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Shaving Cream Marbling

Shaving Cream Marbling

shaving cream marbling

DIY Shaving Cream Marbling Art for Kids to Make

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Beautiful marbled trinket dishes

No doubt, the easiest, cheapest, and best homemade marbled crafts are done with shaving cream marbling. This marbling method is one of my all-time favorite art activities. You’ll never get tired of it and you’ll keep returning to it repeatedly over the years because everyone can do it…and I mean EVERYONE! It’s one of those craft projects everyone loves because there is no wrong way to do it. I’ve tried out shaving cream marbling using unglazed ceramics, cardstock and fabric. So it’s time to get ready for some messy fun!

You’ll need to decide which object you want to marble. Personally, I think cardstock is the best place to start. Practice making several prints so that you can see which colors work best together. It is best to practice on a piece of paper first so that you can get a feel for the material. Once you’ve decided on what you like best, move on to something like an unglazed* ceramic piece or fabric.

*glazed ceramic pieces do NOT work. The shaving cream needs a porous material in order for the ink to really sink in.

What you’ll need:

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Before starting, be sure to put on gloves and a smock. Cover your table or surface – liquitex inks stain!


  1. Create a layer of shaving cream

First, grab some shaving cream and spray a layer to cover the bottom of your baking dish, cookie sheet, foam tray, or plate. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Perfection is the enemy of creativity! Level it out as much as you can using either a popsicle stick, spoon or spatula.

Art teacher spraying shaving cream on a cookie sheet
Add shaving cream to a shallow tray; styrofoam tray, plastic tray, or baking sheet.
Art teacher leveling out the shaving cream with a piece of paper
Level it out using either a piece of cardboard or a popsicle stick

2. Add color

Add several drops of liquitex acrylic inks to the surface of the shaving cream. (I have tried other paints like liquid watercolor and acrylic paint, but the inks definitely work best with the shaving cream because the color remains vibrant and saturated) Feel free to add several colors of paint – but don’t overdo it! I typically drop 2-3 different kinds of liquitex acrylic ink onto the shaving cream (for an 8×11” tray I used about 5-6 drops of each color.

Art teacher using different colors of acrylic ink for marbled shaving cream art
Add several drops of each color

3.  Swirl the paint

The next step is the fun part. Grab a skewer like the kind you use for shish kebabs to swirl the paint around to create a marbled look. (You can also use the end of a paintbrush, craft stick, or chopstick).

Art teacher using a wooden skewer to swirl the different colors of acrylic ink to make shaving cream art
You can make your swirl designs in an organized fashion or you can just move in a circular direction to get the marbled effect.

4. Press the object into the shaving cream

Carefully roll the unglazed ceramics into the paint-covered shaving cream and let the shaving cream mixture sit for about 5 minutes. For flat objects, you can simply push the object into the foam. For bowls, you can scoop up your shaving cream and push it directly onto the unglazed ceramic piece.

*glazed ceramic pieces do NOT work. The shaving cream needs a porous material in order for the ink to really sink in.

art teacher making a shaving cream craft with a trinket dish
Place your object into the shaving cream and press

5. Rinse off

Take your masterpiece to the sink and wash off all of the excess shaving cream. Wash off your ceramics to reveal the beautiful art you’ve just created.

art teacher rinsing the excess shaving cream off the marbling project
RInse off all of the shaving cream to see your amazing results.

6. Repeat!

You can marble several pieces – this works with ceramics, natural fabrics, watercolor paper, and more. I encourage you to experiment with your marbling projects!  Keep adding different colors and see how they pop.

art teacher rinsing the excess shaving foam off the marbling project
rinse off all of the shaving cream

7. Seal

If you don’t love the way unglazed ceramics feel (sensory issues are real), I recommend sealing your piece with Mod Podge and a foam brush. I personally love the glossy Mod Podge, but it is personal preference as to what you like best! Let dry on wax paper or plastic tablecloth for 24 hours.

These shaving cream marbled trinket dishes make a great handmade Mother’s Day gift or Father’s Day gift. Check out this post for some more handmade gift ideas!