Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Homemade Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

This is a craft that I'm surprised I haven't seen more people in bloggingland talking about. It really has it all.... fun, messy, easy for toddlers and preschoolers, and BEAUTIFUL results- even from little ones.

1. Fill a 9 x13 pan with a layer of shaving cream. Squirt a few colors of liquid tempera paint on top. (washable, and water based)2. Using a knife or stick, swirl the colors around.
3. Place a piece of white cardstock on top of the shaving cream and smush it down, making sure that every piece of the cardstock is thoroughly wet.
4. Pull the cardstock off and wipe the excess shaving cream off with a paper towel. (Try to do it thoroughly with the first wipe because the more wiping you do, the more muted the marbling.)
That's it! The paint stays on the paper even though the shaving cream is wiped off. It really feels magical!(We did this outdoors, and even though the paint is washable, I'm REALLY glad I did. It makes quite a mess. You should have seen the color of green that the bathwater turned when I dipped the girls in afterward! Also, it was a little odd having my little ones smell like freshly shaved men :-)Now that my marbled cardstock has dried and I've flattened it out under some heavy books, I'm planning to use it to make a few thank you notes from the girls that we have yet to send for Christmas gifts. I'm thinking that it would be neat too to try thinner pieces of paper and possibly use them for wrapping paper sometime too.
This post is part of Works for me Wednesday!

12 comments:

Jansen Family said...

This is a really fun craft!! I haven't done it since last summer, but we loved it. Nice post and great instructions!

~Carla

Sue said...

What a great idea for cards and wrapping paper. Your directions with the pictures are very clear.

Counter Height Dining Table said...

Kids will have doing this. This is a great idea for cards. Fabulous post, love it!

Elizabeth said...

I have never heard of this! I love it! I love messy crafts! :)

Kristin said...

WOW!That is soo cool. My guys will love that! Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

This is definitely on my to-do list with my boys when it's warm enough outside! That looks so fun and super easy.

Melinda said...

A ruler works really great to get the shaving cream off in one swipe. Super fun craft!!

Counter Height Dining Table said...

Kids will have doing this. This is a great idea for cards. Fabulous post, love it!

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