I love giving books as gifts, but hate having to constantly pay for wrapping paper and cards. As we were preparing for a recent children’s birthday party, I realized that the butcher paper we use for crafts is the perfect size for wrapping a book! I laid out the butcher paper, gave my kids our dot paints, and let them create their own design for the paper. They had a blast making the wrapping paper and were so excited to give it to their friend at the party.
One of my friends had recently mentioned writing a note inside the book as a substitute for the card, so I took her suggestion and wrote my well wishes there. The cost of wrapping paper and cards add up quickly and it felt good to find a free solution that my kids enjoyed engaging in. I stuck a big bow on top and we headed off to the party.
Make Your Own Wrapping Paper
- Butcher Paper
- Dot Paints or any medium you want to use (markers, crayons, stamps, etc.)
- Scissors and Tape to wrap the present
I simply laid out the paper and let my kids design it however they wanted. Then I cut the paper to fit the gift and wrapped it. That’s it!
If you wait until the morning of the party like I did, however, you may need to pull out a blow dryer to help the paint dry faster. My kids took turns and had almost as much fun drying the paint as they did making their wrapping paper!
Quick Tip: In the past when I’ve used butcher paper, I have also used painter’s tape to hold it down on the floor. Painter’s tape is great because if you remove it gently, it usually will not ruin wood floors.