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Easy Homemade Shaving Cream Paint for Kids • Kids Activities Blog

Let’s make fun shaving cream paint with the kids!

Preschoolers are going to love this fun homemade paint! Younger kids will love painting with it and making new colors. Older kids can use finer brushes to create fun artwork.

Kids will love making homemade shaving cream paint using shaving cream and tempera paint.
Make fun art with paint made from shaving cream and tempera paint.

Can you use shaving cream to paint? Absolutely! The paint will be a little foamy but if you turn the cups of paint upside down it won’t spill. So this is the perfect art medium for toddlers and preschoolers.

How to make shaving cream paint

We usually mix shaving cream with tempera paint as it has the smoothest consistency and is the cheapest! Use primary colors and then mix them together to create fun new colors, or use fun neon colors like we did!

You will need tempera paint and shaving cream to make shaving cream paint.
Gather shaving foam, tempera paint, and mixing supplies to make shaving cream paint.

Supplies needed to make shaving cream paint

  • Shaving foam
  • Tempera paint (preferably washable)
  • Small plastic cups for mixing
  • Popsicle sticks for mixing (optional)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paper

Instructions for making shaving cream paint

Follow our instructions below, check out our video, and don’t forget to print our easy how-to instructions.

Step 1 for making shaving cream paint is to put shaving cream into a plastic cup.
Fill about 1/3 of your cup with shaving cream foam.

Step 1

Take the cap off the shaving cream and have the kids squirt enough foam into the plastic cup so that it’s about 1/3 full.

Craft tip: We used 9oz plastic cups for this project.

Step 2 for making shaving cream paint is to add tempera paint to the shaving cream.
Add fun tempera paint colors to the shaving foam.

Step 2

Pour about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of tempera paint to the shaving cream, and then stir to combine completely.

Mix the shaving foam and tempera paint together.
Mix the tempera paint and shaving foam together to make these fun colors.

Craft tip: You can thin the shaving foam by adding a little more paint.

Grab a paintbrush and start painting with your colorful shaving cream.

Step 3

Start painting and making beautiful art with your colorful shaving foam. It will be a thick consistency as you can see above. We dabbed it on to create the seaweed and did a couple of layers to make the fish.

Use different sized paintbrushes , foam brushes, and even fingers for painting to see how the different methods turn out.

Craft tip: Make sure to put paper down before the kids start painting and have them wear an old shirt or art smock. Tempera paints don’t always wash out. If you are unsure whether yours will, cover up first.

Our finished shaving cream art
Artwork created by mixing shaving foam with tempera paint.
Pretty artwork created by painting with shaving foam and tempera paint.

Perks of using shaving cream paint

  • You can adapt the consistency making your paint good for either precision painting with a brush or finger painting.
  • It makes the paint go farther and hence you get more bang for your buck.
  • Nearly impossible to spill! You can hold the container of paint upside-down and the shaving cream will cause it to stick to the sides of the container. You won’t spill a drop!
  • Diluting the paint makes the colors more brilliant, almost neon, AND they are easier to clean/wipe up.
  • Your kids and artwork will smell good!

Prep Time
5 minutes

Active Time
5 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes


Estimated Cost


  • Shaving foam
  • Tempera paint (preferably washable)
  • Paper


  • Plastic cups
  • Paintbrushes
  • Popsicle sticks for mixing (optional)


  1. Fill the cup approximately 1/3 full with shaving cream. Note: We used 9oz cups.
  2. Add about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of tempera paint and mix to combine.
  3. Start painting.

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Have you made homemade shaving cream paint with your kids? How did it turn out?

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