Shaving Cream Cards and Gift Wrap

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The twins will be starting at a new school in a few weeks. Their current teachers have been so amazing that we wanted to show our appreciation. We got them some gift cards, but I wanted to make them something special to remember the girls.  So we made some Shaving Cream Cards and Gift Wrap using shaving cream and food coloring. So let your legs be stubbly for a day and put that shaving cream to good use! When you are done with this activity, you can use the shaving cream for this Fine Motor Practice with Straws.

Shaving Cream Cards and Gift Wrap - It's easy for kids to make beautiful cards and gift wrap using marbled shaving cream.


If you don't want to use the good stuff, I can tell you that the dollar store sells shaving cream. Food coloring is one thing I have not found at the dollar store, but if you buy the store brand at the grocery store it will save you some money.

I was inspired for this fun project by Playing House.  I love the shaving cream art she created and I wanted to see if it would work for a greeting card.  So I got my nifty trays (purchased at Target for $1.99 and used for EVERYTHING) and loaded them up with some shaving cream.  You can also use those metal food trays which they do have at the dollar store.  

Then I added some food coloring to the mess and let the kids stir with a Popsicle stick.  B does not like to get her hands dirty and even touching the shaving cream with the Popsicle stick was a big step for her.  She complained a bit but quickly got over it.  A jumped right in and enjoyed watching the colors mix.

child playing with shaving cream

shaving cream activity

The girls were very enthusiastic about mixing the colors, so I had to slow them down so we could do our prints.  If you mix the food coloring in completely you will just end up with a piece of colored paper and not colorful swirls.  The prints are easy peasy to do.  I used card stock since I wanted to make greeting cards, but I did the project alone first, and had no problems with copy paper.  So whatever floats your boat.  

Place the paper over the shaving cream and pat.  B really enjoyed this part.

diy greeting cards

When we lifted the prints off, the girls were so excited to see the pretty colors they had created.  I let them dry for 10 minutes.

shaving cream on cards

After 10 minutes I used a Popsicle stick to scrape off the excess shaving cream.  I also invented the "Scrape Song" (my apologies to KC and the Sunshine Band).  "Scrape, scrape, scrape.  Scrape, scrape, scrape.  Scrape your shaving cream.  Scrape your shaving cream."  I didn't know what I started with that one.  A and B started dancing to it and made me sing it for each picture I scraped.  Not my proudest moment.

When you remove the layer of shaving cream you are left with these gorgeous marbled prints that feel super soft.

cards made with food coloring and shaving cream

I added some stickers and a photo of the girls to the front and voila, you have an inexpensive, original greeting card.  

kid made cards

I mentioned earlier that I tried out the project alone before I did it with the girls.  This is something I learned while teaching.  You don't know what can go wrong unless you do a test run first.  I don't do it for all my projects, but the mess factor was high for this one so I thought it would be wise. What I discovered was that this project is a lot of fun for an adult too.  I just used plain copy paper and it came out so pretty I thought I would try wrapping a present with it.

shaving cream gift wrap

As an added bonus, when we were done making our prints A started touching the shaving cream with her hands.  When B saw that her sister didn't melt, she thought she would give it a try too. They played with the colored shaving cream for another 15 minutes and let mommy clean up! Here is B, who if you can believe it, hates getting her hands dirty.  So proud of her for overcoming this sensitivity!  Of course she was not pleased to discover upon washing her hands that they still had a tinge of green.  Oh well, it's a start.

sensory play

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39 comments:

  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog following you back. I love painting with shaving cream we just did it last week. Love the idea of the cards and wrapping paper

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  2. Jessica, It's so fun, isn't it?

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  4. What a seriously fun time - wow!!

    Thanks for following me - definitely following back :)

    If you ever want to share any tips for or fun ideas for another blog I run - please let me know! The blog is Baby Pickel. Let me know if it would interest you at all - shoot me an e-mail! :)

    Happy Tuesday! Again - thanks for the follow!

    <3-Cami from First Day of My Life

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  5. What a terrific project! I know my kids are going to love it. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  6. What a great idea! Looks like they had lots of fun :)

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm now following you back :)

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  7. Great blog! You are very creative... I'm taking notes LOL. New follower from the hop.
    www.mommyhoodsdiary.com
    Have a great week!

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  8. Cami, thanks for the follow. I will definitely look into it, thanks for thinking of me.

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  9. Jill, I think it would work for kids of all ages. Even over 30. :-)

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  10. Oriana, thank you so much for the kind words and for the follow!

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  11. Love this! It's an awesome idea that I will have to try with the Toddler ;)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am your newest follower!

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  12. I am your newest follower. Would love a follow back at www.the-mommyhood-chronicles.com. Txs

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  13. Ashley, they had a great especially when they stopped being afraid of getting messy.

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  14. Act Fast Chef, Thank you for the visit. Come back often!

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  15. Thanks Melissa, I can't wait to check you out!

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  16. Wow... what a GREAT idea!!! I absolutely HAVE to try this with my kids! My son is ALL BOY and loves to make a mess, so he would just have a blast with this activity! And then we could just toss the kiddos in the bath afterwards, which they'd love too!

    Hehe! I'm stopping by to thank you for commenting on my blog, Misadventures in Motherhood, and to return the follow! I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

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  17. Hey again -- I just wanted to let you know that I loved this post SO MUCH that I Stumbled it for you! If you're not familiar with StumbleUpon, it helps drive traffic to websites, so hopefully you'll get some new visitors dropping by and checking it out!

    Smiles, Jenn @Misadventures in Motherhood

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  18. Neat idea! I'm a homeschool Mom, but I'm not so great with the hands-on stuff, especially if it's messy. We tried papier mache last year and it was stressful for all of us. We were putting the strips on balloons (to create the earth x3) and it started to seem like a lot of work. LOL! Painting the earth(s) blue and green was more fun!

    Thanks for the follow from Give a Hoot! :)

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  19. How fun!!

    Thanks so much for visiting! I am now your newest follower! Looking forward to getting your updates!
    Karissa

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  20. What a great site! I have been looking for some ideas to keep my littlest busy during school time for my olders. You have great ideas! Thanks a lot!

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  21. Jenn, thank you so much for your kind comments and for stumbling me. Is that the term? I am new to this whole blogging thing and had no idea what that was, but it seems like I should learn!

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  22. Cara, I get stressed when B freaks out about getting dirty so I was happily surprised when that didn't happen. Crafts should not be stressful but someone needs to tell the little ones that!

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  23. Karissa, thanks for the visit!

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  24. Thank you Jessica! Hope you find some useful stuff here.

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  25. Shaving cream? Who would have thought. I'd never ever think of using shaving cream to make wrapping paper. Fun!

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  26. Jessica, the paper turns out really soft too which makes sense when I think about it.

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  27. AWESOME. I'm pinning this idea. I'm your newest follower.

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  28. Amanda! Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

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  29. Such great ideas! I'm going to try the shaving cream idea. I have a 2-year-old and she loves arts and crafts.

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  30. I did something similar to this for Father's Day - but without the shaving cream. I put Bubba (4 months old then) in his Johny Jumper and painted his feet...when he bounced around his prints got onto the paper - it turned out so cute! With Lulu, I just painted her hands and let her rub them on the paper...did I mention she HATES getting dirty?! It was quite the show!

    Also - I find myself singing that same song...though, my version goes - shake, shake, shake...shake, shake, shake...shake your bottle (when mixing formula)!

    WM

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  31. Beatnikki, I bet she would love this!

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  32. Working Mommy, I've been there! Love your creative foot painting idea. Must have turned out cute.

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  33. Just love this project. How special - handmade gift wrap!

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  34. Carmie, thanks! I just love all your ideas.

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  35. Love this idea! We've been making greeting cards with the boys' paintings for years, but I've never tried the shaving cream!

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  36. Tina, so much you can do with shaving cream!

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  37. Isn't this just the most fun! I love your cards and wrapping paper.

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  38. What a wonderful, practical idea!

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