Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

As many of you know, I really love paper art and paper crafts. It’s relaxing and fun, so I’m now trying to make more time for it in my life. Somewhere along this busy road, I left my supplies alone too long in their bins.

If you get some time to play, here’s an idea that’s not only fun to do, but in the end, you’ll have marbled paper for making cards, tags, journals, little books, etc.  I’ve made this several times, and each time the results have been really different and unique.

How to Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

It’s a great project –both for paper artists and for moms who want a fun project to do with their kids.

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream

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  • Shaving cream (The cheap white kind works well, the more basic, the better.  Don’t use gel. )
  • A pan or tray (I get some great plastic platters at Dollar Tree,  or use a cookie sheet.)
  • Liquid paint or re-inkers (I’ve even heard this works with food coloring.)
  • Cardstock (cut into manageable sizes for use on cards, journals, etc.)
  • An old credit card or gift card or a ruler
  • A toothpick or capped ballpoint pen
  • Paper towels
  • Wax paper or parchment paper

How to make marbled paper with shaving

Here’s what to do:

  • Spread the shaving cream in the tray, about a half inch or an inch deep, and smooth it out (a big enough section for your cardstock to fit on top)


  • Drop a few drops of the paint or ink onto the shaving cream.  I don’t use more than 3 colors at a time.

Make marbled paper with shaving

  • With the toothpick or pen, swirl through the paint drops to create the marbling. (Don’t spend too much time swirling, as the colors may become muddy.)

  • Lay a piece of cardstock onto the shaving cream, and press it lightly into the shaving cream. (I cut cardstock pieces to about 4×6 or 5×7 inches, or use a heavy notecard.)
  • Lift the cardstock and scrape the shaving cream off with the old credit card or a ruler.
  • Set the piece aside to dry on some wax paper or parchment paper.  After a little while, you can wipe off the remaining shaving cream with a paper towel.

Make marbled paper with shaving

  • You can repeat at least one or two more times, re-swirling the ink in between. The first piece usually has the most intense color.  

Make marbled paper with shaving

Now you have some pretty, marbled cardstock that smells good too.

The examples in the first photo of finished pieces were made with dye inks (re-inkers– Posh Impressions Inkabilities.)  The green examples were made with acrylic craft paints, (I have only used water based paints and inks for this project, so I’m not sure how other kinds of paints would work with it.)

This project is a little messy, but being prepared with some pre-torn paper towels helps a lot. Also, have the wax paper or parchment paper laid out, ready to receive the cardstock.

  Have fun!

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  1. My daughter will love this project! Thanks for showing us how! Looks like the beginnings of a fun summer afternoon.

  2. What a fun project! What kid doesn't like to get a bit messy LOL? Thanks for sharing at the party this week! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  3. what a fun project. The kids would love it! It looks pretty easy and the colors turn out lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I used to do this when I would do a lot of mail-in sweepstakes! I made postcards for the sweepstakes that required that you send in your entry via a postcard. 🙂 It just made entering sweepstakes that much more fun.

    And I used food coloring.

  5. Ahhhh! We do a version of this with Easter Eggs & whipped cream, but never thought of applying shaving cream to paper! Going to give this a try = love it! Found you at LeMoine Family Kitchen (stop by when you have a chance). :)!

  6. Wow – that is so cool!!! What a fun idea for interesting paper to use for craft, I love it! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  7. I want to hang out at your house. You do fun things! My kids would love to get messy with this craft.
    Happy to be cohosting the #HomeMattersParty with you this week!

  8. This looks like so much. And you can get messy and clean at the same time. Love this. Thanks for cohosting on the #homemattersparty

  9. This looks like a fun craft to do with the kids. I know my kids would have a blast doing it.

    Thank you for sharing this with us on the #HomeMattersParty.

  10. I have been planning to try this technique with pencils to make marbled pencils. Looks so fun. I have some unopened alcohol inks, I think I can try them to make marbled cardstocks. #HomeMattersParty

  11. I used to be a Stampin' Up demo so I love papercrafts too. I try to get my stuff out once a week and always wanted to try this technique. Thanks for inspiring me! #HomeMattersParty

  12. This does look cool. I used to scrapbook so much before. Never thought to try this and make my own patterned paper. Thanks! #HomeMattersParty

  13. Cute idea! I have never tried to make my own printed paper. I might have to give this a try!

  14. How interesting, looks fun for the kids! Thanks so much for linking up with me at #AThemedLinkup 15 for Crafts and DIY, open April 15 to 25. All entries shared on social media if share buttons installed.

  15. I love how they never come out the same way twice! We've tried this technique with paper, with our Easter Eggs, and even with coffee filters that we cut into shapes to decorate our windows with when my boys were young.

  16. CONGRATS! Your post is FEATURED at #AThemedLinkup 16 for Gardening from my previous linkup for Crafts and DIY, open April 30 to May 10. All entries shared if social media buttons are installed.

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