70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (2023)

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Puffy Paint (or Scribbles, or Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint, or most other dimensional fabric paints) can be used for so much more than decorating a T-shirt! Household items, home decor, jewelry… and lots more! I’ve got over 70 ideas here and I’ve just scratched the surface. With all the colors available, you can jazz up just about anything you can think of!

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It doesn’t happen all that often, but once in a while I have one of those “ah ha!” moments and come up with a “scathingly brilliant idea” (okay, who knows the movie? hint: an oldie with Hayley Mills…). Once again, my friend, Pinterest, led me to an industrial product called Plasti Dip. Have you heard of this stuff? If you have, you probably think it’s used to dip tool handles, like on pliers or a screwdriver, to give them grip. But people have started getting really creative with it. Like dipping whole cars. For real! (Okay, they use an aerosol can version, so it actually isn’t “dipped”).

The description on their web site says that it is a “rubberized dip protective coating product.” I loooove the product concept and started thinking about a million other uses. But it is really limited in the number of colors you can get (although they are starting to catch on and make new colors), it comes in a pretty large quantityand is pricey. And not everything can be dipped, so trying to apply it from a can using a paint brush is messy and sloppy.

One day I was using some Puffy Paint pens and it hit me that it is really similarstuff! Okay, I’m not a chemist, so I don’t know for sure, but it certainly hassimilarproperties! So I tried it out. O! M! G! You can buy it in small quantities for a reasonable price. And oh, the colors available! Even glow in the dark!

Plasti Dip is best to use when you need to coat a large surface and you want to get a smooth coating, which you really can only get by dipping or using the spray can. Dimensional paint is great when you want finer control to add dots or lines because they come in small bottles or pens with fine tips.

Note: There are recipes floating around all over the internet for “puffy paint.” These recipes are for making a paint mixture that puffs upfor kids crafts, not for projects like these. It won’t work on these projects.

Here is just a small list of what you can do with Plasti Dip or any 3-dimensional paint (such as Puffy Paint, Scribbles, orTulip dimensional fabric paint):

Put a safe, scratch-proof, poke-proof coating on…

70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (4)…anything that has a sharp, pokey, rough surface you don’t want poking or scratching. Have you ever installed those wire shelves in closets and used those little rubber caps on the cut ends? What a pain to put on and they can pop off! Why not just put a little Puffy Paint on thecutends of the shelf?

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You canalso put it over the teeth of a pair of pliers or a wrench to prevent scratches (like when tighteninga shower head or makingjewelry).

70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (5)Put iton the bottom ofthat lamp or vase that scratches your antique end table instead of using those old-fashioned doilies. (Or, if you like doilies, make a doily out of puffy paint to put under the lamp or vase, or on a tray,as shown by Natalie Shaw at Doodlecraft.)

I used it on the tray I put under our coffee maker. We’ve had problems with it overflowing, so we found a dish draining tray we made fit in the space we have,but it’smade of a hard plastic and has a bunch of vertical supports on the underside that scratched and scraped and made a horrible noise every morning when wepulled it out from under the cabinets to make the coffee. So I put Puffy Paint on the bottom edges, and now it doesn’t scratch and is quiet!

Repair/strengthen chargercord

70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (6)Thatfirst aha momentwas fixing the chargercord for our old Kindle. Ioftenuse the Kindlein bed, but the power strip is on the opposite side from the jack on the Kindle, so there was constant stress on that cord and it started to act flaky. If you wiggled it just right it would work. So, how to keep it in that sweetspot? A blob of Puffy Paint!

As you can see, Iapplied it while in that bent position. It’s held up beautifully for over a year now. Plasti Dip would have worked fine here too.

Note that the outer surface of the cord was not damaged, and this is a low-voltage cord. I do not know if this product could or should be used to repair a frayed electrical cord. (I am not recommending it.)

Repair rubber gloves

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Before, with hole

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Tape hole shut

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Apply inside, then outside

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Final result – hole is repaired

I had actually forgotten all about the Puffy Paintuntil this spring when I started planting in the garden and my gardening gloves got a hole in the tip of the pointer finger, as pretty much happens with all of my gardening gloves because of my long fingernails. And I thought these gloves would be the ones to last too, because they have a pretty heavy rubber coating over knit gloves. Light bulb went off… Puffy Paint to the rescue!

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I first just tried putting a quick glob on the fingertip. But that didn’t last long. So I pulled it off (and being able to pull it off was a sure sign I didn’t do it right) and this time took time to do the right prep. First, I washed the gloves thoroughly. Then I used a piece of tape to temporarily keep the hole closed and turned the finger inside out. I started with a light coat, making sure to get the paint into the fibers of the fingertip. Then I added another heavier coat. After that dried, I turned the finger right side out, removed the tape, and added more on the outside. The surface isn’t very smooth,butI don’t care. Dipping the fingertip in Plasti Dip would have given a smoother coating.

As you can see by the dirt, I’ve used them a lot since this repair and it’s holding up wonderfully. (I cleaned just the repaired finger so you could actually see the repair.)

Don’t have a hole? Put this stuff on before you get a hole!

Put a non-slip coating on….

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…just about anything! How about the bottom of socks for kids (or adults), just like the ones you get in the hospital? You can personalize them with the person’s name, apattern,or other design (picture is from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar‘s blog).

If you make slippers (knit, crocheted, fleece, or felt), add this to the bottom before you gift them. If it isn’t stretchy, you can coat the whole bottom (you might want to use a disposable brush). If it is stretchy, like the socks, then avoid large solid areas that might crack when stretched(maybe make a pattern usingdots instead).

Note: Puffy Paint is non-toxic. The MSDS for Plasti Dip lists health hazards with prolonged contact and ingestion is poisonous (so don’t use Plasti Dip on kids socks or slippers).

Also note: Puffy Paint is kind of hard when it dries. It’s flexible, but if it is thick, it feels hard and smooth. Ifapplyingon socks, make sure to work into the fibers a bit and not lay it on too thick or smoothly or you’ll feel the bumps when you step on them and it may not give you the grip as intended. Experiment on an old pair of socks, as different brands may give different results.

70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (12)Give some cheap knit work gloves some grip and durability (for example, as shown at Art Threads). Or put it on your winter gloves to give them some grip when driving.

What about that dog dish that goes sliding across the tile floor in the kitchen? Or even your glasses that keep sliding off your nose or that ring that is loose on your finger? Or the dash or console of your car to keep your phone from sliding off? Put it on your headbands on the hair side to help keep it from slipping on your head.

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70+ Uses for Puffy Paint - Dimensional fabric paint has so many more uses than decorating a T-shirt (13)How about on your camera? (Okay, you may want to be a little more conservative and utilitarian than thisexample, but hey, it makes your imagination run wild, doesn’t it?)

And obviously on tools. Put it on tool handles not only to help with grip and comfort, but to label them (use pink or glitter and your hubby won’t take your tools). Dipping them will give you the smoothest finish. But it if you apply dimensional paint out of a bottle or pen, you could draw stripes or ringsor dotsinstead of a solid coating.

Also use to keep things from sliding, like a paper cutter trimmer. And think about what kitchen tools this might be handy on!

If you know anyone with a disabilitywhoneeds help holding on to things, this stuff can be put on pens, paint brushes, jars/lids, kitchen utensils, or again, just about anything to add some grip!

Note: I do not know if it is dishwasher safe. I have seen conflicting answers online. I will try to test it someday and put the answer here. In the meantime, hand washing would be recommended.

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Is dimensional fabric paint the same as Puffy Paint? ›

70+ uses for Puffy Paint (aka Dimensional Fabric Paint). It's not just for decorating T-shirts! Use for home decor items, jewelry, accessories, holiday decorations, non-skid and non-scratch applications, solutions for visually impaired and more!

What is dimensional fabric paint used for? ›

Dimensional paint is used to accent designs, like outlining or writing names (for personalization) whereas soft paint is used to paint the bulk of the design.

What do people use Puffy Paint for? ›

Lots of uses for Dimensional Fabric Paint (Puffy Paint) besides decorating a T-shirt! DIY jewelry, ornaments, window clings, tools, socks, gloves, luggage

Does Puffy Paint stay on clothes for a while? ›

After 72 hours, it's safe to wash your puffy paint t-shirt. Do not wash your t-shirts before the paint has had at least 72 hours, roughly three days, to set. Take precautions when washing your puffy paint shirt. Turn your puffy paint t-shirt inside out before washing it to preserve the design.

How long does puffy paint last? ›

HOW LONG DOES PUFFY PAINT LAST. Homemade puffy paint will last for about 5 days. After that the shaving foam will lose its puffiness and the texture of your mixture will change. One way to store your puffy paint is in small plastic containers with lids, like what we use for storing homemade slime.

Does puffy paint stay on t shirts? ›

Fabric-based puffy paints are usually machine-washable, so you can use them to permanently decorate washable clothing. Puffy fabric paint also adds non-slip grip to surfaces, so you can use it on the soles of children's socks, for instance, to provide added grip.

Can you water down puffy paint? ›

Diluting or Thinning Fabric Paint

This is great for creating a watercolor-like effect. You can also add a little water to retail fabric paint, but take care not to dilute the paint too much. If you add too much water, the paint will definitely bleed (even on poly fabrics).

Does 3D fabric paint stay on clothes? ›

Although it is stiff after application, it lasts well through the wash and loosens up with time. Tulip also sells an impressive 3D paint if you're looking for a puffy option.

Can you use dimensional fabric paint on glass? ›

These brightly colored fabric paints achieve a shiny wet look, even when dry. The non-toxic paints are formulated for strong adhesion and durability on wood, glass, fabric, and more!

What can you use instead of puffy paint? ›

Put 1 cup of flour in a large mixing bowl. Pour in 1 cup of water. Mix very well with the whisk to get rid of any clumps. Use a disposable spoon to add 2-3 spoonfuls of kids paint to the flour and water mixture.

What is the difference between fabric paint slick and puffy? ›

A: These are two different finishes of the paint. Slick is a shiny finish, where Puffy dries and can be "puffed" up with steam for an even more dimensional effect. Helpful?

What type of paint is puffy paint? ›

What Is Puffy Paint? Puffy paint is a homemade “paint” that you can use in fun crafts for your kids! All you need is some Elmer's glue, shaving cream, and food coloring to make this puffy creation! The “formula” for this paint is as simple as remembering to use equal parts glue and shaving cream.

What is dimension paint? ›

DESCRIPTION. Mont Marte Premium Dimension Acrylic is a high viscosity, fine art paint that offers artists a new dimension in painting. This acrylic's ultra thick consistency can be applied with brush, palette knife or shaper to create especially exaggerated texture effects.

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