How to Marble Paper Using Shaving Cream (FUN Craft Idea!)

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Looking for a fun and unique craft idea for both kids and adults?

Try marbling paper using shaving cream and food coloring! It’s a really fun technique we just tried and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as well!

You can marble a whole piece of paper and call it done, or take it even further and use it as colorful craft paper in other homemade paper projects. The bottom of a paper plate can even be used instead of card stock.


DIY Marbled Paper Using Shaving Cream

Supplies Needed:


Shaving Cream Craft

1. Spray enough shaving cream to just cover the bottom of the pan, and then use a spatula or knife to spread it in an even layer. Squeeze drops of food coloring throughout the pan of shaving cream.

Shaving Cream Craft

2. Use a wood skewer to make swirls throughout the shaving cream, making sure to get the desired marbled look without over stirring. (Don’t over stir your design!)

Shaving Cream Craft

3. Place a piece of card stock on top of shaving cream and press down. Gently lift up and out of shaving cream and place on paper towels, shaving cream side up.

Shaving Cream Craft

Start with one side and scrape the shaving cream off in one motion using a ruler. (This is when you’ll be able to see the really cool marbling effect!) Discard shaving cream into trash or sink and let the paper dry completely.

Place heavy books to flatten paper if it bubbles up after drying.

Note: Once you press a piece of paper on a marbled area of shaving cream, that area is done. Repeat steps with the smaller paper if you have additional marbling space to press into, or clean the entire pan and start over again.


I LOVE the end result. The part where you scrape off the shaving cream is super satisfying and COOL!

It’s fun to repeat the process again experimenting with different color combinations! In fact, we had so much fun ~ it’s a little addicting! My kids loved helping with the swirling part.


This is such a fun technique to do and then create things with the paper!

I made these homemade cards by cutting shapes out of the marbled paper and gluing them onto blank stationery. You can also use it in addition to any paper embellishment you may already have on hand. I was able to make some fun homemade bookmarks, too.

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Comments 42

  1. ish

    Anyone have something to trade. I have a code for $20 shutterfly

      • Marie

        Go to the trading board and try

  2. Vanessa

    So pwetttttyyyy 😍

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)


  3. Amy

    Cute idea! We did this same thing but with Easter eggs and they turned out so cute!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea! I bet that is so cute 👍

  4. Laura

    This is very cool looking!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks Laura!

  5. Stacy P

    Love this! !!! So much fun! Thank u my girls 12 and 7 will love this ♡

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- Have fun! 👍🏻

  6. coolrocks

    Cant wait to try this 🙂 … Any idea if this would work with canvas as well?

    • gracias

      Same thing popped in my mind..canvas yes or no,.

  7. Brittany

    We did this for VBS last year! The kids loved it.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome! 😀

  8. Christi

    I did this with my preschoolers today! So fun and easy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      How fun!

  9. visitor3

    Bet your papers smell great too!

  10. J

    I did this a few years back. After they were dry, we cut out large egg shapes and strung them on cute ribbon to make an adorable Easter decoration! So pretty, and yes, the shaving cream part is very satisfying 😄

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That is such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

    • Lori

      Great idea J. Kids could make Christmas ornaments too.

  11. Tammy

    Remind us of this when there are deals on shaving cream ; )

    • Ktenny

      Dollar store Barbasol everyday 🙂

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Great idea!

  12. Chrissy

    Is it possible I can use alcohol ink instead of food coloring? I like the ink colors out there!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yes I believe you can use liquid ink colors like that as well.

  13. Leah

    Question…on step #4 (Place a piece of card stock on top of shaving cream and press down), how hard do you press down? Straight to the bottom of the pan or just lightly enough to cover? Or does it even make a difference?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya I think lightly enough to cover is good and you’ll see it start to sink in. also make sure the middle is pressed down slightly too. It’s really pretty simple 👍 – Sure! Have fun. I really liked this craft.

  14. John D Griffin Jr

    Can you do this with a small canvas board?

  15. Kris

    When I press The paper into the shaving cream it just comes up dry with marks from the food coloring I don’t get the mass of food coloring or of shaving cream like I see in the photos and it’s nowhere near the same effect what am I doing wrong?

    • Captain Kneemo

      Maybe kind of gently shake the paper side to side and press into the foam before lifting

  16. Cecilia

    Want to make a tropical sunset any color udea suggestions would b apprecuated

  17. Lesli

    What do you use to cut out your letters?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hi – I used my Cricut machine to cut the letters 🙂

  18. Casey

    I do not have card stock at home, can I just use copy paper? Or will it be too wet and not work?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Hmm it may work out. I tried to look at a few other examples online and a few said 100% cotton paper, not specificly card stock so possibly! If you try let us know 👍

  19. Katherine

    Can you use paint instead of food coloring? Or water color paint?


  20. Amyarlene

    You can dye Easter eggs using the same method — rolling the eggs in the shaving cream 🥚 🐰

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes love that! Looks fun 👏

  21. Peg

    Could I use heavy watercolor paper instead?

  22. Sara

    I experimented with this craft today for a craft class that I’ll be presenting at my job for customers. I used gel food coloring instead of regular and I think that definitely affected the result. The colors weren’t as defined or bright, especially as the paper dried. I used card stock for the first try. When I used an envelope, the paper wasn’t thick enough. I may have over mixed the colors as well.

    Hopefully, my second try (this time with the good food coloring) will turn out better.

  23. Laura

    The reason this works with paper (or egg shells) is the chemistry behind it. Shaving cream is only slightly polar while paper and the food coloring are polar. “Like” dissolves “like” (the same reason why nail polish remover dissolves sharpie ink, while water will not), so the paper and food coloring are attracted to each other more than the shaving cream. the shaving cream is just a way to keep the food coloring where you want it to be. When people are asking about using this method on a canvas, it could work, but may be more about what the canvas construction.

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