Handmade Wrapping Paper - Action painting

Action painting homemade wrapping paper


We’ve been having fun making our own homemade 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 homemade wrapping paper?

And, for more traditional DIY wrapping paper?

Any other ideas? Do you make your own homemade wrapping paper?

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    Teacher Tom
    December 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Holy cow, Jean! The girls’ yarn painting technique is one of the coolest team art processes I’ve seen in a long time. It might be too late to make holiday paper for us, but it looks like good messy any time fun. I think the kids at Woodland Park are going to love this.

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    Diana (Ladybug Limited)
    December 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    This is exactly what my kiddos needed to jazz up their Christmas presents — their grandparents will love it!

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    Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids
    December 18, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Love the use of the play dough rolling pins! What a great work/play space. I’ll have to pass this on to my parents next year. Thanks!

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    Eleanor de Bruin
    December 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    What a brilliant idea! Even the wrapping paper can have sentimental value now. Thanks!
    (New follower – Mum/Me http://www.mum-me.co.uk )

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    December 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    How about playing a game of chase where you each have a marker? We also like gluing random shapes (and all the scraps) onto paper, drawing little pictures and shapes, and stickering. :)

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    December 19, 2010 at 12:14 am

    We’ve done yarn painting for years with one child holding both ends of a shorter piece of yarn. I’m ashamed to say we never thought of doing it as a team. I LOVE IT!! We’ll be doing that for sure right after we get back from winter break! Thanks so much, Jean, for the great idea!

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    Mom and Kiddo
    December 19, 2010 at 5:22 am

    This is a neat idea.
    It’s probably not what you’re looking for, but we made homemade wrapping paper for my son’s friends with tape resist so their name is on the front. http://momandkiddo.blogspot.com/2010/03/handmade-wrapping-paper.html

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    December 19, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    cool idea Jean…hand made gift wrap is unique and special to the recipient….I am a regular reader of your blog..creative and inspiring…wish you and your family a warm holiday!

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    December 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    LOVE that there’s paint on your floor – I know, odd comment, but it shows how much fun you guys have! :)

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    December 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    We just made wrapping paper today as part of our Advent activity calendar! We painted with tempera paint and brushes, but next year, we’ll try yarn and our playdough rollers–great idea, Jean!

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    December 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    We love to paint with sponges, feathers, pipe cleaners and cars. Oh, and hands. We always seem to end with hands.

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    December 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Try different width rubber bands around a rolling pin, cylindrical block or paper towel tube. Also, printing with seasonal, or not, cookie cutters.

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    January 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    I bet your kids enjoyed doing this a lot!
    I would!

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    Anna Lloyd
    January 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I might try this next Christmas! This is what we did for Christmas wrap… http://ourpaperboat.blogspot.com/2011/01/christmas-wrapping-paper.html

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    January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    painting with veges
    Okra gives nice flower pattern..

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    December 1, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Our Son used golf balls to paint with to create wrapping paper one Christmas at preschool. It turned out so cute!

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