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!
And I love that we get to be creative with the gift wrap, regardless of 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 wanted to try a rolling pin stamp idea I saw on Color Made Happy.
The idea is to affix foam stickers to a rolling pin and then print wrapping paper by rolling the sticker-covered rolling pin over the paper.
It worked better than I could have imagined! And it was so fun!
Here’s how to do it, with some added tips and tricks. And I’ve included 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!
How to 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 a design on the roller
Method A.) Wrap wax paper around the rolling pin and secure with tape. Adhere foam stickers to the wax paper in desired pattern.
Method B.) Press foam stickers on a cardboard tube in any pattern desired.
Note :: We used foam stickers that CraftProjectIdeas.com had sent us but you can buy similar stickers at craft stores or online.
2. Lay down paper
Then tape down a piece of butcher paper or other large sheet of paper to your table or floor.
3. Prepare printing ink
Next, squeeze a dollop of printing ink onto the acrylic box frame. Then use the paint roller to roll the ink around, creating an even and smooth layer of ink.
We used regular printing ink, but would love to give this project a try with this metallic printing ink… (Just ordered some!)
4. Coat roller with ink
Now roll the sticker-covered rolling pin over the inked surface a few times to coat the stickers with ink.
5. Roll and print design
Finally, roll the inked rolling pin over the butcher paper to print your designs and patterns. Re-ink as necessary and continue printing with the roller until you’re happy with the way your wrapping paper looks. Let paper dry.
Tip :: Wash your box frame and trim roller ASAP to get the ink off.
6. Wrap gifts
Now use your amazing new gift wrap to wrap your gifts!
This step is 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!
Or you can wrap your gift with the wrapping paper first and then doodle on it.
Our friend Joe (above), drew roads between all the printed stars on his package, which I thought was pretty darn cool.
More Handmade Wrapping Paper Ideas
Want some more awesome handmade wrapping paper ideas? Check out these by the other Rockin’ Art Moms.
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 Art for Kids and Robots
- Printable tree wrap and braided rope on Art Bar
- 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
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