How to Make Wrapping Paper

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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