By Noreen Doll.
Here’s an easy way to make your own camo wrapping paper – and recycle as well.
Save the crumpled brown paper that is packed in boxes you’ve had shipped to you.
Use green and black paints to create camouflage wrapping paper.
Notice that you can barely see the twine bow. That’s because it is camouflaged, which makes it perfect for this wrap!
What You Need.
Brown packing paper
Paints, Black and Green
Plastic Lid to hold the paint
What You Do.
1. Smooth the crumpled paper out with your hands. If you want it very smooth, you can iron it, but the wrinkles really help give it the camouflage look.
2. Prepare your paints. Because I only had bright green and preferred olive green, I mixed some of each of the black and bright green paints together until the green was the shade I wanted.
3. Put the paints in separate lids (saved from containers for that purpose).
4. Crumple about 1/4th of a sheet of computer paper for each color, and flatten the bottom side.
5. Dab the crumpled bit of paper in one of the colors and remove most of the paint onto the lid. Then pat it around randomly on the brown paper, twisting it a little as you pat.
Leave some splotches lighter in color than others. Add more paint as you need it.
6. After you have several splotches of one color on the paper, repeat the action with the other color.
Overlap some of the colors in places, rub them together – whatever makes the camouflage color look good to you.
7. Let dry. The camo wrapping paper is ready to be used.
Use pinks, purples, or blues for young ladies’ camouflage wrapping paper.
Your really can’t do this wrong. The camouflage paper does look better if you don’t make the splotches too large or too solidly dark.
To hold the paint, I use cottage cheese, sour cream, or oatmeal lids. They can be washed and reused, or tossed.
I used finger paints I had on hand, and they worked just fine, but you could use any kind of paint.