the 3D effect of the puffy paint when it dries.

RELATED: How to Make Puffy Paint

Puffy Paint Christmas Tree Craft

Puffy Paint Christmas Tree Craft

Painting with puffy paint doesn’t require any paint! You likely already have what you need on hand to make it.

You only need shaving cream, glue and food coloring. The paint dries 3D and leaves a “puffy” 3D effect on the paper. This is a really fun way to bring art to life!

Puffy Paint Christmas Craft

Supplies to Make the Puffy Paint

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

White cardstock

White Glue

– Shaving Cream

Green Food Coloring

Sequins (you could also use paper, pom poms or gems to decorate)

Gold Foam Star

– Christmas Tree Template – you can get the template at the bottom of the post!


In order to make colored puffy paint, we like to use this liquid food coloring gel since it’s concentrated and makes the colors really vibrant. You can also use acrylic paint or washable paint to color.  See our regular puffy paint recipe page for more details on making colored puffy paint.

Watch the Video Tutorial!

How to Make a Puffy Christmas Tree

1. Print off the Christmas tree template on white cardstock.

You can get the template at the bottom of the post.

Kids can also draw their own tree or just paint a tree as they go!

Print off Christmas Tree Template

2. Start by making the puffy paint.

Add 1/2 cup of shaving cream to a bowl.

Add Shaving Cream to Bowl

3. Add 1/2 cup of white glue to the bowl.

Add Glue to Bowl

If you want to make more puffy paint, you can double or triple the recipe.

4. Add green food coloring.

Add Green Food Coloring

5. Mix the food coloring in to make the puffy paint green.

Mix Food Coloring with Puffy Paint

6. Start to paint the template.

Start to Paint Christmas Tree

Continue painting until you’ve covered the template and no black lines are showing.

Make sure you add lots of paint into the tree to make it “puffy”. That way it will dry with a 3D effect.

Paint Christmas Tree Template

7. Add sequins to the tree to decorate.

You can also add gems, glitter, pom poms, or paper pieces. Since the puffy paint already has glue in it, it should stick once dry without any extra glue.

Add Sequins to Puffy Paint

8. Add a gold star to the top of the tree.

Draw your own star, cut out one from paper or add a gold glitter foam star to the top.

Add Star to Top

Let the craft dry for 24 hours and then it should be dry to the touch.

How long does it last?

It will keep the puffy effect for quite some time! A bit of the shaving cream will evaporate but if you added enough puffy paint, the picture should stay 3D.

Puffy Painted Christmas Tree

Get the Christmas Tree Template

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