Here is a fun, sensory art project for kids that I’ve seen all over the internet – making marbled paper with shaving cream. If this is your first introduction to it, you are in for a treat. Kids can make a mess and stir things up but the end result is always satisfying because the more imperfect the marbling the more beautiful the art.
This is not my usual simple art project. It does require more supervision than many of the things we do. However, it’s really fun and the perfect way to break up a dreary afternoon. (Affiliate links are used in this post.)
What you need:
- Baking pan. We used an old pan, but you could wrap the pan in foi.
- Shaving cream.
- Droppers. These pipettes are a staple in our art supply cabinet.
- Liquid color. We prefer liquid watercolors, but you could also use food coloring.
- Watercolor paper or heavy card stock
- Craft stick or plastic knife
Fill a baking pan with shaving cream. Squirting out a mound of shaving cream is always a fun start to any project for kids! Using pipettes, drop liquid watercolors all over the cream. You could also used food coloring.
Then, using a wooden craft stick or plastic knife, swirl, swirl, swirl. Stirring the colors may just make a muddy brown mess, watch closely and stop the action if your kid gets a bit carried away. Or, just let it go and see what happens. Either approach is fine, really. Process not product, right?
Press — or “smush”, as Kiddo said — heavy paper on top of the shaving cream. We used watercolor paper.
If you have overloaded on the shaving cream (as we did) you can pour out the rest of the paint (“Why bother with the dropper?”, says Kiddo) and do more.
Remove paper and let dry for 10 minutes.
Remove shaving cream. At first I used paper towels but that smeared the color so I had the brilliant idea of scraping it off with a spatula.
I was holding my newborn at the same time so a spatula was easier for me anyway. By this time your sinuses will be nice and clear from all that chemical menthol fragrance.
That’s it! Enjoy the fruits of your labor! (or your kid’s labor). You can either frame it as is or use the gorgeous paper in other crafts. We used some of our paper to make a birthday card for Grandpa D.