Marbled Fall Leaves

Marbled Fall Leaves

This fun activity features a technique using shaving cream and food coloring to create a marbled effect on some pretty paper leaves for fall. It also leaves the paper smelling nice, too!

3 - 9
Est. Time:
<1 hour

How we did it:

Materials List

  1. printable (printed on cardstock)
  2. tray
  3. shaving cream
  4. food coloring (yellow, red, green)
  5. scissors
  6. toothpicks
  7. paper towels
  8. cardboard
  1. Start by printing out the leaves printable on cardstock. Next, cut out your leaves (V.'s not quite old enough for scissors yet--but of course this is a step that slightly older kids can do on their own). Then gather all materials and tools for the project.

  2. Squirt shaving cream in your tray. (This is a fun but messy part to let your child do). Have your child use the cardboard or spreader to spread out the shaving cream so it covers the entire tray.

  3. Next, have your child squirt the food coloring onto the shaving cream. Use all the colors covering the entire shaving cream canvas with drops. This was a favorite of V's; She loved squirting the colors on the shaving cream canvas.

  4. Using the skewer or toothpick, have your child swirl the food coloring around the shaving cream to create swirls of color. V loved swirling together all the pretty colors.

  5. Next, have your child place the leaves down into the shaving cream.

  6. Be sure to press down all the corners so that the paint gets on the entire leaf.

  7. Once the leaves have been pushed down, covering one side of each leaf, carefully remove them from the shaving cream.

  8. Lay out leaves (shaving cream side up) on a paper towel. Have your child hold down the leaf and then gently wipe off the shaving cream from each leaf.

  9. And this is the best part - the beautiful marbleized effect that appears under the shaving cream! V was super excited to see the final result. There was lots of oohing and aahing!