How to Make Homemade Wrapping Paper

Skip the store-bought and go for DIY.

December 22, 2015
Adrianna Adarme

Making homemade wrapping paper might be one of my favorite holiday crafts. Sure, you can easily buy wrapping paper, and I do that, too, but if I can, I definitely go the homemade route because this means that my personality really gets to shine when I hand my friends and family gifts.

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I enlist three different tools to help me achieve super-easy homemade wrapping paper: a spray bottle, a stamp, and a paintbrush. This is how to get it done:

Supplies:
1 roll of brown or white craft paper
Spray bottle
1 small bottle of acrylic paint, color of choice
Stamp of choice (I chose a Christmas tree stamp)
Ink pad
Watercolor palette
1 paintbrush

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting your pieces of brown or white craft paper into the sizes you need to wrap your presents. If you haven't purchased your presents yet, feel free to cut large sheets of both so they're ready to go when you're ready to wrap.

2. Spray bottle method: Fill your spray bottle with water and drop in about a tablespoon (you can eyeball this measurement) of paint. Replace the spray attachment and shake vigorously until the water and paint are thoroughly combined. Hold the spray bottle about 6 inches away from the sheet of paper and spray all over, being sure to leave some negative space. Allow the paint to dry for 15 minutes before wrapping your package.

3. Stamping method: You know how to do this! Press your stamp of choice onto the ink pad and stamp away. I like to do a pattern of sorts: one row of trees facing one way and then another row of trees facing the opposite way. Allow the ink to dry for 30 minutes before wrapping your package.

4. Watercolor method: Choose the colors you like beforehand. Feel free to brush the colors you'll be using next to one another on a scrap piece of paper. I chose to do a line pattern, alternating colors and then flipping the pattern in the other direction with the next box. Repeat this until the entire sheet of wrapping paper is filled. Allow the paint to dry for 30 minutes before wrapping your package.

Adapted from The Year of Cozy