Homemade Wrapping Paper

Homemade gifts are the best. Wrap them up in homemade wrapping paper, and you’ve got yourself a double-whammy of thoughtfulness. Take a look at how easy it is to make beautiful wrapping paper, using things you probably already have around the house. And invite the kids to help too!

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What you’ll need:

• A roll of blank paper – try butcher paper or brown parcel wrap

• Craft paint

To stamp

• Anything! I used lovely leaves and flowers. Be creative – check out this site for ideas.

• Paint brush

To roll

• Cylinder – I used a bottle and a paper towel roll

• Aluminum foil

• Hot glue gun, or Elmer's glue (and patience while it dries) if you’ve got little helpers

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Stamping

Pretty straightforward :). Instead of dipping my stamping materials into the paint, I found it best to gently brush it on. It helped me to control the amount and the coverage. Mixing the colors made for interesting and lovely prints.

As with anything, it’s super important not to get too caught up in it looking perfect. Allow for the painterly quality of handmade crafts. It’s charming and makes the process that much more enjoyable.

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I did this with the kiddos I babysit – so fun! They loved looking for leaves and rocks and sticks to stamp with. And then getting messy in the paint :).

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Even Bucky helped :).

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Beautiful!

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Rolling

This is so cool. Measure a piece of aluminum foil to fit the circumference of your cylinder. And then make a design on it with your glue.

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Allow the glue to dry and attach the foil to your bottle, paper roll, oatmeal canister, etc. Note: I liked using the bottle best because the neck served as a good handle for rolling.

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Ready to roll!

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Design #2

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I love that I can make customized prints with just my glue gun. It’s so fun!

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I’m so pleased with this lovely paper :). I hope this inspires you to make your own designs. If you do, snap a few pics and send them my way – I'd love to see!

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