Hand­made wrap­ping pa­per


201 Family - - CONTENTS - – TINA MUNSON

Make your own hand­made wrap­ping pa­per, suit­able for ev­ery oc­ca­sion, by us­ing a va­ri­ety of stamp­ing and print­ing tech­niques. The process is easy and suc­cess is guar­an­teed, even for the lit­tle ones!


Cre­ate a large sur­face to work on that cleans up eas­ily. Tape the bub­ble wrap to the ta­ble sur­face, bub­ble side up. Set out the paint in sep­a­rate dishes with a sponge brush for each color. Paint the bub­bles with a va­ri­ety of col­ors that look good to­gether. Choos­ing col­ors that are next to each other in a rain­bow usu­ally re­sults in a har­mo­nious look. Brush on some white in places to lighten the col­ors. Cut a 4 or 5-foot length of white kraft pa­per and place it on top of the painted bub­bles. Press the en­tire sur­face of the pa­per lightly and then peel away. If there is a blank area on the pa­per, re­paint the bub­ble wrap and place the white pa­per on top, be­ing sure to line up the blank area with the bub­ble wrap. The en­tire piece of white pa­per can be cov­ered in this way.


Cut a 4- or 5-foot length of brown kraft pa­per and tape it to your work sur- face. De­cide on a color scheme for the wrap­ping pa­per. Brush the first color onto the flower head, gently cov­er­ing all the petals. Press it onto the brown pa­per in a ran­dom fash­ion, mak­ing sev­eral prints be­fore re­paint­ing the flower. Rinse off the flower un­der cool run­ning wa­ter and blot dry. Now paint the flower head us­ing an­other color, and stamp ran­domly on the pa­per. An in­ter­est­ing ef­fect can be achieved when stamp­ing the sec­ond color partly over the first color, caus­ing the col­ors to blend where they meet. Do the same with a third color. Be sure the pa­per is evenly cov­ered with stamped flow­ers.

Hint: White paint looks strik­ing against brown kraft pa­per and also blends well with any un­der­ly­ing col­ors.


Check that the wood block has no splin­ters. Sand it lightly, if nec­es­sary. Cut a length of string about 18 inches long. Tape one end of the string to the back of the wood block. Wrap the string around the block three or four times; the pat­tern can be ran­dom, but be sure to wrap very tightly, as the string stretches when wet with paint. Trim off the ex­cess string and tape the loose end to the back of the block. Tape the end of an­other 18-inch length of string and wrap it around the block at a 90 de­gree an­gle to the first string. Trim and tape the end. Cut a piece of white kraft pa­per to the de­sired length and tape it to the work sur­face. To “ink” the string block, ei­ther dip it in paint or use a sponge brush to ap­ply the paint. Stamp it sev­eral times on the kraft pa­per, re-ink, and stamp again. Use at least three col­ors for a lively ef­fect, rins­ing the block un­der run­ning wa­ter and blot­ting dry be­fore ap­ply­ing an­other color. Su­per­im­pose the im­ages if de­sired.


Pa­per can dry flat, or, if the paint is not too drippy, be taped to the wall.

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