As soon as the Christmas supplies hit our local stores, I went on a hunt for great wrapping paper that I could use as a backdrop for the Gift Guide photos. I didn’t find anything that would work. I was so disappointed. Everything out there this year is super shiny, characters, or just not anything close to what I envisioned. I really love a great brown craft paper with simple designs. Instead, I decided to skip the designs altogether, and just get plain craft paper that I can dress up with dollar store ribbons, natural ropes, AND let my kids decorate. As you can guess, my kids were quick to jump on the paint your own wrapping paper project!
Having recently moved back to Idaho, I know that potatoes are used in more ways than just eating! Small potatoes are also perfect for little hands to use as a stamp! That’s exactly what we are going to do with this plain paper!
Stamped Christmas Wrapping Paper Tutorial
- 1 Roll Brown Craft Paper
- 1 Small Potato
- Small Carving Knife
- Kid-Safe Green Finger Paint
- Scissors (optional)
Parents only. Slice potato in half lengthwise. Use a small carving knife to cut out your Christmas tree design into the potato. You will only want to cut down about a centimeter, just enough to create the design but not enough to cut through to the exterior of your potato. Once you have your tree design cut into the center of your potato, cut away the excess to “raise” the tree, making the stamp (see photo).
Unroll the desired amount of craft paper onto your art table. Set something heavy (like a vegetable can) on the corners to secure your paper in place.
Pour finger paint onto a paper plate and gently dip your potato stamp into the paint. Stamp potato tree onto the face side of your craft paper. Repeat.
Tip: Change directions and stagger the stamp to avoid creating a line of trees (unless that’s the look you/your child wants).
Allow painted trees to completely dry before rolling up the paper or wrapping your gifts with it.
Dispose of your potato stamp when you are finished.