Crafty Monday: Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream!


Marbling with shaving cream is a simple, fun and pretty mess-free project for kids and adults. I’m happy to share this step by step ‘how to’ with you! Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Plain old shaving cream. Nothing with lotion or any added items. We got ours at the dollar store.
  • Paints or food coloring. I used acrylic paint, because I liked the color options. I’ve also used food coloring with students in the past and it works just as nicely. For fun I added glitter paints this time ’round, but didn’t really get the effect I hoped for.
  • Paper or card stock. Thicker paper does work better.
  • A chopstick, end of a paintbrush, toothpick or similar to swirl the paints.
  • Wax paper for drying.
  • Ruler, cardboard or other hard edge to scrape the paint off.
  • Tray for containing mess.

First, spray your work area with shaving cream. Be sure to create a section large enough for your paper.


Then, drop your paint randomly on the shaving cream. Start out with just a few drops, you can always add more later if necessary.


Next, using a chopstick or similar tool, create swirls with the paint on the surface of the cream.


Once you’ve gotten a design that pleases you, use the palm of your hand to gently press your paper onto the design, making sure the entire surface is touching the cream.

ShavingCream3IMG_3009-1Peel the paper off and place it on waxed for about 3 minutes.


Using a ruler or other hard, straight edge (I improvised and used a paint tray!), scrape the shaving cream off in one, steady motion to reveal your design!



You can reuse the shaving cream, if you’d like. Adding additional paint for round #2! I decided to marble book marks and go with some darker paints this time.

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My favorite part about this activity is how easy it is to clean up. All you have o do is rinse your tray in the sink and you’re done!

These are some examples created in an art class I teach at a rehabilitation center to adults with traumatic brain injuries. We added lettering to create greeting cards!

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