Marbleized Paper

A change from the norm, marbleized paper is a great craft but can be a little messy so make sure everyone participating in the activity are wearing something to protect their clothing.

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Put about 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil into a small bowl.

Then add 1 teaspoon of food coloring into the same dish.

Beat it hard with a fork until well blended. Repeat these steps for multiple colors.

The kids may need a little help with you can see below, my daughter mixed it pretty well, but it still needed to be mixed a bit more.

Get a shallow pan that is large enough to fit the paper you’ll be using and fill it with just enough water to cover the bottom. Please note that if the water is too deep, and you work too slowly, the color will sink. .

Now take the dropper (or gently pouring if you don’t have a dropper), and place drops of colors on top of the water.

Let it sit for about 30-40 seconds. It's really cool seeing the various patterns that the oil would create as it seeped through the backside of the paper.

Slowly remove the paper from the water to reveal the cool design.


-Cooking oil
-Food coloring (lots of colors)
-Small bowls
-Shallow pan ( I used a 9x13 baking pan...which was the perfect size for our paper)
-Medicine dropper (optional...but it makes it easier for the little ones)
-Paper - you will want to use something a little thicker than regular paper.

Additional Resources:

< $10


1-2 hours