Have you tried making handmade wrapping paper with your kids?
We’ve done it quite a bit, with different techniques each time, and it’s always satisfying!
Plus I love that we get to be creative in the gift wrap too, whether the gift inside the package is handmade or store bought.
This past weekend, we got a head start on our Christmas wrapping paper, partly because we needed a fun art activity and partly because I’ve been wanting to try a rolling pin stamp idea I had seen on Thrive 360 Living.
The idea is to affix foam stickers to a rolling pin and then to print wrapping paper by rolling the sticker-covered rolling pin over the paper.
It worked better than I could have imagined! And was so fun!
Here’s how to do it, plus tips and tricks, and a new way to do it that doesn’t involve your favorite rolling pin.
This post is part of a round-robin series by the Rockin’ Art Moms. At the end of the post you’ll find 7 more handmade wrapping paper ideas from other members!
Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers
- Foam stickers (such as star stickers, flower stickers, or an assortment of shapes)
- Rolling pin*
- Wax paper
- Tape (masking or scotch)
- Butcher paper, easel paper, or other large paper
- Water soluble block printing ink (you can use paint, but it doesn’t work quite as well)
- Acrylic box frame (or an old baking dish)
- Mini trim paint roller (found in the paint section of the hardware store)
- Pens or markers
1.Create your printing roller designs.
Method A.) Wrap wax paper around the rolling pin and secure with tape. Press foam stickers to the wax paper in any pattern desired.
Method B.) Press foam stickers to a cardboard tube in any pattern desired.
Note :: We used some foam stickers that CraftProjectIdeas.com had sent us but you can also buy similar stickers at craft stores or online.
We used regular printing ink, but would love to give this project a try with this metallic printing ink… (Just ordered some!)
4. Roll the sticker-covered rolling pin over the inked surface a few times to coat the stickers with ink.
5. Then roll the inked rolling pin over the butcher paper to print your designs and patterns and make your awesome handmade wrapping paper! Re-ink as necessary and continue printing with the roller until your paper is covered with prints as desired. Let dry.
Tip :: Wash your box frame and trim roller ASAP to get the ink off.
6. Wrap your gifts with your new gift wrap!
How to Extend the Activity
Or 7. (Optional but fun) Doodle on the printed wrapping paper with pens or markers.
We used Sharpie markers but any are fine.
Use the printed designs as drawing prompts, as the beginnings of something else, or just doodle and draw to your heart’s content.
We turned it into a family doodling session!
Alternately, you can wrap your gift with the wrapping paper first and then doodle on the wrapped gift before giving it or putting it under the tree. Our friend Joe, above, drew roads between all the printed stars on his package, which I thought was pretty darn cool.
MORE DIY Gift Wrap Ideas
Want some more awesome homemade gift wrapping ideas? Check out those by the other Rockin’ Art Moms below…
DIY Gift Wrapping Rockin’ Art Mom Style
- Picture Frame Wrapping Paper on Meri Cherry
- Tie dye gift wrap on Babble Dabble Do
- DIY snowflake wrapping paper on Tiny Rotten Peanuts
- Christmas wrap printable with braided rope on Art Bar Blog
- Poppable wrapping paper on Pink Stripey Socks
- Furoshiki gift wrap on Buggy and Buddy
- Swedish horse wrapping paper on Willowday
- Stitched paper with mandala gift tag on Mama Miss
And if you’re not already, make sure to follow the Rockin’ Art Moms on Pinterest ::