How To Make Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

Ready for some fun? The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than with some arts and crafts? One of the most enjoyable and versatile techniques you can try is paper marbling using shaving cream. It's such a fun activity that both kids and adults can join in on, allowing your imagination to run wild and create stunning marbled patterns with ease.

In this tutorial, I'll guide you through the step-by-step process of creating beautiful marbled paper using everyday materials like shaving cream and paint. Let's dive in and have some creative fun!

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream: DIY gift tags


  • Paper or cardboard
  • Shaving foam (unscented is best!)
  • Liquid watercolor/ Ecoline (see other paint options below the guide)
  • Small paint brushes for applying the paint
  • Scraper (a cake knife works fine)
  • Wooden grill skewer or toothpick

Guide to Paper Marbling with shaving cream

  1. Prepare a square dish, cake pan, or tray. I used A4 size paper, but feel free to use any size you prefer.
  2. Apply a generous layer of shaving foam to the bottom and smooth it out, ensuring there are no gaps.
  3. Drip your chosen colors onto the foam using brushes – add as many or few colors as you like.
  4. Create intricate patterns in the shaving foam. I found a grill skewer to be quite handy for this.
  5. Gently press a piece of paper or cardboard onto the foamy surface, ensuring it makes full contact. Let it sit for about 30 seconds.
  6. Remove the paper, ensuring it carries the foam along. Place it on a clean surface and scrape off the excess foam. I used the back of a cake knife. Make sure to wipe it clean after each scrape.
  7. Allow the paper to dry, revealing your mesmerizing marbled design.

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream: Guide

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream: Guide

What type of paint is best for paper marbling?

When it comes to paper marbling with shaving cream, you can use various types of paints. Water-based paints work best because they can easily blend and spread on the surface of the shaving cream. Here are some options you can consider:

Liquid Watercolors

Liquid watercolors are an excellent choice for marbling as they are highly pigmented and mix well with the shaving cream. They provide vibrant and beautiful results.

Food Coloring

Food coloring is a budget-friendly option that you may already have in your kitchen. It works surprisingly well for marbling and comes in a wide range of colors.

Acrylic Paints (Diluted)

If you don't have liquid watercolors or food coloring, you can use acrylic paints diluted with water to achieve a more fluid consistency suitable for marbling.

Ink or Ecoline

These are other options to consider, as they are designed to be used with water and can create stunning marbling effects.

The key is to use paints that can mix easily with the shaving cream and create beautiful patterns. Experiment with different colors and combinations to find what works best for your marbling project. Happy marbling!

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream: Guide to paint

Make gift tags with marbled paper

We used our marbled paper to craft lovely gift tags. The girls cut them freehand, while I used templates from my Christmas ornaments made from wallpaper scraps.

The joy of giving becomes even more special when you've personally created the gift tags and written a personal message. You can keep the gift tags simple with rectangular shapes, or let your creativity shine and cut them into charming Christmas motifs.

If you'd like to make classic gift tags featuring candy canes, bells, and hearts, you can download the templates for free here. Feel free to resize them as needed when printing.

I hope you have a wonderful time crafting and enjoy the festive season!

How to make marbled paper with shaving cream: Gift tags

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