Guest Post | How To Make Hand-Printed Wrapping Paper With Your Kids

Hi Made By Joel readers! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here. My name is Phoebe and I’m a printmaking artist over at elSage Designs. Like Joel my boys and I like to create things. It’s pretty rad when the things we create can become useful beyond the project itself, like wrapping paper for birthdays and the holidays. We’ve used potatoes and sweet potatoes to stamp our own wrapping paper.

Making your own wrapping paper is eco friendly, budget friendly and kid friendly. This video tutorial (below) shows you how with easy to follow steps. I hope you enjoy this project!

Thanks for the amazing tutorial Phoebe!

Also, Phoebe’s elSage Etsy Shop is definitely worth checking out!


  1. November 8, 2011 at 10:15 am

    We wrap and then decorate. This seems much easier! Thanks for sharing! Fun video!!

  2. November 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    We roll a length of paper out in the hallway (ours has no carpet) - or on the path outside and put paint on the childrens feet and let them walk up and down the length of the paper, changing colours and having a lot of fun. just be prepared before hand with towels and wet cloths for a quick clean up after. My mum has keep a sample of each one we have sent as a record of the children growing up. (we also get the end rolls from the local printers which still have quite a bit of paper still on them making it even cheaper)

  3. November 8, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Love this idea, perfect for getting the whole family involved in the wrapping of gifts. ~Heidi

  4. November 8, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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  5. November 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    The teacher at our preschool has the kids do this and then we auction a roll of it off at our annual fundraising auction. Super cute!

  6. November 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Great ideas everyone! And thanks again Phoebe. I can't wait to try this out with the kids! Looks so fun and easy!

  7. November 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Great ideas! I am excited to try the feet prints at some point. The end rolls sound like they'd be right up my alley too (right now I'm using butcher paper that was in the throw away pile at my dad's school because it's water damaged on one end). A huge thank you to Joel, I really enjoyed posting here. Thanks so much for having me.

  8. November 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm

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  9. November 9, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Fantastic tutorial, thank you Phoebe!

  10. November 12, 2011 at 10:17 am

    This reminded me of making stain art using potatos when I was in elementary school :)

  11. November 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm

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