Whether you need holiday wrapping paper, birthday present or unique packaging for someone special, DIY wrapping paper can add the personal touch that makes a gift a gift.
The best way to start your DIY wrapping paper is by looking around the house to see what you already have. Large desktop calendars, old magazines, cardboard, kraft paper and other miscellaneous items may just surprise you with how good they look when they turn into wrapping paper. You can also look around the house for items such as Popsicle sticks, string, soda weapons and old erasers ̵
Stamp it Up
Take a simple base paper and stamp it with your basic acrylic paint for some fun, unique designs and shapes. The trick for creating wrapping paper that stands out is getting creative. Find items such as Popsicle sticks, wine caps, eraser, foliage or even pieces of fruit and dip them in color to create your own stamp. First test the stamp on a test paper and then, once you have perfected the shape, go to town on your wrapping paper.
You can also create a custom stamp with a potato and a knife. Cut the potato in half and carve the raw side of the potato with the shape you want to stamp that protrudes from the potato. Then just use the potato that you would do with any other stamp. It may take a minute to find out the best way to shred the potato, so you may want some extras on hand. Our secret potato stamp hack? Use the cookie cutter on the raw side of the potato to help you create a fun, clean stamp shape.
Like the stamped paper, all you need for splatter painted wrapping paper is a base paper and some acrylic paint. Lay out the base paper and dip a medium sized brush in color freely. Sprinkle the paint across the paper by swinging in the arm or tilting the paintbrush. Try to stand closer and farther from the paper and at different angles to achieve different splatter patterns. Whether you go full Pollock or keep it simple, let the paper dry for about two hours before using it.
If the simple splashes don't feel festive enough, you can try adding a fun gift certificate or bow. You can use a string of tinsel, a fun ribbon or even a cut of a plastic department store bag to tie up the package and give it some fun personalization .
If you do not have time to splash or stamp, printing can be careful. There are several places online with free printable wrapping paper designs and the best place to look for them is Pinterest or Etsy. Printable wrapping paper works best on lightweight but sturdy base paper. If you have recycled paper, this structure works well for wrapping paper and absorbs the ink quite well. However, printable wrapping paper only works for smaller packages because you need to be able to wrap it with a sheet of paper to get a seamless look. If you have a typical printer, the largest you can print at home is 8.5×14 (legal paper). If you want to print something larger, you must go to a specialty store.
 If you want to make printable wrapping paper a little more DIY-ish, try creating your own design on your computer and print it. If you work with a small enough paper, you do not need to make the design seamless.
In order not to confuse you with your practical, dandy packaging material, you can make a fun DIY wrapping paper with actual bubbles. You will need 60 kilos of paper, bubble solution and food coloring. Take your paper and place it on a flat surface. Then take your bubble solution and dump about half a cup into a clear container and put in a generous amount of food coloring.
You want the bubble solution to be pretty dark. Take your bubble stick and blow bubbles of different sizes on the paper. When the colorful bubbles land and pop, they leave behind a unique texture and pattern. When you are done with the bubbles, let the paper dry for about two or three hours.