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Homemade Wrapping Paper

Instead of buying rolls of preprinted wrapping paper, why not make your own. This is a great way to add a special personal touch to any birthday, wedding or Christmas gift. This is a guide about homemade wrapping paper.

Homemade wrapping paper made with different colored handprints in paint.
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December 22, 2014 Flag
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I ran out of wrapping paper and only had a roll of brown 'kraft' paper left (similar to brown paper bags) so I had to get creative. I folded it (as shown) and cut out petals, taped them on and used magic marker. I think it looks nice and homey too! What do you think?
My kitty overlooked the whole project (as usual!)


poinsettia paper flower on packagepetals drawn on kraft paperpetalscat assistant

November 12, 2008 Flag
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This wrapping paper idea came from one of my friends years ago. Use outdated atlases and maps for colorful, cool-looking, and good quality wrapping paper. I use mostly for birthday gifts, but cut out a silhouette of Santa in his sleigh and/or reindeers and attach for Christmas gifts. If you like this idea but don't have any maps to use, pick up some free ones at travel and visitor's centers the next time you are traveling.

By Britt from Boston, MA


December 19, 2011 Flag

I like to make inexpensive gift bags for year around use. Pillow cases from the thrift stores make great light weight bags, just fold down the top and run a drawstring through.

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December 5, 2007 Flag

There were a few years where money was very scarce, and I ran out of Christmas wrapping paper. I found white freezer paper, and made use of old Christmas cards and family pictures. I would also draw or paint on the packages.

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September 24, 2008 Flag
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blue, yellow, and red handprints on paperAdd that extra "touch" and make a gift more personal with this handprint gift wrap craft.




  • Roll out a large section from a long roll of paper or lay out a large sheet of paper. I like to use the rolls from the ends of the newspaper that our local newspaper sells cheap.
  • Use different trays to set out different colored paints. I save the foam trays that come under groceries and use them for this, or you could use paper plates.
  • Either let the child dip their hand in the paint, or paint it on their hands using a paint brush. If using a brush, the foam kind works really well.
  • Randomly stamp handprints all over the paper. You may want to allow some time to dry between colors if you don't want them to mix too much.
  • When completely dry, roll it up and save for the perfect gift wrap to accompany any special gift! I save the rolls to purchased gift wrap which comes in handy to store the homemade gift wrap.
  • Variation: Try this with feet too!

    By Jayme from Harrisonburg, VA

    December 23, 2014 Flag
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    Much of gift giving is in the PRESENTation so here's a way to wow your recipients. Instead of wrapping your gifts in generic wrapping paper, make your own out of meaningful photos.

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    October 24, 2011 Flag
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    With just a few sheets of waxed paper, one can give a personal touch to presents and make them look quite exceptional, without spending much money on gift wrap.

    Gift wrapped in decorated wax paper.

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    December 18, 2008 Flag
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    We receive so many wonderful Christmas cards, that I thought it would be fun for those who are a tiny bit computer savvy to make their own custom Christmas wrapping paper from them for your special gifts.

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    September 22, 2009 Flag
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    To make personalized gift wrap for moms, dads, and grandparents use a common brown grocery bag. Cut along one side in the corner crease to the bottom of the bag, then turn and finish cutting out the bottom of the bag leaving a nice rectangular sheet of paper.

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    May 5, 2009 Flag
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    When you just can't find that perfect wrapping paper, use tissue paper and add some stickers. You children will love this!

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    December 4, 2008 Flag
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    I like to ask for paper bags at the grocery store. I have my daughter color or paint on the plain side, and use it for wrapping paper. It is an interesting effect. If you don't have paper bags, your local newspaper often has newsprint end rolls that you can purchase for $1.

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    November 12, 2008 Flag
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    Here's a way to personalize all your gifts in a way no one else can.

    1. Select your favorite photos or make photos that are meaningful to you (the giver) or the recipient. For example, select photos of you and your family, home, pets, etc. Or use photos of the recipients, their favorite celebrities, etc. This is easy with digital cameras. Or download pictures from the web and print.

    2. Take these photos to a Kinkos or some place with a large color copier. Arrange the photos on scanning surface, close the cover and make as many copies as you want. Use the largest paper available, or shrink as necessary. Voila - you now have personalized wrapping paper.
    You can also do this at home using your personal inkjet copier although the scanning surface is generally small. You can also scan or import the photos into graphics software, arrange the images and then print. Most home printers won't accommodate paper larger than legal size so go to a commercial copier if you want large sheets. Commercial laser copiers also produce glossy waterproof results while you'll need to be careful of moisture when handling inkjet printouts. Still, if you want to use racy or private photos, it's probably easier to do at home.

    By Bryguyf69 from NYC, NY

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    November 30, 2006 Flag

    Christmas Ads for Wrapping Paper. I find myself saving nice Christmas art from advertisements and special newspaper sections and brochures, etc. - which I can cut out and use for wrapping paper!

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