How to Make Wrapping Paper


Let your imagination roll out some great gift wrapping.
Let your imagination roll out some great gift wrapping.

There is no need to buy wrapping paper at the store, especially when making your own at home can be so much fun. Give your gifts a unique look with handmade wrapping paper for kids, created specially by you and your kids. Gift-receivers will feel even more special with these paper crafts made by kids of all ages.

Kids can create wrapping paper crafts with original designs using paint, sponge, kitchen tools, and photographs. The results are so nice, kids might not want to give them away!

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Gift-Wrapping Paper

Give the gift of originality -- all this wrapping paper needs is a little paint, paper, and oodles of creativity.

Wrapping Paper Maker

The possibilities are endless with this interchangeable paper maker. Check out this page to find out how to make holiday-specific or everyday wrapping paper.

Gift Bag Frame

Add an extra special personal touch with a photo in your wrapping. Share a captured moment along with your gift in this paper craft idea.

Get started by painting patterns in the first wrapping paper craft.

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Gift-Wrapping Paper

Gift-Wrapping Paper craft
Gift-Wrapping Paper craft

Wrapping paper usually hides gifts, but this wrapping paper craft is a gift all on its own. Kids can decorate this paper craft with any design they like.

What You'll Need:

  • Food coloring or tempera paint
  • Liquid starch
  • Bowl
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Spoon
  • Paper
  • Sea sponge

How to Make Gift-Wrapping Paper:

Step 1: For patterned gift wrap, mix food coloring or tempera paint with liquid starch in a bowl to make a thick paint.

Step 2: Make design combs by cutting cardboard into small rectangles 1 to 3 inches wide. Cut notches on one side of each rectangle, making variations in the rectangles so that each comb can be used to create a different effect. The notches can be cut closer or farther apart, the teeth can be wider or narrower, or you can even vary the width of the notches and teeth on a rectangle.

Step 3: Spread newspaper to cover the working surface. Lay your wrapping paper on the newspaper, and, using the spoon, cover it with the finger paint.

Step 4: Use the notched edge of the cardboard squares to create designs in the paint by combing over the surface of the paper. For a textured wrapping paper, use the sea sponge to dab paint onto a piece of unpainted paper. Let the paper dry overnight.

Spin out some fun patterns in the next wrapping paper craft.

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Wrapping Paper Maker

Wrapping Paper Maker craft
Wrapping Paper Maker craft

Making your own wrapping paper makes a gift extra special. This paper craft can be made for Christmas or for any occasion where you'll be in need of gift-wrapping material, and kids will have fun turning a rolling pin into a decorating implement.

What You'll Need:

  • Thin cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Rolling pin
  • Masking tape
  • Rubber weather stripping (from hardware store)
  • Craft glue
  • Tempera paints
  • Cookie sheet
  • Large pieces of white paper

How to Make a Wrapping Paper Maker:

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard so that it is the same length as the rolling pin. Tape one end of the cardboard to the rolling pin, all the way across. Roll the rolling pin so that the cardboard wraps around it, making a tight cardboard cover. When you reach the end of the cardboard, tape it in place. (It may wrap around more than once.)

Step 2: Cut 1-inch Christmas shapes, such as bells, stars, and angels, from the weather stripping.

Step 3: Coat the cardboard rolling pin cover with glue. This is easier if you set each handle on a thick cookbook, so that the rolling pin is hanging between the books.

Step 4: Press the shapes in place, turning the rolling pin as you go, so that your pattern goes all the way around the rolling pin. Let the glue dry.

Step 5: Pour a thin coat of paint on the cookie sheet, roll your wrapping paper maker through it, then roll out a pattern on plain white paper.

The next wrapping paper craft is "picture perfect." Find out how to personalize your wrapping paper on the next page.

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Gift Bag Frame

Gift Bag Frame craft
Gift Bag Frame craft

Instead of just covering up your gift with wrapping paper, this pretty gift bag also frames your favorite photo as part of the gift. Share a special memory with your present with this paper craft.

What You'll Need:

  • Gift bag with handles
  • Card stock
  • 8 chenille stems
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Sharp pencil
  • Ruler
  • Straight pin

How to Make a Gift Bag Frame:

Step 1: Remove the handles from the bag; set one aside, and discard the other. Place the bag flat on your work surface.

Step 2: Cut a piece of card stock a little smaller than the photo you wish to frame, and tape it to the center front of the bag. Trace around the card stock onto the bag using a sharp pencil, and then remove the card stock. Measure and mark another rectangle on the bag 1 inch inside the first.

Cut inside the rectangle.

Step 3: Using scissors, poke a hole in the bag in the middle of the small rectangle, and cut all the way around the inside rectangle. Cut a diagonal line from the corners of this rectangle to the corners of the larger rectangle. Bend the flaps to the inside of the bag, and tape down.

Step 4: Open the bag. Position the photo behind the cut-out rectangle, and tape in place from the inside. Use a straight pin to carefully poke 2 small holes at all 4 corners of the rectangle (see illustration for placement of holes).

Step 5: Wrap two chenille stems together around a pencil to make a double spiral. Remove the pencil, and stretch the coil to the length of one side of the rectangle. Insert the ends of the stems in the starter holes, and push through until you are able to bend the ends back inside the bag to hold them in place. Repeat on all sides of the rectangle. Tape the ends to secure them.

Step 6: Close the bag at the top, aligning the holes from the handles. Put one cord handle through both holes at the left, and tie a knot at the back. Insert the other end through the holes on the right, pull tight, and tie in back to hold the bag closed. Cut off the excess cord.

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERSWrapping Paper Maker by Lisa Lerner and Kersten Hamilton