Christmas, Crafts, Paint Play

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

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This is a great process that will be sure to engage your 2+ year old artist, while providing you with hand printed (in this case, foot printed) holiday wrapping paper as a result.


  • Washable tempera paint (we used three different shades of green)
  • Roll paper
  • Dot markers, crayons, colored pencils
Helping mama set up the play invitation.
A foot washing station is an important part of this set up!
Ready to go!


  1. Set up the print play invitation by laying paper flat and weighing down with stones, setting paint in shallow containers adjacent to paper.
  2. Model the possibilities of how to use the materials.
  3. Let your child explore.
  4. When the messy footprints are dry, you can invite your little artist to dot paint and draw on top of their footprints with a different color.

This invitation was set up for my four year old artist. Miss 17 months wanted nothing to do with this messiness.

Process over Product

My adult vision for this project was cute little Christmas tree feet printed all over the wrapping paper, but the artist went in a different direction. Art play for children is about the process, not the product. When your child is “done”, the paper could look different than your adult mind imagined it would. Don’t interfere. Celebrate their process for what it is.

I hope you are able to give this fun process a go soon. Your little artist is sure to have a blast, and the unique wrapping paper will most certainly be treasured by its recipient. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Make Your Own Wrapping Paper”

  1. Omg this looks amazing to do no matter what age you are. I would even do it as an adult because why not get in touch with our childish roots 😀
    I was actually curious if you would be interested in writing a post about adopting a family for the holidays. Another blogger put together a wonderful post and im hoping to spread as much love and healing light towards this family to help them have an amazing Thanksgiving. Check out her article
    And let me know if you have any questions I would be happy to answer them. Look forward to collaborating on this amazing venture and spreading some love and light for the holidays. 😀

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