How to make handmade wrapping paper with foam stickers
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How to Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

how to make handmade wrapping paper with foam stickers

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.

Gift with Handmade Wrapping Paper

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.

DIY Handmade Wrapping Paper

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!

Create Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

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Printmaking with Kids Using Foam Stickers on a Rolling Pin

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 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.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers on Cardboard Tube

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!)

**Note :: You can also use paint such as acrylic paint or BioColors, if that’s what you have. We’ve done it both ways. The ink works better as it’s stickier but the paint works okay, too.

Using the Rolling Pin to Make Wrapping Paper

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.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

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.

Gifts with Handmade Wrapping Paper

6. Wrap gifts

Now use your amazing new gift wrap to wrap your gifts!

Doodles over prints

7. Doodle

This step is optional (but fun). Doodle on the printed wrapping paper with pens or markers.

Maias Snowflake Doodles

We used Sharpie markers but any are fine.

Handmade Wrapping Paper with Doodles Over Prints

Use the printed designs as drawing prompts, as the beginnings of something else, or just doodle and draw to your heart’s content.

Family Doodling

We turned it into a family doodling session!

Making Handmade Wrapping Paper

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

DIY Gift Wrapping Rockin’ Art Mom Style

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How to Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers


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    Jeanette Nyberg
    November 24, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Yay for dads getting involved in the project! And yay for doodling on the prints afterward- I can’t wait to try the rolling/printing method; I haven’t done it either. I am madly in love with the black stars paper, by the way. Oh yeah, and what a perfect idea to use the acrylic box frame!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 25, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Glad you like it, Jeanette! And yes, the acrylic box frame is awesome for printmaking! We keep a couple just for that purpose.

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    November 24, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I love all of the versions you made! The doodle one is extra special!

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    November 24, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I adore this idea! We’ve got all kinds of foam stickers lying around that we could use. And I love the addition of the doodles! Can’t wait to try it with the kiddos!

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    November 24, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I love the idea of using foam stickers for this project! I can’t part with the last of our foam stickers even though we’ve probably completely outgrown them. Up-cycling them for such a functional and personal project is a fantastic idea. I also really enjoy the documentary nature of how the story of these wraps is shared and unfold. I can’t wait to try this with my kids, too!

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      Jean Van't Hul
      November 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

      There’s always a good use for art supplies, even when you think you’ve outgrown them! :)

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    Mel Brammer
    November 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Lovely idea. I think we’ll be sticking with the tried and tested potato print this year, but I do love this idea, so may give it a try in the future!

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    November 24, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous Jean! What a simple & beautiful technique.

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    November 25, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Love it!

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    The Little Tourist
    November 16, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Such a great idea! Thanks for sharing :) :)

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