I’m so happy when cutesy crafts are back in trend. That means that I can take out all of my Sanrio bits and play with them to my heart’s content. To top it all, making paper squishy can’t be easier or cheaper to create. But, where to begin?
Here are some things other people on the internet are making. Hopefully, these 12 homemade paper squishy ideas will inspire you to make something cute as well.
1. Keep it squishy, keep it simple
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Any square piece of paper can become a paper squishy. Since their purpose is to be anti-stress toys, any design that brings you joy will be a great choice.
And you don’t have to go the kawaii route (no matter what the rest of the list may imply). Put some random doodles together or even cut out a magazine or wallpaper. As long as you like it, it’s perfect.
2. Greetings Feline
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Am I trying to say that anything looks good once you slap Hello Kitty on it, or am I informing you that the food packaging paper squishes are very popular? Yes, to both!
Reproducing the packaging for your favorite snacks is a great place to start this journey since they are usually square or rectangular. And if you’re not too happy with the results, slap a few Hello Kitty stickers and call it a day.
3. Cootie Patootie
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Here’s an easy way to level up without making your life complicated. You can cut out any drawing and turn it into a paper squishy. If you can’t draw, simply print out whatever image takes your fancy.
When going this route, make sure you’re using a smaller piece of foam than the one you would use in a rectangular shape of the same size. You may need to do some shaping as well for certain designs.
4. A la mode
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Why would you make a simple round paper squishy when you can make a squishy cherry pie?
A round paper squishy can be made with either 2 or 3 pieces of paper, depending on how simple you want the design and process to be. But once you learn how to do it, you have a whole list of desserts you can reproduce. If you don’t like pie, how about a chocolate Swiss roll?
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Another big trend amongst the squishmakers is unicorns. There are 2 ways to make these. The first is to cut out the shape as in the third entry, then glue the horns flat for better structure.
The other is to add the horn separately. You can either sandwich it between main pieces or glue it to the front. You can also use this opportunity to play with texture and materials. In any case, have fun!
6. So cute, it will give you cavities
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If my dentist gave me one of these after every visit, I would not hate him as much. Anyway, this made the list to show that not all designs have to be candy or teddy bears, but can also be a sweet… tooth.
You can turn anything into a paper squishy. Your imagination is your only limit. Speaking of, check out these great designs and ideas; to illustrate this point further.
7. Give us our daily bread
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Where would this list be without even one entry dedicated to sliced bread? After all, it’s one of the most popular paper squishy food ideas and a must-do project!
Melissa makes it very easy for you. You can download this design from her for free and check out her tutorial on how to put everything together.
8. A refreshing drink
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It may seem like it’s a bit complicated for an absolute beginner, but you can achieve this effect by only wrapping the foam in paper instead of enclosing it from all sides. And simply insert a regular straw on top and you’re done. The trick is to make the paper slightly shorter than the foam, so the top and bottom parts appear fuller and therefore rounder.
Oh, and this idea will work with any drink, it doesn’t have to be Boba. A complicated Starbucks drink with a misspelled name, anyone?
9. For the bold
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Admit it, you always wanted to do this to a bag of Doritos. Especially if the person who owns that bag earned your ire. But what should you do if you can’t yield to the temptation because the owner might come for payback?
In that case, make a squishy paper of Doritos and fulfill your fantasies without getting into trouble.
10. Rainbow in my pocket
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This one is a bit more challenging since you will have to spend a bit more time constructing the paper pockets. But it’s worth it.
I mean, isn’t this totally unexpected and different from other homemade paper squishy ideas?
11. Better together
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You’ve mastered this craft and you’re ready to give out your pieces as presents? How about this as an idea?
While a paper squishy can be a nice addition to go with a card, a whole box of them can become a nice gift all on their own. Group them by a theme – bento lunch, fruit salad, Christmas cookies, etc. Whatever you choose, it’s bound to put a smile on someone’s face.
12. Ready for the new dimension?
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Marissa makes another appearance on this list with this adorable watermelon. She also provides a free download and tutorial for this one as well.
Not only is this slice of summery goodness super cute, but it’s a great project when you’re ready to upgrade your paper squishy-making skills. Once you figure it out, there’s a whole new world out there waiting for you to explore.
13. Using Balloon
One of the easiest ways to make a paper squishy is by using a balloon. Cut out a piece of paper in the shape that you want your squishy to be, and then use a glue stick to attach it to the balloon. Once the glue has dried, blow up the balloon and tie off the end. Then, cut a small hole in the top of the balloon and release the air until your squishy is as desired.
Another great way to make a paper squishy is by using an old pillowcase. Cut out two pieces of paper in the shape that you want your squishy to be, and then use hot glue or fabric glue to attach them together. Next, put your hand inside of the pillowcase and scrunch it up. Once the glue has dried, cut a small hole in the top of the pillowcase and release the air until your squishy is as desired.
15. Sleeping Bag
If you want to make a really large paper squishy, you can use an old sleeping bag or quilt. Cut out two pieces of paper in the shape that you want your squishy to be, and then use hot glue or fabric glue to attach them together. Next, put your hand inside of the sleeping bag or quilt and scrunch it up. Once the glue has dried, cut a small hole in the top of the sleeping bag or quilt and release the air until your squishy is as desired.
More Paper Squishy Ideas
Creating 3d Squishies
Are you looking for a fun and easy DIY project that will not only keep you entertained but also provide stress relief? Look no further than creating your own 3D paper squishies!
These cute and customizable toys are perfect for all ages, whether you’re looking to decorate your room or simply need something to fidget with during the day.
To get started, gather your materials: colorful cardstock or construction paper, scissors, glue, and any additional decorations such as markers or stickers.
Choose a simple shape like a circle or heart to start with, then cut out two identical pieces of paper.
Fold each piece in half and make small cuts along the folded edge to create flaps. Apply glue to these flaps and press them together to form a three-dimensional shape.
Once you have created your basic shape, it’s time to get creative! Use markers or paint to add designs and details, or use smaller pieces of paper to create features like eyes or mouths.
You can even experiment with different textures by adding glitter or other embellishments. The possibilities are endless when it comes to making your own unique 3D paper squishies!
Making Animal-Themed Squishies
To start off, choose your favorite animals. You can create anything from cats to pandas, bunnies to unicorns. Once you have decided on the animal(s), sketch out their basic shape onto a piece of paper.
Cut out this template and trace it onto colorful foam sheets. Cut out two identical pieces for each squishy.
Next comes the fun part – decorating your animals! Use markers, paint, stickers, and googly eyes to bring them to life. You can also add special details such as fur texture with colored pens or glitter glue.
Once your designs are complete, glue together the two foam pieces leaving a small opening at the bottom. Fill this space with stuffing material like soft foam balls or cotton wool before sealing it shut with glue.
Congratulations! Your new furry friend is ready to be squeezed and admired by all who see it.
Remember that these little critters can be made in various sizes so feel free to experiment and create a whole zoo full of squishies.
Crafting Fruits and Vegetables
First up on our list is the classic watermelon slice. To make this squishy, you’ll need pink and green foam sheets, glue, scissors, and paint. Cut out two identical slices of watermelon from the pink foam sheet and add black dots using paint to resemble seeds. Cut out a rind shape from the green foam sheet and attach it to one of the watermelon slices with glue.
Then, glue both slices together leaving a small opening to stuff it with cotton before sealing it shut completely.
Next, let’s try making an apple squishy. This design only requires red and brown foam sheets, glue, scissors, and a marker. Start by cutting out two identical apple shapes from the red foam sheet. Draw a stem and leaf onto one of them using the marker before gluing both pieces together with an opening left to insert cotton stuffing.
Finally, cut out a tiny brown rectangle as the bite mark on your apple squishy!
Now that we’ve tackled some fruit designs let’s move onto veggies! How about crafting a carrot squishy? You will need orange and green foam sheets, glue scissors, and paint for this project.
First off, cut two identical carrot shapes from the orange foam sheet then draw lines down vertically along its length in white highlighter pen or pencil. Paint these lines with darker shades of orange to give it dimensionality. Cut out some leaves from green foam sheet then attach them at top end of each carrot piece with glue before joining them using another layer of glue while inserting cotton inside.
These simple but adorable ideas are sure to bring joy to anyone who receives them as gifts or sees them displayed around your home. Get creative and try making a whole set of different fruits and veggies for an even more impressive collection!
Crafting Food Squishies
One idea is to create a hamburger squishy by using foam sheets and fabric paint. Cut out the shapes for each layer of the burger, then glue them together and use paint to add details like sesame seeds on the bun.
Another tasty-looking option is an ice cream cone squishy. Start with a foam ball as the scoop, then wrap it in felt that’s been cut into a swirl pattern. Add a cone made from paper or cardstock, and finish off with some sprinkles made from beads or glitter glue. This sweet treat will look good enough to eat!
For those who want a more challenging project, try making a sushi roll squishy. Use foam sheets to create the different pieces of sushi – rice, seaweed, fish – and then assemble them together just like real sushi! It may take some practice to make everything look neat and tidy, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll have an adorable addition to your collection.
Creating Cartoon Characters
Firstly, sketch out your chosen cartoon character on a piece of paper. Make sure to pay attention to details such as facial features, clothing, and accessories. Once you have a clear outline, transfer it onto thick cardstock or foam sheets using a pencil. Cut along the lines carefully with scissors or a craft knife.
Next, use acrylic paints or markers to color in each section of the cut-out according to the original design. Allow time for each layer to dry before applying another coat or moving on to different areas. You can add glitter glue or sequins for extra sparkle and texture.
Lastly, assemble all pieces together with strong double-sided tape or glue dots and stuff them with cotton balls until they become plump and huggable.
Voila! Your very own cartoon character paper squishy is ready to be played with!
- To make your squishy even more special, customize it by adding personal touches like initials or messages.
- Experiment with different textures by mixing materials like felt fabric or faux fur into your design.
- Use templates found online if you’re struggling with drawing freehand.
- Display your finished creation proudly on shelves or desks as decor when not squeezing away stress.
Creating Holiday-Themed Squishies
If you’re in the mood for some festive DIY paper squishy ideas, why not try creating holiday-themed ones? These can be a great addition to your seasonal decorations or even as gifts for family and friends.
Here are some fun and easy ideas to get you started.
For Christmas, consider making a cute Santa Claus or reindeer squishy. You can use red and white paper to create Santa’s hat and beard, while brown paper works well for the reindeer’s antlers. Add some googly eyes and pom-poms for the nose, and voila! You have an adorable holiday-themed squishy.
If you celebrate Halloween, try making a spooky ghost or pumpkin squishy. Use white paper for the ghost and orange paper for the pumpkin. Cut out facial features using black construction paper or markers. For added texture, glue on pieces of tissue paper to make it look like there are wispy ghosts tails trailing behind or give the pumpkin ridges with crumpled tissue papers glued onto them.
Get creative with your designs and have fun experimenting with different shapes and colors. With just a few simple materials, you can easily create unique holiday-themed squishies that will bring joy to anyone who receives them.
Remember: these projects should be enjoyable experiences that allow us to connect with our creativity in stress-free ways – so take your time, enjoy yourself, and let your imagination run wild!
Making Recycled Squishies
To start off, gather any old foam packaging or bubble wrap you may have lying around. Cut these up into small pieces and shape them into the desired form for your squishy. You can use tape or glue to hold everything together before wrapping it in tissue paper or thin fabric.
Next, take any worn-out towels or clothing and cut those into strips as well. Wrap these tightly around your squishy base until fully covered, securing with more tape or glue where necessary.
Finally, add some paint or markers for a pop of color!
Crafting Jewelry Squishies
If you’re tired of the traditional paper squishy designs and want to try something new, why not make your own jewelry squishies?
Not only are they adorable accessories that can add a touch of personality to any outfit, but they can also provide a fun stress-relief activity during those moments when life gets overwhelming.
To get started on making your own jewelry squishies, gather the following materials: foam sheets in various colors, scissors, glue gun or craft adhesive, small jewelry findings such as jump rings and earring hooks, and acrylic paint.
Once you have everything ready, begin by cutting out shapes from the foam sheets – think hearts, stars, circles, or even custom shapes like animals or food items.
Next comes the fun part: decorating! Use acrylic paint to add intricate details to each shape before adding a layer of sealant for durability.
Finally, use your glue gun or craft adhesive to attach jump rings or earring hooks to each piece so that they can be easily attached to necklaces or earrings.
With these simple steps, you’ll soon have an array of unique and personalized jewelry squishies that will impress everyone who sees them.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different color combinations and embellishments – after all, the beauty of DIY is being able to create something truly one-of-a-kind.
Whether you’re gifting them to friends or keeping them for yourself, these jewelry squishies are sure to bring joy every time they’re worn.
Customizing Your Squishies
One easy way to personalize your squishy is by using colored markers or pens. You can draw patterns, designs, or write messages on the surface of the paper. This not only adds color but also gives it character and individuality.
Another idea is to use stickers or decals to decorate your squishies. This allows you to create intricate designs without having to spend too much time drawing or coloring.
If you want something more advanced, consider adding texture to your squishies. You could use glitter glue, sandpaper, or even small beads to create a tactile experience when squeezing them.
Adding scent is another option for making your squishies stand out from the rest. You could spray perfume on them, rub essential oils onto the surface, or even add a drop of vanilla extract for an enticing aroma.
Making Mini Squishies
Are you tired of buying expensive squishies from the store? Why not try making your own mini squishies at home! Not only is it a fun DIY project, but you can also customize them to fit your style and preferences.
- Gather Materials: You’ll need foam sheets, scissors, glue, paint or markers for decoration, and something to stuff the mini squishy with (like cotton balls).
- Cut Out Shapes: Use the scissors to cut out shapes from the foam sheets – hearts, stars, animals, whatever you like!
- Decorate & Assemble: Once you have all your shapes cut out, decorate them with paint or markers. Then, place two identical pieces together and use glue to seal around the edges (leave a small opening). Stuff with cotton balls before sealing it completely.
Now that you know how easy it is to make mini squishies at home, get creative and experiment with different designs and colors. These little toys are perfect stress relievers and make great gifts for friends and family without breaking the bank.
Making Emoji Squishies
To start off, choose your favorite emojis and sketch out their shapes on paper. Use these as templates to cut out the same shape from foam sheets or sponges.
Then, use fabric paint to add the details of each emoji onto the foam/sponge cutouts. Once everything is dry, glue two identical pieces together with just enough space to insert stuffing material (like cotton balls).
Be sure to leave a small opening so you can stuff and then close up the squishy! And there you have it – adorable DIY emoji squishies that will definitely bring a smile to your face every time you see them.
Crafting Keychain Squishies
To make your own keychain squishy, you’ll need some basic supplies like paper, glue, scissors, and key rings.
Firstly, choose the design of your keychain squishy. You can create anything from cute animals to miniature food items.
Once you’ve decided on your design, start by cutting out the shape of your squishy from colored paper. Then fold it in half and glue around 3 sides together leaving one side open so that you can stuff it with tissue papers or any soft materials. Finally close the last side with glue.
Next, decorate your squishy using markers or stickers- this is where you can get creative with colors and designs! Additionally add-ons like glitter or small beads can be glued onto the surface for extra sparkle.
Once done decorating; attach a keyring to the top of your creation to complete the project.
Crafting Artisan Squishies
After creating a few keychain squishies, you might be ready to take on something more artisanal. Crafting larger paper squishies can be a fun and rewarding experience that allows for greater creativity in design.
One option is to use patterned origami paper or even print your own designs onto plain paper before cutting and folding into the desired shape.
You could also experiment with different fillings such as foam beads or cotton batting to achieve varying levels of squishiness.
Another idea is to incorporate other materials into your paper squishy creations. For example, adding small pom poms or tassels can give them an extra touch of flair. Or you could try using glitter glue or paint pens to add shimmering accents.
Let’s Get Started!
Pick a design and see how it goes. With squishy it’s great that if you try something and it doesn’t work out it’s east to start over and try again. If you like the feel of a squishy you’d probably also enjoy slime. Check out our tutorial on making butter slime. It’s something you don’t want to miss!
I’m a stay at home mom with our two kids. I really enjoy doing crafts with my kids however, that is typically a challenge with how limited their attention span can be and how messy it gets. So, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting an enjoyable experience and creating fond memory for all of us.