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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!

My 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 use.

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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