Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger
Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day.
- Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
- Paints in an assortment of colors
- Heavy card stock or construction paper
- Spatula or ruler
- Skewer or little fingers!
- Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child
1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper.
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette.
3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers.
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side.
5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream.
6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below!
From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece:
- Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
- Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
- Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
- A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor.