My experience in DIY Paper Marbling

BY Wita | 15/12/2015 | Creative Life
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I am so excited when I realised that marble pattern is making a hit. When I’m scrolling down on instagram, I can see marbled notebooks, phone cases, coasters, trivets and so many more. I’ve even purchased a faux-marble mouse pad from an online Australian store, Raquike. So one afternoon I was dreaming about having marble christmas ornaments, when I stumbled across this DIY Paper marbling tutorial by Honestly WTF. I decided to give it a try during my lunch break, and I made like 5 postcard sized marble paper in a flash.

DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

These are the materials that I used for this DIY:

A baking/roasting dish, shaving foam, metal ruler, silicone spatula, food colouring, masking tape (I didn’t have any, so I used my washi tape), some textured heavy weight paper (mine was 200 gsm), and paper towels which are not in the picture

This is a fairly messy project. The white table background I’m using in these photos are for visual aesthetic purposes only. In reality I had to do them on my kitchen bench by the sink, wearing a t-shirt that I don’t mind to get dirty in.

DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

First of all, I masked around the back of the paper with washi tape. Then I spray a thick layer of shaving foam into the baking dish. I put just around 3 small drops of the food colouring onto the layer of foam.

DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

If you have ever baked a marble cake before, you will think that this step is pretty similar, only messier than cake batter. In fact, my husband came to me and said “why don’t you make a marble cake instead?” Ha!
I basically fold the foam with the spatula until I get the swirly colour pattern on the foam. Don’t overmix because you need some parts of the paper to still be white.

DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

I press the paper into the foam, with the washi tape side facing up. When I took it out for the first time, I thought I had screw this up. It didn’t look quite marble-y. Now, this is my most favourite part of this project. It’s when I use my metal ruler to scrape away the foam from the paper. It was really exciting to see the end result!DIY Marbled Christmas Paper Ornaments | DESIGN IS YAY!

There are so many uses that you can do with your marbled paper. You can make DIY cards, seating card or paper ornaments. Let me your ideas in the comments!