In my journey as a mum and blogger, I come across many beautiful art and craft projects. I remember the ones that look easy to do and are pleasing to the eye.

It’s beautiful and easy; surely you would think I would gather the simple materials together and do it the next day, or within the week at most.

Ah…. I surprise even myself. The lazy part of me procrastinates any attempt for months; and as I write this post, I discover it’s been more than a year since I have come across this particular art project.



Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream

I first came across the idea of creating marbled paper with shaving cream on Little Wonders’ Days’ Shaving Cream Painted Fall Leaves. I adore Autumn leaves and their painted Fall leaves were gorgeous. I fell in love with their blog and the idea of creating marbled paper with shaving cream.

A year passes, and one day I see shaving cream painting while we’re watching ABC4Kids’ PlaySchool. “Goodness gracious me,” I thought. “That looks like fun.” The idea of creating marbled paper with shaving cream resurfaces.

One afternoon, my preschool twins N and M were particularly restless. Normally they would pounce upon a chance to play with some shaving cream, but they had just played that yesterday so there was no pouncing so to speak.

It was finally time to create marbled paper with shaving cream.

Time: 30 minutes

Materials: shaving cream; food colouring (or washable paint); toothpick or skewer; paper or card stock; rectangular take away container lids (or something with a strong long edge).


Spray a generous amount of shaving cream into a long dish. Spread the shaving cream so that it covers the dish.


Place little droplets of food colouring (or washable paint) on top of the shaving cream. (We used food colouring and loved the vivid colours, but a note of warning – our hands were stained for about a day).

Using a skewer or toothpick, swirl the colours around gently.

Place the paper or cardstock on top of the shaving cream and press gently.


Lift the paper off the shaving cream and using the rectangular takeaway lid as a squeegee, gently scrape away the shaving cream.

Leave your beautiful marbled paper to dry.


It’s beautiful, easy… and the kids loved it.

Don’t procrastinate like me; make your marbled paper with shaving cream today, (okay… within the week).


N & M: 4 years, 4 months
October 2012


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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.

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