Scented Marbled Candy Canes Craft

 

We love the shaving cream marbling technique so much that we use it for decorations for all seasons and occasions all the time, and we try to come up with variations each time. Our latest project was a scented marbled candy canes craft for Christmas – and it worked out great!

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

(E was 37 months old.)

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This project was a bit different in that we didn’t swirl the paint around after squirting it on top of the shaving cream. I actually didn’t expect E to go for it, since she’s so used to doing the swirling but she didn’t mind. The paint still got pushed around a bit while making the prints but I was amazed at how many striped sheets we ended up with. {I got the idea of doing stripes from Fun at Home with Kids’ Marbled Shaving Cream Candy Cane post – I thought it was interesting that it was the first time HER daughter used the technique, and she decided to make swirls after the first print when E didn’t 🙂 }

If you prefer, you can still swirl the paint around, it looks great either way.

As usual, E put the shaving cream on the tray

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

then added stripes of paint.

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

The rest of the process was the usual: Push down.

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

Wait. {This sometimes works and sometimes doesn’t – but it’s fine if your kid just pulls the paper right back up.}

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

Pull it away from the shaving cream and paint.

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

And admire the pretty print. {Shaving cream should totally dry like this, it would be so awesome!}

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

After the first two sheets, I remembered something… From the first time I’d thought of making a marbled candy canes craft, I’d always imagined it would be scented with peppermint. And now I had forgotten all about it!

I did have the peppermint oil on hand but since the shaving cream and paint were already in place, I was reluctant to mix it in. I ended up putting a few drops right on top of the shaving cream, just to see how it would work.

Unfortunately, the oil showed up as grease stains on the next sheets.

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

I touched up the spots I’d put the peppermint oil on with some shaving cream, and it worked fine after that. The grease stains also disappeared once the paper was dry.

Still, I strongly recommend adding the peppermint oil or extract to the paint before you get started. You could add it to the shaving cream but you’d have to make sure not to stir too hard and flatten the shaving cream too much – you wouldn’t have that concern if you mixed it into the paint. I’d also prefer the paint because unlike the shaving cream, it actually stays on the paper – your candy canes craft will be smelling great a lot longer!

Here’s a small selection of our prints – E didn’t want to stop and went through a LOT of sheets.

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

And of course they smelled delicious!

Every time we use this technique, I’m amazed by how each print is one of a kind!

 

Make a simple paper candy canes craft that smells delicious!

 

 

 

Have you tried adding scent to the shaving cream marbling technique? What’s your favorite candy canes craft? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

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