DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper – Toddler-Friendly Painting

‘Tis the season to DIY! Well, we are about 60 days out from Christmas still but this ISO has me running out of toddler activities. So why not get creative with some DIY Christmas wrapping paper! Made with items you probably have at home (because the shops are closed). This toddler-friendly activity is a great way to ring in the festive season this year!

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What you will need

DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper – Toddler-Friendly Painting
  • Butchers Paper – I use THIS one but any thin large cut paper will do.
  • Magic Eraser Sponges (or any sponges will do) – If you have never cleaned with these you HAVE to try them!
  • Crayola Washable Kid’s Finger Paint (or any child safe paint)
  • Pegs and washing line for drying (or a large floor space you can lay out your work where your toddler won’t go running through
Butchers Paper
Magic Eraser Sponges (or any sponges will do)
Crayola Washable Kid’s Finger Paint
What You’ll Need:
Butcher’s paper, Magic eraser sponges and Crayola Washable Finger Paint

How To Make DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

The first step is to make your sponge stamps. Here are the steps I used to make 3 different shapes:

1. Draw desired shape onto sponge to use as a guide for cutting
1. Draw desired shape onto sponge to use as a guide for cutting
2. Draw desired shape onto sponge to use as a guide for cutting
2. Draw desired shape onto sponge to use as a guide for cutting
3. Using a sharp paring knife, slice about 1 third into the sponge, following your drawn guide.
4. Turn the sponge on its side and slice only to the top cut you already made.
3. Using a sharp paring knife, slice about 1 third into the sponge, following your drawn guide.
4. Turn the sponge on its side and slice only to the top cut you already made.

Before you even let your toddler see the paint, you want to get your work station set up. We have been here before when we first tried out painting hubby a father’s day present. You can read about our mess-free set up HERE

All you need is a spare mattress protector, old shirt and a tonne of baby wipes.

Related: Father’s Day Gifts You Can Make With Your Toddler

5. Spread a good amount of paint onto the shape side of the sponge and use to lightly stamp the butcher's paper in the desired pattern
5. Spread a good amount of paint onto the shape side of the sponge and use to lightly stamp the butcher’s paper in the desired pattern

For Jaxon he is familiar with painting and stamping his hands in the paint so it was pretty quickly

6. Away you go!
6. Away you go!
7. Hang to dry
7. Hang to dry

We are lucky enough to have an under cover area to hang our work, especially as the weather has been pretty unpredictable lately. A spot on the floor inside is fine too – just keep your little one out of that room until the paper is dry!

8. The final result!
8. The final result!

Related: 31 Christmas Outfits for Your Baby’s First Christmas!

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed using the magic eraser as it held paint well and allowed for several stamps before needing to reload. They also washed out really well and we will be able to use them again!

I would have liked to use a more bold paint but the finger paints allowed the works of art to dry quickly and considering they will likely be thrown away as wrapping paper, the cheaper paints served their purpose.

We added a nice Christmas ribbon and a sprig of fresh pine tree from our backyard which is blooming beautifully this time of year!

However you decide to decorate and add to your DIY wrapping paper, I am sure your loved ones will appreciate a masterpiece from your bubba.

Will you give this a go? Don’t forget to let me know how you go!

Much Love (and Merry Christmas),
Veronika Xx

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