This month's challenge was "Make It Your Own". So, what did I do? I took a craft that my mom does with her preschool class and made it my own. But, even though I turned this fun craft into a classy piece of home decor, this is still a GREAT craft to do with your kids. It's the perfect DIY if you want to get a little messy, but it has an easy clean up and the results are SO cool! I mean, who would have thought to use shaving cream as a medium to make a marble pattern?
- Wooden Tray (this one is actually considered a plaque, but serves my purpose!)
- Shaving Cream
- Black Ink (or watercolors)
- A ruler or a square
- A paint brush
- Paint or stain for your tray
- Mod Podge (I chose the dishwasher safe gloss)
- Leather scraps
- Screws and a drill
- A dropper
- Tiny jar or vessel to hold ink / paint
1 - Lay down a piece of parchment paper and cover an area the size of your card stock with shaving cream
2 - Use your dropper to disperse your color on top of the shaving cream
3 - Press your sheet of card stock into the shaving cream, moving it about
4 - Peel up your paper and set it on a fresh sheet of parchment paper
5 - Now you are going to squeegie the shaving cream and color off of the paper with your ruler or square
6 - Now I wanted a little more variation with my layers and shades, so I did this a second time, but used a more diluted mixture of ink and water. If you are using colors, you can do more than one color at a time and forego the repeat
7 - Once you have your pigment on your page the way you'd like, lay it flat and cover with something heavy to keep the edges from curling while it dries
8 - Next, paint or stain your tray while the page is drying
9 - Take your leather scrap and cut two strips to use as handles and screw into sides with a drill and small screws.
10 - Once your page is dry, cut to size and then Mod Podge the heck out of it!