Look at what Baby Chuck and I made the other day:
If you'd like to make your own marbled paper, keep reading: (Original recipe found here)
- baking tray
- heavier weight paper (we used watercolor paper, but I think card stock would be good too)
- craft paint (or maybe food coloring would work too?)
- shaving cream (white foam kind)
- old towel
- ruler/ unused credit card
1. Prep your area and child. Decide where you want to do the activity. Set up the materials beforehand. Cover your work area with something to protect it. Decide where you want to place the papers to dry. Place a towel near you so that you can easily wipe your hands. Place your ruler / unused credit card near you for easy access. (This is a pretty messy activity, so I recommend you plan things out first.)
2. Make sure your piece of paper is smaller than the baking tray.
3. Spray your shaving cream into the baking tray. Use your hands to smooth it around so that you have a nice even layer.
4. Add in random lines of craft paint. (We chose reds and yellow, but you could do all sorts of colors if you want.)
5. Use your fingers to swirl the paint around. (Note- You don't want a big blob of color. It looks prettier with swirls).
6. Place your paper into the tray so that it comes in contact with the shaving cream/ paint mixture. Lift the paper up. Wipe the excess shaving cream off the sheet with your ruler/ unused credit card. Don't let the shaving cream sit too long on the paper, otherwise your paper may get soaked and rip.
(Isn't it neat? Any parts of the paper that came in contact with the shaving cream will remain white while the parts that came in contact with the paint will get colored.)
7. Let your beautiful sheets dry. (Added bonus: They'll smell shaving cream sweet.)
(Sorry I didn't take any photos of the process. Chuck and I had fun doing the activity, but I had to keep a close eye on him so that he wouldn't eat the shaving cream.... or wipe it on himself or our couch.)
Update: I ended up making Chinese New Year envelopes out of the paper. They're unexpected, thrifty, and lovely.