Paint-Spattered Gift Wrap

This makes
beautiful gift wrap! Just choose the right colors for the right season.
Red & green for Christmas, pastel for spring or Easter. The
possibilities are endless!

children and I made this instead of purchasing gift wrap! It was easy
and fun! You can use this for any occasion. Color
coordinating bows finish the job.

You will need to
have plenty of paper towels on hand for cleaning up. Spread lots of
newspaper down and wear old clothes. Also have water for cleaning
brushes, etc


  • acrylic or
    tempera paints

  • Cheap paintbrush – about 1/2′ wide. The 5 yr old used a toothbrush.

  • Small containers to put paint in. Egg cartons, clean yogurt
    containers, etc.
  • Paper to paint. We have used the brown craft paper, newsprint (free
    from the newspaper), or butcher paper.


Pour a small
amount of paint into your container. Add a little water to thin it
down some. Stir it well. Do this for as many colors as you want to

Cut pieces of
paper whatever size you want. Dip your brush into the paint Hold the
brush above the paper and tap the brush with your other hand sharply
so the paint spatters onto the paper. Little ones using a paint brush
can flick their thumb across the brush. Continue this with ONE color
until you have as much on as you like.

You can add more
color layers but make sure your first layer is completely dry! 


You can also
sponge paint your paper for another neat affect!

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