Bring it on shaving cream! Bring back the memories of shaving cream fights and pretend shaving with my dad. There’s a very nostalgic feeling to the smell of Barbasol. Good thing The Babe loves shaving cream activities. She pretty much asks to do something with it every day. Good thing a can lasts a long time, too. Unless, of course, you are playing the Empty the Shaving Cream Can game.
We were crazy behind on our thank you note list and I was all out of cute cards, so I decided to whip up some new paper. It’s a pretty fun process and makes for interestingly textured paper. It probably doesn’t last super well, but it’s good for a quick note.
What you need:
- paper (cardstock works best)
- shaving cream
- tray that fits your paper with a little extra room around it
- a big brush or sponge
- large popsicle sticks (uncolored works best)
- newspaper or other surface protecting sheets
Here are the steps:
- Spread the shaving cream out in your tray making sure you have a nice even, relatively thin layer.
- Put a few blobs of paint and swirl with a pospicle stick until you get to the desired color pattern. The more you swirl, the muddier the color gets, so use some restraint.
- Place paper in tray and gently press down.
- Carefully remove paper from tray and scrape excess shaving cream off with the side of a popsicle stick. Be sure to use plain sticks, not the colored ones or you will leave a streak of the stick color on your paper. (No picture of this step since I had to do the scraping instead of The Babe, but I’m guessing you get the gist of it.)
- Let paper dry on newspaper for a few hours or overnight before cutting and writing on the flip side.
Final step? Go bananas with the remaining shaving cream / paint mixture!!
I’d love to hear about your experiences making shaving cream paper. Leave me a note in the comments…