Kids Crafts: How to Make Shaving Cream Paint

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My daughter loves snow. She talks about it all the time. She even makes pretend snow angels in the middle of our living room floor. But, alas, we live in the south and very, very rarely see snow. Since she won't be enjoying a fresh snowfall any time soon, I decided to bring the "snow" to her in the form of a craft!

Kids Craft: How to Make Shaving Cream Paint

We did a little shaving cream painting. I thought the fluffy white shaving cream kind of looks like snow, and she did as well {win!}. Yes, I know they are not even close to being the same, but when your temperatures seldom get low enough for the real stuff, you sometimes have to use your imagination!

The steps are easy, and there is a lot of room for customization and variation. This craft can easily be adapted to fit any occasion or celebration.

Finished Shaving Cream Painting

How to Make Shaving Cream Paint


  • Shaving cream (it must be white)
  • Acrylic paint in several colors
  • Toothpick
  • Old loyalty card (or something else you can use as a scraper)
  • White cardstock (I cut mine into shapes using my Cricut. You can cut your paper into shapes as well or simply use the entire piece of paper.)
  • Brown cardboard box that water or soda is sold in


Start by squirting your shaving cream into your brown cardboard box
1. Start by squirting your shaving cream into your brown cardboard box. Raileigh had fun playing in it for a bit before we moved onto the next steps.

Putting acrylic paint and squirt lines of it on top of the shaving cream
2. Now, take your acrylic paint and squirt lines of it on top of the shaving cream. We chose to go with a rainbow of colors.  However, you can do only warm or cool colors, or even colors to fit with a certain holiday.

Swirling the paint with a toothpick
3. Take your toothpick and swirl the paint around a bit. It's going to begin to look slightly marbled. You can "marble" it as little or as much as you'd like.

Press cardstock into the shaving cream and paint
4. It is time for the fun to begin! Take a piece of your cardstock and gently press it into the shaving cream and paint. Make sure to press all of the sides down.

5. Carefully remove your cardstock from the shaving cream. It should have a mixture of shaving cream and paint stuck to it.

6. Take your "scraper" and scrape away the shaving cream. The paint stays behind, leaving a lovely marbled painted look on your paper.

7. Repeat several times. Your shaving cream and paint will eventually get kind of muddled. However, we were able to do this 10-12 times easily before that began to happen.

How to Make Shaving Cream Paint
I wanted to share a few things that you can do with your shaving cream art.

  • Cut your cardstock into ornament shapes and decorate the tree.
  • Use your painted shapes to create garland.
  • Using an entire piece of painted cardstock, fold it in half to make a card.
  • Hang it up as-is and enjoy!

As you're enjoying time inside this winter, probably watching the snow fall out your window, I hope you enjoy our faux-snow craft with a special child you love.

What crafts do you like to do to bring winter into your home?


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Desi is a Georgia girl currently located in South Carolina. She is a mom to one little girl and spends her time blogging at Wee Share, where she writes about her adventures in baking, crafts, and all about the products she loves. You can connect with Desi on Facebook and twitter.

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