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Make Your Own Gift Wrap

Updated on September 1, 2013
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As a teacher at all levels and mother of five children, Bronwen has been interested in a variety of crafts for both children and adults.

Red and Green for Christmas
Red and Green for Christmas | Source

What You Will Need

The materials needed are simple and you probably already have some suitable media and everything else required on hand in your home.

  1. Paper: Choose the paper and the size to suit the gift you intend to wrap. For small things A4 computer paper works quite well and that comes in a variety of useful colours. Brown paper works well, too. However, paper that is really absorbent may not be so good as the paint may soak in and not spread easily.
  2. Media: Watercolour paints, poster paints, or calligraphy inks.
  3. Dropper: Any small dropper will do. Drops do not need to be very big.
  4. Straw: Those very fine drinking straws are not easy to use; the normal ones are best.

Gift Wrap is Fun to Make

Recently when I was visiting one of my daughters, I noticed some birthday wrapping made by one of her children, one of my dear granddaughters. It gave me an idea for a simple way to make our own wrapping paper and I thought I would like to share it with you.

The same idea would be suitable for gift wrap for any number of different occasions. The method is simple and effective and could be made by both children and adults.

  • For younger children it may be useful in helping them to learn to blow in a controlled way.
  • As I was a teacher who worked in Special Education for a few years, I also thought it could be very useful. it could be used as a fun way for children with speech or breathing problems as it would give them practice in blowing and they would have something useful and attractive made at the end to show their parents and give them pride in their achievement.

If the method is being used as therapy, it may be necessary to supervise the activity so that it is controlled and perhaps not all done at once, as this may lead to dizziness and be counterproductive.

The Things Needed are Few
The Things Needed are Few | Source


The basic method is very simple. Once it has been mastered, more control can be used to try and make designs that you choose to do.

  1. The Paper: Place the paper on a flat surface at a suitable height so the person who is doing the decorating does not need to bend over too far.
  2. The Paints: If using tube paints, they may need to be mixed with a little water.
  3. The Dropper: Using the dropper, fill it with the paint and place small drops of colour on the paper. This may be done in a pattern or randomly. You may choose to use just one colour, or more if you wish.
  4. The Straw: Using the straw, blow through it, holding the other end near the drop of paint and controlling it to spread the paint across the paper randomly or in the direction you desire.

Leave to dry.

Make a Wrapper for a Baby Boy. A Larger Straw was Used.
Make a Wrapper for a Baby Boy. A Larger Straw was Used. | Source

Gift Wraps for Different Occasions

There are many events for which personalised wrapping paper can be used, such as birthdays, Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day. Some ideas are shown here.

  • Above: Blue paper and a deeper blue paint has been used for a gift wrap for a baby boy.
  • Below: Pink paper and deep pink paint has been used for a gift wrap for a baby girl.

However, these could be suitable for boys and girls of any age and for other occasions, too.

A Gift Wrap For a Baby Girl
A Gift Wrap For a Baby Girl | Source

More Gift Wrap Ideas Using Blowing

I mentioned before that you can use two or more colours.

Special Celebration: The example below shows the use of two colours, in this case blue and silver for a special celebration.

Christmas: At the top of the article there is another one that also uses two colours: red and green paint for a gift wrap that would be suitable for Christmas.

Blue andSilver for a Celebration
Blue andSilver for a Celebration | Source

Final Gift Wrap Ideas

In the example below two different paints have been used: black and yellow. This could be blown in different ways to suggest a spooky scene or, perhaps with a brighter yellow team colours for someone serious about their sports team.

Fun to Do: Whatever colours and papers you choose to use, you can have fun making these gift wraps and as you become more proficient you will find that you can better control just where the paint will flow.

It's Personal: The best part is that you will know that the personalised gift wrap will be special for the recipient and there will be no other that is exactly the same.

Spooky - or Team Colours
Spooky - or Team Colours | Source

© 2013 Bronwen Scott-Branagan


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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      11 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Chin chin: Yes, it is simple to make and lots of fun to do, especially with children. Thank you for your comment.

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      Chin chin 

      12 months ago from Philippines

      Very simple to make. I remember my little kids did this as one of their art lessons when I was homeschooling them.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Seckin Esen: Thank you. It was fun doing it. I've just used the black and yellow one to wrap a gift for a granddaughter who is into spooky stories.

      AudreyHowitt: I'm glad you do, Audrey. It's not difficult and not too time-consuming either. Thank you for your comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Love, love this idea!

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      Seckin Esen 

      5 years ago from Ankara, Turkey

      Great Hub. I enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      phdast7: Thank you. I hope you have lots of fun doing it with your grandchildren. Lovely to hear from you.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a clever way to make wrapping paper. I wish I had known how to do this when my kids were small, but I will certainly do this with my grand kids. I always appreciate unusual and innovative gift wrapping anyway. Thanks for all the tips. Great Hub. Sharing. Theresa

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Sushma Webber: I'm so pleased that it is helpful. It's simple, fun, and looks good, too. Thank you for the compliment.

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      Sushma Webber 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      I had just been wondering what to do about making my own gift wrapping paper and here is the solution. Thanks for this great idea, so simple yet beautiful. Reminds me of Jackson Pollock's art.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you, the silver does look special. 100? Oh, the last time I looked it was 95. Does something happen when you reach 100? I hope you had a lovely day, too.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      I love the third gift wrap wonderful work of art :) I see you are soon heading for a 100 on hubpages hope you get it soon :)

      Do have an awesome Sunday

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      guraonphysio: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      6 years ago

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Gypsy48: Thank you. It's fun to share, too.

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      6 years ago

      What a creative idea, I love it. A good project for children. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Eiddwen: It might be useful with your grandchildren. I hope all is well with them and you.

      Thelma Alberts: Thank you for your comments - and for the votes, too.

      RTalloni: Yes, it is fun - both for young and old and I enjoy sharing ideas, too.

      rebeccamealey: Thank you for your lovely comments. It really does make good gift wrap because each one is different, so it is really personal.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very cool! I used to love blow painting with the kids, but I never thought of using it for gift wrap. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      What a fun, fun project to do with kids, and it has potential for some serious grown-up crafting. Thanks for sharing this idea with us!

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      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      What a fun way of making my own gift wrapper! Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful and shared.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful idea Blossom ;voted up and saved.


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Dear Faith Reaper, thank you for your lovely comments. I do hope that you try it and have fun. God bless you, too.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      How creative! You are an artist in every sense of the word. Love this idea here and thank you for sharing in your creativity dearest Blossom.

      I must try this. Your creations pictured here are phenomenal.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MsDora: Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you thought that, as I thought so, too.

      Frank Atanacio: That was great!

      tillsontitan: Lovely. It's fun to share and thank you for your votes.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Great idea Blossom! The results are lovely. Your instructions are easy to follow and anyone should be able to do it. Definitely a fun activity to share with children. Thank you for sharing with us!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      wonderful, useful, smart and practical need I say more?

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wonderful, creative ideas. The blue and silver look elegant. Thank you for sharing.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      kidscrafts: Yes, learning to control breathing is important. Thank you for your lovely comments, especially coming from you as you are so great with craft ideas.

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      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very nice result with all the colours, Blossom!

      There are so many advantages of creating wrapping paper especially for kids. They learn an art technique (and in this case... also breathing), they learn that creating the wrapping paper, is a gift in itself... and they have fun! It's also a precious time with an supervising adult.

      Thank you for sharing, Blossom!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Audrey Howitt: Thank you!

      Genna East: It's simple and fun, too. Thank you for your comment.

      Carter06: You're right. It is a great activity for grandchildren. Brown paper would be fine as long as you have bright colours, perhaps poster paints. It could be best to try out some of the papers first, to see if it works with them. It's frustrating if it just soaks in before patterns can be made.

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      6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Love this great idea Blossom and think it will be good to try with my granddaughters..for even just a fun activity on large sheets of paper, even a roll of brown paper would be good for kids..VUUA&I & shared..cheers

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      Genna East 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a wonderful idea - and so creative. :-)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I love this!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      always exploring: Thank you! You always make such lovely comments. Yes, it really is easy to do.

      phoenix2327: They'll certainly be doing that - and it's much nicer personalised, too.

      North Wind: I'm glad you like it and that the idea is helpful towards solving a problem. I do agree that the paper that is most often available does not always seem to be very attractive.

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      North Wind 

      6 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hello Blossom,

      This is a great idea. I always love to take my time wrapping the present itself because I think that that shows care. Making the wrapping paper makes it really meaningful too. Also sometimes I look for a nice wrapping paper and I have to settle for one I am not overly fond of. This does solve that problem :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a brilliant idea. Especially now that the stores will be stocking Christmas wrapping and charging through the nose.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You are so gifted in making so many interesting things, and your instructions are easy to follow. Thank you Blossom...

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      wetnosedogs: So glad that you enjoyed it. It's fun doing it, too.

      Jackie Lynnley: Do try, I'd love to know how you go.

      Nellieanna: Thank you. It is fun and it's a pleasure to share.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      6 years ago from TEXAS

      I love this! Thank you for sharing it, Blossom!! What fun, too!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Looks like fun! I may just try it. Thanks for sharing! ^

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      6 years ago from Alabama

      How interesting. I enjoyed this.


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