We've been having fun making our own wrapping paper this month with a variety of tools and techniques.
The playdough tools, especially the texture rolling pins, are great for making repeat designs. If you don't have something similar, you can wrap string around a regular rolling pin (or cardboard tube or tin can) to create a pattern roller.
Here Marlise and Maia are rolling designs with green tempera paint over a long sheet of paper (from the easel roll) that I had taped down to the studio table.
This, I think, was the favorite, though. The girls dipped a length of yarn in paint, then each holding an end, swatted it up and down on the paper, jiggled it around, and generally had fun creating designs on the paper with the paint-covered yarn.
Other action painting ideas for making your own wrapping paper?
- Try bubble painting.
- Paint with toy car wheels or action figure feet.
- Swat with a pine bough dipped in paint.
- Drum with paint covered hands.
And, for more traditional DIY wrapping paper?
- Potato printing.
- Printing with bubble wrap.
- Using stamps and a stamp pad.
- Printing with fruits and vegetables (star fruit, perhaps?)
Any other ideas?