Shaving Cream Marble Painting

This is a fantastic activity to do at home with your children – big and small. I really enjoyed it too and once the kids had had enough, I got in and made some patterns of my own.

The process is very simple yet very effective. The possibilities are endless with the colours and patterns you can make.

I have tried this with food colouring and acrylic paint as it was what I had at home. I assume most of you with children will have access to these too, and I wanted to make this as cost effective as possible. They both worked really well. The only purchase I made was the shaving cream as I didn’t think my husband would be too impressed if I used all of his…

What you need

  • Oven tray (one per child)
  • Shaving cream
  • Spoon
  • Food colouring (or paint works too)
  • Eye droppers
  • Skewer/Stick/Paddle Pop Stick/ Toothpick/Fork (something for swirling through the shaving cream)
  • Paper
  • A scraper of some sort – I used a piece of wood until I found a glass scraper. A ruler works too.
  • Oh… and some children to join the fun 

Shaving Cream Marbling - what you need

What to do

  1. Set out the oven trays and spray with shaving cream.   This is the fun part and the kids enjoy spraying it themselves – if they can.   Using the back of a spoon, spread out the cream to cover the base of the tray.

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - step 1

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - use a spoon to spread it out

  1. Use the eye droppers to drop your food colouring onto the shaving cream. The kids can do this step easily and independently. I told my kids to use the droppers gently so they got little dots of colour all over the pictures. I had a cup of water handy to wash out the droppers before adding the next colour. If you are using paint, add little splodges of colour to your shaving cream.

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - drop food colouring or paint into the shaving cream

  1. Grab your swirling stick (skewer, toothpick, garden stick, fork etc) and make patterns in your shaving cream. Whether your kids are minimalist or over the top, the patters will look amazing.

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - swirl the paint around the shaving cream

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - swirl the paint around the shaving cream

  1. Place the paper down onto the shaving cream and press down gently to make sure the pattern transfers onto the paper.

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - place paper gently over shaving cream

  1. Gently peel back the paper and lay it on the ground or other flat surface. Use the scraper to scrap off the shaving cream to reveal your gorgeous pattern underneath. Note: you can re-use the shaving cream to make another pattern. Leave it as is or add some more colour, it is up to you. When you are done, just wash out the tray and start again!

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - gently peel back the paper

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - scrape shaving cream off

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling - scrape shaving cream off

  1. Leave pictures to dry then you are free to use your paper for whatever you like. These are some of the things we did with our patterns:

Fun for kids - shaving cream marbling -  allow to dry

Shaving cream marble painting

 Other Ideas

  • Make cards for family and friends
  • Cut outs and collage
  • Name plaques
  • Artwork for the wall (they look great in a frame)
  • Book covers

The Process in Pictures

Shaving Cream Marbling

More Painting Projects

Balloon/Acrylic Paint Canvas

Triad Watercolour Tree

Canvas Artwork Ideas

Paint Rose Petals

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Amanda started on this journey when her 3rd child was born, and feeding a family of 5 became even more of a challenge with three children under 3 1/2 years of age! She started working on a list of recipes that were simple and affordable that she could make ahead of time so she wasn’t stuck in the kitchen at 5pm when the household duties kicked up a notch. Amanda’s goal is to create simple meals that anyone can cook and enjoy without spending hours in the kitchen. Her recipes are perfect for that busy weeknight dinner, snacks to fill the lunch boxes or for students learning to cook. It’s simple home cooking at its best to free up your time to enjoy the fun things in life — your kids! Check out her cookbooks at and her Simple Home Cook Facebook page here:

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  1. Aasia says

    I looooove this. Remember making marbling calendars myself when I was at school but this is so simple and effective. Can’t wait to try at home with my almost 3 year old who loves paint and also in the classroom when im back at work! Thanks for the fab idea …shaving cream hey..who knew?!

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