I decided to come up with a craft idea only using things I already own. This homemade spring wrapping paper is one of my new favorite easy paper crafts.
Given how much craft stuff I already own, I could probably do this again. Every month. Or every week. Or even every day.
My Easy Paper Craft
Can you guess how I made this wapping paper? It looks a little familiar, right?
I bought a patterned roller a while back and I love it. I have used it to make some really amazing DIY projects. I have made dish towels and napkins with it and I got to thinking, what else could I make with it? Would it work on paper? Could I make my own wrapping paper?
In order to test my theory, I looked around my craft room to see what materials I had on hand. Here is what I found:
- Newsprint paper. I had a box of this in the craft room. I keep a box handy and use it to pack away breakables like mercury glass, Christmas decorations, etc.
- Spray paint in coral, cranberry, and berry pink. I don’t even remember what I bought these colors for, but they are perfect for this project!
- White acrylic paint
- My trusty decorative paint roller
*Please note all of these items are linked below.
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Paper Crafts Step By Step
I decided to test my idea to make an easy paper craft into wrapping paper. I wasn’t sure how the spray paint would dry or if the paper would disintegrate underneath the spray paint.
I laid out newspaper on the driveway and then added three sheets of the plain newsprint. I started with the coral color and started spraying.
As I sprayed the paint, it looked almost like suede. It was working! I covered the first sheet and moved onto the cranberry color.
This color was deep and a gorgeous purple almost wine color and also looked like suede. I finished up with the berry pink color.
Once I was finished coating the plain newspring with the three spray paint colors, I went back to the first sheet to check on it. It still looked a little wet, but it was dry! The integrity of the paper was fine, it didn’t rip or tear.
At this point I realized this just might work!
Next, I squeezed out white acrylic paint onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. I rolled the roller through the white paint and then across the spray-painted paper and it looked amazing!
This paper was made with Coral spray paint.
This was made with Berry Pink paint.
I love the Cranberry paint I used for this one.
Once the roller paint was dry, I wrapped the three gifts that I needed to wrap and send for a friend’s birthday.
I am so excited to know that I can make my own wrapping paper. The spray paint covered the newsprint paper completely and dried quickly. The possibilities are endless.
I have a number of antique decorative rollers that I have collected over the years. I can’t wait to try those.
I can’t wait to mix and match with multiple rollers on one sheet of paper.
I now want to make a lot of my own wrapping paper with other paint rolls, stamps, stencils and more (trust me, I have lots of things in my craft room I can use!).
I can also make wrapping paper for each individual recipient based on their favorite colors and personality. Or I can make the gift wrap and give it as a gift! I would love to receive handmade wrapping paper!
How much fun will this be for Christmas? All of the paper under the tree will be handmade and color-coordinated, wow!
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. You can paint it first with spray paint. Or use plain white or brown butcher paper. Nest, add some fun designs with stamps (including potatoes), stencils or a paint roller as I did here.
In some cases, brown paper is thicker. While that is a good thing, some brown paper is too thick and it is hard to fold which can be cumbersome when wrapping a gift. As long as you use a lighter weight, brown paper is one of my favorite gift wrapping ideas.
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