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Holiday Craft: DIY Wrapping Paper

A very merry mess!

By Becky Vlaming, owner of Creative Jane Art Studio

‘Tis the season to get crafty! Scrape painting is a simple yet stunning way to create your own unique wrapping paper. The key to creating eye-catching patterns is choosing the right color palette. Think about colors that blend well together and won’t turn to mud if the hues get over-mixed. We used red and green for Christmas but you could also use warm tones (like reds, oranges and yellows) or cool tones (like blues and greens) to create beautiful results. No matter how the wrapping paper turns out, it’s going to get ripped up eventually — so just have fun!

 DIY Wrapping Paper Materials and Tools:

  • Kraft or white butcher paper   
  • Old gift cards or credit cards   
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors

How to DIY Scrape Painting Wrapping Paper:

Step 1: Lay down a large piece of white butcher paper.

Step 2: Squirt two or three colors in dots or swirls onto the paper. 

Step 3: Put an old credit card or gift card edge down at the top of your paper. Pull the card toward you through the paint without lifting the card up from the paper. 

Step 4: Repeat the process, overlapping and experimenting with how the colors blend and make patterns. 

Step 5: Once your paper is full of paint and you’re satisfied with its appearance, set it aside to dry for a couple hours. 

Step 6: After the paper is fully dry, make rolls to give as gifts or use the paper to wrap presents for your loved ones. 

Creative Jane Art Studio in Winter Park gives children (and adults!) the opportunity to create with curiosity. Check out their winter schedule for Winter Break Mini-Camp (grades K–5), holiday workshops, art play classes for toddlers and preschoolers and after-school painting and drawing classes. 1781 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 321-972-9100 @creativejaneorl

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