How to Make Marbleized Paper With Shaving Cream

See how easy it is to turn plain paper into colorful, expensive-looking marble stationery.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Paper marbling is such a fun technique. Sure, it is typically a kids craft but speaking from personal experience, it is great for crafty adults too. Not just fun, but the gorgeous results will work for Valentine’s Day hearts, wedding invitations and or just plain notepad and envelopes. You probably already have the supplies hanging around the house, so what are you waiting for!

Check out this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins all about marbling with shaving cream.  You can see the techniques in action.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins


  • shaving cream
  • cardstock
  • spatula 
  • bamboo skewer
  • food coloring
  • ruler

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Fill a shallow dish with shaving cream and smooth flat.  White foam cream (not gel) works best. If working with very small children that still put their hands in their mouth, consider using whipped cream instead.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Sprinkle food coloring onto the shaving cream surface.  Using a spatula gently fold the mixture.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Add a second color and run a bamboo skewer or pointed object through the colors dragging gently through the shaving cream.  Make sure there are no blank spaces but also do not muddle the colors too much.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Place the cardstock into the shaving cream pressing gently. Pull up the paper and scrape off the excess shaving cream with a ruler in one continuous movement to reveal the marbling. Allow it to dry.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

The fun part is putting your gorgeous new paper to use.  Write letters, cut out shapes for a banner or use the pieces in your mixed media art.  Experiment using other color mediums such as watered down paint, liquid watercolor and dye.

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