Do it yourself patterned wrapping paper made with bubble wrap

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

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This is a fun and extremely easy project that my five year old son was able do. Great for wrapping holiday gifts for relatives.

Mix water-based paint with water and paint onto the textured side of bubble wrap with a wide brush. You can print the pattern onto brown or white craft paper. If you want to be extra eco-friendly, use the inner side of old brown paper shopping bags. Paint enough on so that every bubble gets covered, but don't use too much or it will slosh in between the rows.

Quickly, before the paint starts to dry, flip your bubble wrap over onto the craft paper. Use your hand to smooth the back down, so that every bubble comes into contact with the paper. Then peel off the bubble wrap. If desired, you can let the pattern dry and then use a different color bubble wrap pattern over the top for a layered effect. I used plain white string to tie the package.

This technique also works with the large bubble wrap (with much wider circles).

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