Marble lovers, rest easy: the marble trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon. From event decor like marbled wedding cakes to home decor like stylish desk stationary, marble is everywhere! This minimal yet sophisticated design is a luxurious look, for any occasion.
Luckily this stylish look can be achieved on a low budget and it’s not hard to make on your own. The nature of marble is random and natural, so it’s a breeze to recreate. Even the least experienced DIYer can give it a shot! All you need is a few household items to get creating your own wall art, stationery, wrapping paper, and more.
To get you started, FTD has a tutorial on how to make marbled paper. Once you’ve completed the 7 easy steps and see how easy it is, you’ll want to marble everything. For inspiration on what to marble we’ve included style ideas and color palettes to try.
What you need:
- Shaving cream
- Colors – watercolor, acrylic paint or food coloring
- Baking sheet
- Cardstock paper
- Scraper (a ruler will do)
Step 1: Fill the baking sheet with foaming shaving cream.
Step 2: Use your scraping tool to smooth down the shaving cream. This will help the color soak into your paper more evenly.
Step 3: Add your colors! We recommend using no more than four colors to prevent mixing. Good color combos typically include a neutral color like gray, a pop of color like peach or purple, and a metallic accent color.
Step 4: Swirl your colors with the end of a paintbrush or toothpick. Don’t mix too much or the colors will just blend together.
Step 5: Lightly press your paper into the shaving cream. Once you’re sure the whole surface is covered, pull the paper away. Don’t let the paper sit longer than a minute or your paper will get soaked.
Step 6: Use your scraper to scrape off the extra shaving cream right away.
Step 7: Let your paper dry for an hour. Placing it on a cookie sheet to dry will prevent any sticking or messy surfaces. If your paper got too wet along the way and it wrinkles, place it under a book when it’s dry to flatten.
Marbled paper perfect for gifts, envelopes, stationery, or even wall art. The best part about DIY is you get to choose the perfect colors and design to fit the occasion. For example, a fun gift tag can be made by marbling turquoise, gray, and metallic bronze. Alternatively, you
can marble an envelope with an elegant combination of peach, gray, and gold paint. No matter your preference, the marbled paper will be an elegant and affordable substitute for plain white cardstock.