Shaving Foam Painting

Learn the basics of color mixing while providing an interesting painting medium with colored shaving foam.
Shaving Foam Painting craft


  • Shaving foam
  • Food coloring or poster paint (red, yellow, blue)
  • Clear liquid glue
  • Small plastic bowls
  • Plastic spoons
  • Styrofoam board
  • Marker pens

Safety Tips

  • Colored shaving foam may be mistaken by children as something edible. Adult supervision is required especially with children under the age of three.
  • Keep the craft knife out of young children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Shaving Foam Painting Ask for an adult's help.1. Make a drawing board by cutting Styrofoam board to your desired size. A practical alternative is to use a small white board since you can draw and re-draw things on it.
Step 2 Shaving Foam Painting 2. Draw images on the board using a marker pen.
Step 3 Shaving Foam Painting 3. Prepare at least six bowls. Dispense some shaving foam on three of the bowls.
Step 4 Shaving Foam Painting 4. Add some clear liquid glue to the shaving foam.
Step 5 Shaving Foam Painting 5. Put a few drops of red food coloring or paint on the first bowl, blue on the second bowl and yellow on the third bowl. These are the three primary colors.
Step 6 Shaving Foam Painting 6. Stir the colored shaving foam thoroughly with a spoon.
Step 7 Shaving Foam Painting 7. To create secondary colors, transfer some colored shaving foam by pairs on the 3 remaining bowls: blue and red on the first, yellow and red on the second, and blue and yellow on the third bowl. Some kids would tend to combine the colors randomly so provide them with extra bowls for them to mix, discover and learn.
Step 8 Shaving Foam Painting 8. Mix each color combination thoroughly. The new colors you've made are called secondary colors. Blue and red make purple, yellow and red make orange, and blue and yellow make green.
Step 9 Shaving Foam Painting 9. Use the colored shaving foam to paint on the images you drew on the board. Dispense and spread the shaving foam on the images with a spoon.

For a more fun and messy experience, use your fingers. Your picture need not be perfect. Furthermore, you can always wipe off or wash off the shaving foam and start over.
Step 10 Shaving Foam Painting 10. Use your fingers or the tip of a spoon to add details like dots or lines.
Step 11 Shaving Foam Painting 11. When happy with your work, let your shaving foam painting dry completely. The colored shaving foam will dry to a smooth and cottony texture.