Puffy Paint Donuts

We had a donut themed day on Friday. I had just finished putting together a 1,000 piece donut puzzle and decided to reward myself with a delivery order from Stan’s Donuts. It was a great decision, in case you were wondering. So this was my inspiration for these easy puffy paint donuts.

Materials Needed:

  • Construction paper
  • 1/2 Cup of Elmer’s glue
  • 1/4 Cup of flour
  • 1.5 Cup of foam shaving cream
  • Food coloring or washable paint
  • Glitter, confetti or small cut up pieces of paper to be used as sprinkles
  • Ziplock bags or pastry bags
  • Cake decorating tips (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Set Up:

First, make your puffy paint. You can have your child help with this step! I had my daughter, Eisley, stir in the food coloring once I mixed the main ingredients together. To make, combine flour, Elmer’s glue, shaving cream in a large bowl. Mix it together with a spatula then divide it up into 3 separate bowls to create 3 different colors. You can use food coloring or washable paint. Mix in a little bit at a time until you reach your desired colors.

Once your paint is created, cut a small hole in the corner of your ziplock bag and insert a pastry tip of your choosing. Then fill your plastic bag with the puffy paint mixture. Repeat for each color.

Once the puffy paint was set up, I created the paper donuts. Draw your donuts on construction paper then cut them out. Then, center your donuts on another piece of construction paper and draw 2 parallel lines a little bit above either side of them. This is where you will fold the paper once your child is finished decorating the donuts to create the donut box around them.

Now, set up some toppings for your donuts. Use whatever you have on hand, glitter, real sprinkles, confetti, little beads, or little pieces of cut up construction paper in various colors. Separate them into some little bowls or containers so your child has a few options.


First, have your child glue the donuts down onto the paper as shown below.

Once your donuts are secure, let the decorating begin! This was Eisley’s first time using cake decorating tips and she LOVED it.

Don’t forget the toppings!

When Eisley was finished, she wanted to keep playing with the paint so I let her go to town using her hands to create a beautiful mess. Crafts are always more fun when you get to make a mess!

I let the puffy paint dry for a few hours before turning it into a little box. Just fold the sides up where you drew your lines on the paper. Then, cut two more equal strips of construction paper and attach to the sides that you folded up using tape. Once your box is complete, you can have your child decorate the outside with stickers or washi tape if you wish!

And that’s it! We will definitely be making more puffy paint projects in the future. Tag us in your photos if you decide to make these donuts, we would love to see your creations! Enjoy!