Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shaving Cream Painted Easter Egg Cards

I can't believe we have never tried shaving cream painting!  This was so much fun and the results were really amazing.  I wasn't sure how messy of a project it would be, so Little J did it first.  It really wasn't much mess at all, so Sassyfras and Juiciness will do it later too.
shaving cream painting, Easter

We've pulled out some of our Easter books to go along with this craft.  Sassyfras and Juiciness still love Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke and Peter Rabbit's Easter.  I think this will be the year that Little J and I read the Easter story from the Bible.  Until now, we've read children's versions of the story.

Shaving cream painting, Easter arts and crafts kids

You will need:
A tray of some sorts
Shaving cream
Cardstock or construction paper
Acrylic paints
Squeegee
A toothpick, paintbrush, or spoon (something to swirl the paint)

Shaving cream painting, Easter arts and crafts kids

Squirt enough shaving cream on the tray to cover the surface.  Spread it around to make the surface relatively even, it won't be smooth. 


Shaving cream painting, Easter arts and crafts kids

Once you have your shaving cream on the tray, squirt some acrylic paint onto it.

shaving cream painted Easter eggs

Then using a toothpick, paintbrush, spoon, or something similar, zigzag gently though the paint to give it a marbled effect.


Using cardstock, I cut out egg shapes for Little J to paint.  We also tried a few pieces of construction paper that worked just fine too.

 

Press your paper into the paint/shaving cream and let it sit for a few seconds. 

shaving cream painting, Easter arts and crafts kids

Remove the paper by lifting it straight up.  Let the paint/shaving cream sit on the paper for a couple of minutes before squeegeeing it off the paper. 



Gently and smoothly squeegee the shaving cream off the paper.  It will remove the shaving cream, but not the paint. 


shaving cream painting, Easter arts and crafts for kids

Once these eggs dried, Little J wrote notes to his grandparents and a couple of cousins.  I have pictures of the kids that we are going to attach and then send them as our Easter cards.

Post blog note:  I was just doing some blog hopping and found that Jamie at Hands on As We Grow did a very similar project this week.  I hadn't read her post before we did this project and I posted.  Jamie has used her son's artwork to make a really cute Easter tree.  You can see her great post here.


92 comments :

Christy said...

Every time we do this, I have to do it too. It's so much fun. We have made birthday cards using this technique; I love the Easter egg cards!

Kelly said...

Yes! You're right Christy, I just had to do one too. My husband was home and I think he would have been in the middle of it all too if he weren't already busy with his own project.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

I love shaving cream marbling! I've done a smaller version of this a few years ago! I LOVE IT!

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

I'm sharing this on my FB page!!!!

jen at paintcutpaste.com said...

shaving cream marbling is one of my favorite and most satisfying activities! we painted some a couple years ago that i'm *still* using as wrapping paper and cutting up for greeting cards:
http://paintcutpaste.com/marbled-paper/
time to do it again and i love your idea of doing it on easter eggs - perfect and springy! thanks for sharing!

Raising a Happy Child said...

This look fantastic! I definitely should try shaving cream paints on card stock.

Wonder Mom said...

Bonus: If I use my husband's shaving cream, the house will smell like him when we are through with the activity...

(Is it weird that I like that smell?) ;0)

Bright Ring said...

We used to do this in the 70s believe it or not, back in my funny little classroom of grade two kids. How they loved it!! I had forgotten about it. Yours turned out so perfect and beautiful!!!!!!

Bright Ring, art book author MaryAnn Kohl said...

I forgot to add that liquid watercolors work really well for this too. Don't you just love wonderful art projects?

LocalFunForKids said...

Oooh... so pretty. I've never done shaving cream art before, but it looks like so much fun. I think I'll have to crack open my new poster paints! Thanks for linking up with Fun for Kids Friday : )

Jenny said...

We have to do this. I've always wanted to, but I never have shaving cream.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter did this during a library storytime but I've never tried it. Thanks for all the detailed directions. The eggs are gorgeous.

Deb said...

THanks. I've heard of shaving cream painting but never been able to work out how to do it!

Holly said...

I love this idea! Will definetely be doing this with my little one!
Thanks for sharing.

Elle Belles Bows said...

Wow! It turned out so well! Very pretty!

Kerri

Anonymous said...

Your eggs are beautiful! If you put 1 part glue in shaving cream you can actually leave the shaving cream on to dry and will end up with the beautiful swirled colors plus a puffy/spongy effect. Drawback would be they wouldn't keep forever.

Preschool Crafts said...

I think these are so pretty. Very cute idea to do Easter eggs and use them as cards. Fun, cant wait to try this.
Angela
http://www.daycareheadquarters.com

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

What great results!

Laura said...

Those turned out so pretty. We've done the shaving cream painting before and it was a hit, but I'd used food coloring instead of paint. I LOVE the idea of acrylic paints, you can get so much more variety and have a better range of colors.

Laura@ComeTogetherKids

EmilyM said...

The eggs are beautiful! I am going to have to try this. Looks like so much fun!

RedTedArt said...

Oh wow! These look gorgeous! They turned out so well and I bet your kids had lots of fun!!!!!


Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty - lovely to see you there!

Maggy
PS shame I didn't see them sooner, they would have been perfect for Easter Get Crafty!!!
http://www.redtedart.com/2011/04/01/easter-get-crafty/

Judy Bagwell said...

The eggs are beautiful! I remember doing this when I was a kid.

Mama Pea Pod said...

Brilliant! I'm sharing it on my Facebook page right now :-) www.facebook.com/mamapeapod
This will be a great activity for our Easter Egg Hunt party this year - fun for all ages!

Abbie said...

Saw this on FB from Mama Pea Pod! Great activity. And they turned out so cute. Love it.

Jamie @ hands on : as we grow said...

Thanks for linking to my post too!

I love how your eggs turned out! And I like that you cut the egg shapes out beforehand. Your colors are so bright! We'll have to try paint next time and not just food coloring.

Great idea for cards!

Ticia said...

And I was just thinking I wanted to start making our Easter projects.

google said...

We did this with butterflies! I loved doing it and so did my kids! I should have left the shaving cream on longer to get the vibrant colors! FANTASTIC. Here's our butterflies: http://blog.gummylump.com/2011/02/hanging-butterfly-designed-with-shaving.html

Jennifer said...

I love these! I love using shaving cream for projects and this is a great idea!

Erin said...

This is absolutely awesome! I'll have to do this with my kids!!!

radn said...

I had never heard of this technique before!

Love how the eggs turned out!

I am having a giveaway on my blog. $20 store credit from My Carrie Creations to get a backpack with your kids fav character ( fancy Nancy, princessses, buzz light year, mcqueen and more). Check it out.
http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/03/20-store-credit-from-my-carrie.html

kelly said...

i am a preschool teacher and didn't know about this! so pretty!

Ladybird Ln said...

What a great idea, they turned out beautiful, who would have thought!

Carlee,
www.ladybirdln.com

Cami said...

I've got to try this with my kids. Thanks so much for posting it and linking it up so I could see it. I struggle trying to think of art things to do with my kids, so I'm always grateful for inspiration of this kind.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

I just bought shaving cream to do this after seeing your post. :)

Kristina said...

This is awesome!

phasejumper said...

Super cute craft! So nice of you to mention the other lady too!

Sherri said...

This is a ton of fun! We love this technique...I think we will be copying you this year! LOVE IT!

Faith said...

What a great idea!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Those are so pretty! What an awesome idea!!!!

Ani said...

That's such a neat idea. I'll be bookmarking it, perhaps I'll do it with my brothers when they come over for easter :)

jfb57 said...

This is brilliant & could be done in a classroom! Hi, i'm Julia & found you via Red Ted Art who thought you might like to link over at the Resource Centre. It's a space for ideas for teachers. I do hope you will be able to pop over! http://bit.ly/dLwwDC

Julia

artsy_momma said...

So cool-looking!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Great project, I like how vibrant the colors turned out. I've done shaving cream paint projects before but using the powdered paints and those always turn out more muted. I like how bright these are, I may have to switch over techniques. Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Soiree!

Meryl said...

What a cool project and great idea. It looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!!!

I am so glad I found you on the blog hop. I look forward to reading about many more.

Emily said...

I haven't done the shaving cream thing in a really long time. I think it might be time to play with shaving cream again, my youngest will love it! Thanks for the inspiration domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

gatesofgrace said...

This is my big craft this year with my kids. I cannot wait to try it out!

http://gatesofgrace.wordpress.com/the-gates-family-circus/here-comes-peter-cottentail/

ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative said...

After seeing your suggestion on the link party I was really excited to head out for the supplies for this project. The kids and I did it today and we all had lots of fun! Thanks.

Simone said...

my son will love you for posting this link and love me for finding your blog. {well I had help finding it} but he doesn't need to know that. haha

thanks and I will be popping in again :)

Marielle said...

Thanks so much for sharing, just did this with a 3 year old. And we had a blast, it wasn't as messy as I thought it would be.

Cathy James said...

I love this idea - the eggs look fantastic! I spotted them in my reader and I'm so pleased you linked them up to the Play Academy - thanks for sharing :)

EmilyM said...

Just wanted to let you know we tried this and had so much fun. Thanks for sharing, I am linking to your post in my blog.

http://puppydogtails.blogspot.com/2011/04/marbled-easter-egg-garland.html

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

Thanks for linking this project up with For the Kids Fridays! I appreciate you stopping by, and hope to have you back for this week's party! I'll be posting it later tonight.

:)rachel at SunScholars.blogspot.com

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

You know... I think this one is worthy of a feature this week. I'll be giving you an A++ for this one at tonight's For the Kids Friday link party! Stop on by and grab a button!!! :)

Kelly & Ashley said...

I used to do this with my kindergarten class every year. The kids loved it. Featured on http://kidkapers.blogspot.com today as our Craft of the Week.

Art For Little Hands said...

Wow! So fun. I bet the kids love working with the shaving cream.

Michelle said...

SOOOOO Prett!!! I would love if you would link this activity up to my Made by Little Hands Monday linky part!!
Thanks so much!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

Sondra said...

Ok, after reading all of the comments I think I will try this with my kids. I love the way they turned out for you, just wasn't sure if I was brave enough to try it. I hope ours turn out as cute as yours.

Lisa said...

I can't wait to try it! I have used it as a link on my new site,
www.lovelifelovecraft.co.uk

ulltra said...

Looks fantastic

Anonymous said...

Gonna try this with my Kindergarteners! It looks like so much fun!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of fun... My daughter will love this.

Kayla said...

These are fabulous! We featured your lovely marbled Easter eggs at our blog, MPM School Supplies Blog, as part of our Easter showcase.

Here's the link if you'd like to check it out: http://blog.mpmschoolsupplies.com/3727/colorful-shaving-cream-easter-eggs/

By the by, I've been looking for some fun things to do with my preschool class at church, and I know they will just LOVE tackling this project! Thanks :]

Kayla

Brenda said...

I loved the activity but mine didn't turn out quite as pretty. I think i used too many colors. I chose 4 colors and next time I will only do at most 3. Make sure I don't use colors that turn brown when mixed together! (My mistake).

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

Hi Brenda,

Oh, the old all colors turn brown problem. I looked back at some of our projects, because I know we use several colors, to see how we did them. It looks like when the colors were mixed, no more than two or three colors mixed. So, I bet you could use four colors, so long as only 2-3 mix with each other. I hope it was at least fun.

Kelly

Happy Home Fairy said...

FEatured this AMAZINGNESS at Happy Home Fairy today!!! THank you for always bringing so many egg-citing crafts and ideas to us all!

omiom said...

I am so doing shaving cream marbling tomorrow with my two years old
class. Can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Could this be done on wood? Has anyone ever tried it?

Angela Machelle Keen said...

Wondering if this would work with boiled eggs as well as it did on the cardstock. Anyone tried it?

Audrey said...

Are the acrylic paints what makes the colors turn out so bright? I did these with the kids at daycare and I loved the way they looked, the colors were bright in the shaving cream but then light on the paper, but we just used washable paint.

Kelly at Little Wonders' Days said...

Anonymous- I haven't tried wood before. I think I'll try with a small wooden cutout and see what happens.

Angela- I haven't tried it on real eggs either, but wouldn't that be pretty if it worked. We tried the dudley spinner a couple of years ago and that makes a pretty marble effect.

Audrey- Yes. We've experimented with paints and paper and have found that cardstock and acrylic paint make the most vibrant colors. However, I think for young kids that you did the right thing by using washable paints. They are very pretty, just not as bright.

Here is our link where we tried washable paints. We did the Rainbow Fish.

http://littlewondersdays.blogspot.com/2011/06/we-read-rainbow-fish-and-did-shaving.html

Growing a Jeweled Rose said...

Oh wow! I love these!

Candice said...

I'm sooo going to do this with my little guy. Looks like a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

We did this today.. Had so much fun.. We added glidder to the paint.

Heather said...

I did this as part of an art activity for a preschool story time at the library I work at and everyone loved it! It wasn't even that messy. I don't have nice plastic trays but cheap foil baking pants did the trick! Thanks for sharing this.

Anonymous said...

I have done this with kids and I have just used food coloring and put shaving cream on cheap paper plates. I just let the kids play for a while and tell them to me carefully not to over stir!

Kellie said...

this looks so fun!! thanks for sharing!

Ametlla said...

Genial!

AllenheartFabric/facebook said...

I just found this on pinerest. I love this project and can't wait to try it with my grandbaby! Thx so much! Very creative. :)

Mitzi said...

We have done this at preschool for many years. We use neon food coloring instead of paint. Works great!

hhackett2007 said...

Just tried this activity today with my 4 year old daughter and IT ROCKED!!!! The Easter eggs (card stock paper)turned out so COOL!!! I've never tried this before and we will, definitely, be doing shaving cream marble art with other activities in the future. So NEAT! Thank you for the idea!

Kelly said...

hhackett,

Wonderful! I'm so glad you all tried it and had fun. I'm always amazed at the outcome.

sarjoynz said...

My two and a half year old daughter and I tried this today. She was absolutely taken with the colours swirling through the shaving cream so I let her 'paint' her card with her hands and then squeggied the shaving cream off afterwards, while I did the Easter egg activity. The results were fantastic. A really neat way to make unique card and so easy to clean up afterwards too. I'm definitely keen to try this again :-)

Kelly said...

sarjoynz,

It sounds like a fun time. I love that you just went with it and let your daughter paint her card. This is one activity that I like doing just as much as my kids, lol!

Kelly

Mary Lynn said...

This fun project works well using coloured food dye. So much fun!

Brenda said...

Have you ever added glue to the shaving cream??? when the glue drys the shaving cream stays and its puffy...it's cool to do for clouds or snow men :)

Anonymous said...

We did this with the girl scout troop I used to help out with but we used food coloring and did the marbeling on real eggs. We had about 20 girls between 2nd-6th grade and they all loved doing it.

Kelly said...

Anon,
Thanks for sharing! I've never tried shaving cream painting on real eggs. Maybe we'll try it for Easter.

amylikesthis said...

Are the colours mixing?
I want to learn my class what happens when you mix colours trough this way.

Kelly said...

Hi Amy,

We haven't used this for specifically color mixing, but I would think it would work. I do know that if you mix too many colors it gets brown or gray, so be careful.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Shabby Baker said...

Wow, that was pretty awesome! I love the blending of colors and I will definitely try that this coming Easter.

Happy Easter!
Shabby xxx
Easter crafts for kids

Stacy Makes Cents said...

We just did this today and I think I had as much fun as my 5 year old! I have plans to use the paper for thank you notes. Thanks so much for a fabulous idea! :-)

Kelly said...

Thanks Stacy! Yes, I always have fun when we pull out the shaving cream and paint. Making thank you notes sounds like a fabulous idea!
Kelly