DIY Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream


DIY Paper Marbling is so fun and simple. The supplies are no sweat to gather and the results are always totally stylish. This craft is easy, fun, and inexpensive. It makes gorgeous stationery. Use it to write a letter to a friend and style up your mail game.

Or use it as a piece of art by framing it and hanging it! It’s totally up to you.

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All you need are a few simple supplies:

This DIY Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream Kit 


Cardstock or Thick Paper
13 x 9 inch pan (disposable is best)
Shaving Cream
Food Color in gorgeous colors
Silkscreen Squeegee


First, make a layer of shaving cream in your 13 x 9 inch pan. It only needs to be thick enough to swirl with the food color. Then make little drops of food coloring. I’m a big fan of just using one color or using similar colors. The swirls will create it’s own light and dark qualities. Part of the paper will be rich with color and other parts will be light and wispy. So it creates it’s own ombre.

This is why I don’t blend a lot of colors together.


Use the end of a paint brush, a toothpick, or a skewer – basically anything thin to create swirls of color through the shaving cream.


This is what the food color and shaving cream mixture looks like. It looks like a bit of a mess but don’t worry – your paper will look very different.


Now take your paper and press it gently along the surface of the shaving cream mixture. And pull it right back off.


It’s best to set it down along paper towels or anything that you can clean easily. Use a squeegee to scrape the shaving cream off in one direction. A silk screen squeegee really is ideal but a ruler can also work. If you are using anything that’s not meant for squeegee’ing – like a knife or a ruler be sure to be gentle. It’s easy for the squeegee to make streaks that aren’t as attractive.

Pretty amazing swirls of color! Viola Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream! So what’s the tape for? Well, you can tape the paper before you press it into the shaving cream to make edges, borders, patterns and more! It’s perfect if you want to make your marbled paper into a greeting card or if you’d like to frame it!


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2 thoughts on “DIY Paper Marbling with Shaving Cream

    • Brittany Bly says:

      Great question: I would recommend using pre-printed paper from a copy shop. Otherwise, wait to write on the paper until after you’ve completed the marbling technique and it’s dry.

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