How to Make DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream for Kids

How to Make DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream for Kids

Our favored DIY marbled paper method for all ages is shaving cream marbling. In this post I show how to marble paper with shaving cream and watercolor paint (and include things like a video displaying it in action). This is one particular of our all-time favored art activities for all ages!

Updated January 2021

The finest, easiest, and least expensive DIY marbled paper is carried out with shaving cream marbling.

Hands down.

This marbling method is one particular of our all-time favored art activities. Like raised salt painting and splatter painting—the other faves I described the other day—it’s one particular that that the little ones in no way tire of and that we’ve returned to once again and once again more than the years.

I’m sharing the step-by-step guidelines for carrying out shaving cream marbling, and you can uncover lots of wonderful suggestions for shaving cream art and play right here.

First, here’s video I created displaying the shaving cream marbling in progress. And scroll down for the step-by-step guidelines and images.

DIY Marbled Paper the Easy Way

Materials for Making DIY Marbled Paper

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  • Shaving FOAM*
  • Shallow baking dish, such as a pie plate
  • Liquid watercolor paint (or watered-down meals coloring)
  • Droppers
  • Stir stick, such as a chopstick or the bottom of a paint brush
  • Card stock (or poster board reduce into smaller sized pieces)**
  • A scraper, such as a square piece of cardboard

 *I say “shaving cream” marbling, but you will want to buy shaving FOAM, not cream. I like to use a low-smell, sensitive skin range such as these created by Gillette or Barbasol. 

**While you’d feel watercolor paper would be finest for this considering the fact that it includes watercolor paint, you will really get superior outcomes with a extremely smooth surface rather than the toothed surface that watercolor papers have. Use card stock if you have it or acquire a sheet of white poster board and reduce it down into tiny pieces as I did.

Time required: 1 hour.


  1. Create a layer of shaving cream

    First, spray a layer of shaving cream to cover the bottom of your baking dish.

  2. Add watercolors

    Then, use a dropper to add drops of liquid watercolor paint on prime of the shaving cream.

    Marble painting with shaving cream and watercolors

    Note :: If you do not have liquid watercolors, you can use watered-down meals coloring. You can even do this project with other paints, such as tempera or liquid/craft acrylics, while the outcomes will appear a bit various.

    Feel no cost to add many colors.

    Dish of shaving cream with dropper of watercolors

  3. Swirl the paint

    Use a stick (a chopstick, the finish of a paint brush, or even the dropper) to swirl the paint about for a marbled impact.

    shaving cream and watercolor painting
  4. Press the cardstock onto the cream

    Carefully press a piece of card stock into the paint covered shaving cream.

    DIY marble paper with shaving cream
  5. Remove card from shaving cream

    Lift up the card stock and use a piece of cardboard to scrape off the shaving cream.

    paper with marbled shaving cream

    This reveals your stunning new marbled paper!

    DIY marble paper
  6. Repeat!

    You’ll get a couple of great marbled papers from the paint, then want to add more drops of liquid watercolor to swirl about and make more papers!

    Marble paper with shaving cream

    Note :: We like to retain a bowl in the center of the table even though we’re working. The shaving cream we scrape off of the newly marbled paper, gets re-scraped into the bowl. And later, when we’re completed with the activity, we use a rubber spatula to scrape the paint-y shaving cream into the trash prior to washing out the bowls and dishes.

    DIY paper materials
  7. Let dry

    Allow them all dry. (Yes, this is a shoe rack. It operates wonderful for drying art!)

    Drying rack with marbled paper onit

We’ve been punching out 2 inch paper hearts from our marbled paper with a heart punch like this one. The hearts are excellent for adding to Valentines!

hearts cut out of marbled paper

You can see all the various points we’ve been creating with our new DIY marbled paper in this post of 10 Valentine Craft Ideas to Make from Kids Process Art. (These suggestions work nicely for repurposing any course of action-oriented art into crafts, decorations, and gifts.)

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