For the Love of Books: Marbled Paper Bookmarks

by , posted on January 28th, 2014 in Arts & Crafts, Kids DIY, Valentine's Day

marbled bookmarks - creative class Valentine's Day cards or teacher's gift

These beautiful bookmarks would make a wonderful gift anytime of year, but with a pretty pink and red palette and a blank side (perfect for writing a little love note) these marbled bookmarks are just right for Valentine’s Day. Kids will love creating the paper and I think these make the perfect teacher gift. Warning: once you learn this simple technique for marbling paper, you are going to want to marble everything!

You’ll Need:
White cardstock
Shaving cream
Acrylic paint in a few colors (we used red, pink, silver, and gold)
Something to scrape off the shaving cream (a bench scraper works great)
Scissors or paper cutter

Hole punch

Step one
Protect your work surface (this is a messy project). Fill a cookie sheet or shallow box with a layer of shaving cream.

Step two
Squirt lines of paint on top of the shaving cream.

prep your shaving cream

Step three
Use a skewer or toothpick to swirl the paint together. First drag horizontal lines across the shaving cream then swirl the paint a bit more every which way.

swirl the paint

Step Four
Gently press a piece of paper on to the shaving cream. Peel it off and set it on your covered work surface or another cookie sheet. Scrape the shaving cream off of the paper. Allow the paper to dry. Repeat this process until the paint all blends together. (We got about 5 sheets out of it).


Step Five
Cut the paper into 1 ½” wide strips. You might want to trim a little off of the top and bottom edges as well. We got 6 bookmarks from one 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper.

diy bookmark

Step Six
Optional: Punch a hole in the top and pull an 8″ length of ribbon half way through. Hold both sides of the ribbon together and tie a simple knot.

Step Seven
Optional: Write a sweet valentine message on the back of your bookmark. I’m partial to a good pun, “You’re tops in my book!”

valentine bookmarks

Happy Crafting, and if you become addicted to marbling, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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3 Responses to “For the Love of Books: Marbled Paper Bookmarks”

  1. Georgie Harrow Says:

    January 29th, 2014 at 10:18 am

    This is such a clever idea! Would never have thought of using shaving foam to make a marble effect, sure kids will love doing this :)

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