A Fun (and Practical!) Craft Idea: DIY Painted Wrapping Paper

Whether you're out of store-bought wrap or you're looking for a more creative way to dress up a gift, we think you'll love this fun DIY project.

All done!

Have you ever run around the house looking for paper to wrap up last-minute gifts? I sure have. In fact, it happened to me this week when I was looking for something to wrap my daughter’s birthday gift. Suddenly, the small gift bags that had once been in plentiful supply were all gone, and my only other option was Christmas-themed paper. I decided enough was enough. It was time to make our own using materials we have around the house—and in the fridge.

What you’ll need:
• A sheet or two of old newspaper
• Acrylic paint, watered down just a tiny bit
• Wide foam brush (we got ours at the dollar store)
• One fresh bunch of baby bok choy


1. Use the wide foam brush to paint the newspaper paper. (We went with a light coat of white.) Don’t worry if some of the print shows through (this is art!). Let dry.

2. Slice off the bottom 2″ of the baby bok choy. Make sure the cut is straight and even.

Will you stamp in tidy rows, or totally at random? Don’t tell anyone, but this craft is also a personality test :)

3. Take a bok choy break and have a snack. The leaves are delicious eaten raw. (Tip: they’re really good dipped in light soy sauce!)

Ok. Back to work.

4. Brush the sliced end of boy choy with a thin layer of paint. This is your stamp.

5. Stamp away!

You can also use potatoes, lemons, and apples to make pretty designs, but we liked how the bok choy looked like a small flower. It’s the perfect size for small hands, too.

That’s it! Let your paper dry before you wrap your gift. (I hope you didn’t leave it to the VERY last minute.)

Speaking as someone who has wrapped birthday gifts in Christmas paper I really like how this idea makes our lives a bit simpler and makes the gift-giving process a little more fun.

 Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.


One response to “A Fun (and Practical!) Craft Idea: DIY Painted Wrapping Paper”

  1. Carly says:

    Love this idea! The bok choy flowers are beautiful.

    Every now and then, when I forget my own bags, I select paper bags at the grocery store if the option exists. Then we keep them for wrapping gifts and often skip the painting it a “solid” colour step. When the Little Man was littler, we would give him crayons and washable markers to decorate the wrapping paper with – plus, if you’re running late, it’s a great option as you don’t have to let anything dry before wrapping.