Handmade Wrapping Paper at Home
DIY Wrapping Paper
Since I can remember, I’ve always created my own wrapping paper using newspaper, butcher’s or brown paper from the super market. Perhaps I’m just the Ebenezer Scrooge of gift-wrapping, because spending anything over $5 on wrapping paper has always seemed a little ‘excessive’ to me.
Creating your own wrapping paper is fun and affordable. Best of all, it’s a great little craft activity for children no matter what age that requires very few craft materials. My favourite ‘not so messy’ paint option is to use children’s watercolour palettes. Whilst I love poster paints, water colours are so much easier to clean up after and they have just as much fun.
Let’s get crafting!
You Will Need:
- Roll of brown paper (located in either the stationary or cling wrap section of your local supermarket)
- Paint brush
- Small container of water
- Tray water colour paints
- Postal cylinder
How to Make Wrapping Paper:
Step 1: Paper
I tear the brown paper into manageable lengths, I find that 1-2 metres is more than enough for a younger children as their attention span doesn’t exceed more then 20-30 minutes (if you’re lucky). Store bought butcher’s/craft paper is normally in single square sheets.
HOT TIP: I tend to setup the wrapping paper station whenever my children are bored over the weekends or school holidays, I hate waste, so I prefer them to paint something that can be used, rather than just adding paper to the recycling bin.
Step 2: Painting
Children’s watercolour palettes are fantastic, as they only require water to use and very easy to clean up afterwards. I don’t tend to dictate what I want the paper to look like to my children, I let them decide for themselves. Sometimes they’ll focus on shapes and colours, other times they might paint a picture of our family or some flowers.
Once they have completed their work of art, set aside to dry.
Step 3: Storing
To decrease the likely hood of the wrapping paper being crushed, I store in postal cylinders after the paint has completely dried out. This means we always have a supply of beautiful handmade paper ready to go.
Step 4: Wrapping
It’s so exciting sifting through the wrapping paper when we’re looking to wrap a gift. I usually ask the children to decide which piece they think we should use and get them to assist with the wrapping. If you find once your gift is wrapped that the finished result looks a little ‘bland’ (smaller children tend to paint in small areas and not cover the entire paper surface), then use ribbons or even contrasting paper to jazz it up.
HOT TIP: I have found that sticky tape does not bind well with most handmade painted wrapping paper, especially the very thin 10mm or less sticky tape. For best wrapping results, I use a 20mm width or more clear sticky tape.
I’ve always found adults and children always comment on our handmade wrapping paper, which puts little smiles on my children’s faces.
Many thanks to Renee Nugent from About The Garden for this article.
More about Renee Nugent:
Hi, I’m Renee and I’m a self confessed fun maker. Whilst I’m not the world’s best gardener (I’ve killed cactus), I believe that getting my kids gardening is one of the most important experiences I can give them as a parent. It’s my way to teach them about the environment, food production, healthy living, science and sustainable practices in a fun and physical way. I love that they are willing to taste our garden produce and that we incorporate many of our garden ‘treasures’ into our craft activities.
So don’t let past gardening failures burden you, we’ve all killed plants and that’s OK. Just get out there and garden with your kids, because… well… it’s fun! Find more of my garden fun at www.aboutthegarden.com.au.