Hand-Printed Recyclable Gift Wrapping Paper

Natural DIY hand printed gift wrapping idea for Valentine's Day or an Anniversary

I gave Markus his anniversary present last November covered in hand-printed recyclable gift wrapping paper. If you are interested to learn how to DIY unique wrapping paper, then continue reading.

I promise you’ll find that it is super easy to make (less than 10 minutes) and very prone to be altered by your own creative ideas. In order to trigger your creative juices, I added some tips here and there. See if you can find them 😉

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Related: Find even more creative gift wrapping ideas HERE. You’ll find ideas for any occasion and season!

Supplies To Hand Print Gift Wrapping Paper

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What I like most about this tutorial is that the wrapping paper is recyclable, it can be made by kids & adults alike, and that you can probably make it from things you already have at home.

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January’s theme is GLITTER. Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it’s glitter themed. Make sure to check them out at the end of this post!

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How to Glitter Up your DIY Gift Wrap Paper

So, in order to make this project work for the glitter themed challenge ;-), I am sharing with you 4 ideas on how to add glitter to your hand-printed gift wrapping paper.

Glitter options to decorate and sparkle up your hand printed recycling gift wrapping paper

  1. You can use an already glittery acrylic paint to stamp your pattern onto the paper.
  2. You can add loose glitter (I regularly rummage in my make-up stash for crafty projects) to your paint.
  3. You can add sparkly ribbon as a finishing touch.
  4. You can highlight & embellish your stamped pattern with glitter glue pens.

How to Make Hand-Printed Recyclable Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Paper

Hand printed Valentine's Day gift wrapping idea. Learn how to use an empty tp roll to DIY a heart shaped stamp in this quick & easy tutorial. #craftifymylove #handprinted #giftwrapping #neutral #ValentinesDay

1 – Preparations to DIY Hand-Painted Wrapping Paper

If you want to give stamping on fabric a try, you’ll find a cute project HERE.

bend a toilet paper roll into a heart shape to create a custom stamp for hand printed wrapping paper that is perfectly recyclable

  1. Spread the shipping paper or brown paper out on your workspace.
  2. Place random items at the corners to weigh the paper down.
  3. Using an empty tp roll, you’ll be hand-shaping now the heart shaped stamp:
  4. Place the tp roll into your right hand and, using your left hand’s index, middle, ring, and pinky finger, push the tp roll in to create the inward pointy part of a heart.

Possible Variations:

  • Use white paper (e.g. from a Sketchbook) or black crafting paper and a contrasting color paint to achieve an altogether different look.
  • Use cookie cutters or a jar for a different stamp motive.
  • If you want, you can easily add a little glitter to your paint!
  • Advanced: You’ll even find tutorials on how to MAKE paper from scratch over at AllFreePaperCrafts.com

2 – Start The Stamping Process

dip the heart shaped tp roll into paint to hand print Valentine's Days hearts on your DIY wrapping paper made from brown paper

I placed only the lid of my paint on my work surface. That amount of paint should easily be enough. If you are using acrylic paint from a tube, you can use a paper plate, a little cling film or tin foil to hold your paint.

Now, dip the tp roll stencil into the paint and start stenciling from the inside out.


You can use your stamp several times after covering it with paint. I mostly did three repeats. This way your hearts will each look a little different.

Handmade tp roll heart printed unique Valentine's Day gift wrapping idea for kids and adults to make

3 – Build Up Your Pattern

Repeatedly stamp your DIY template and create a pattern on the shipping paper to make a brown paper gift wrap idea

If you are a sucker for symmetry, you could perfection the pattern of course. As I tend to #HeartThoseImperfections (I even made myself a t-shirt with that message) I tend to eyeball it.

4 – Finishing Touches

Your hand-printed recyclable Valentine’s Day gift wrapping paper is almost done.

Occasions to DIY hand-stamped wrapping paper for

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DIY recyclable hand stamped gift wrapping paper for kids and adults alike to make. Click to learn how this fun recycling craft using toilet paper rolls is done. #craftifymylove #kidscraft #ValentinesDay #recyclingcraft #tprollcraft #handstampedgiftwrappingpaper

Of course your DIY wrapping paper can be used for other occasions as well and not just for Valentine’s Day. I used it for Markus and my Anniversary. Mother’s Day, even Father’s Day and of course Birthdays are a good occasion to get crafty, too. If you change the stamp motive you can even make Christmas wrapping paper yourself.

Bonus Tutorial: How To Wrap a Gift

How to wrap a gift. Easy step-by-step instructions.

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(DIY) Gift Ideas To Inspire Your Creativity

  • Handmade gifts are something very special. If you are into crafting and want to make something special, check out all these amazing DIY Gift Ideas HERE.
  • If you prefer to buy a thoughtful gift, that is totally ok, too. You’ll find handy Gift Guides HERE.

Tell me in the comments: Have you already decided what to get for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?


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Comments (16)

  1. This looks so fun! I’m going to try making this handmade wrapping paper or just do it as an art project with my daughter!

    1. Thank you Deb, I thought so, too, and changed the post title last minute to nix the Valentine’s Day from it, lol.

    1. Thank you so much, Shauna. Now that you are saying it, I can remember that we made a cover for a notebook in elementary school. Happy memory!

  2. This looks so cute!!! I think that I will have the kids do this when they wrap up their dads bday gifts! Thanks for the idea

  3. Cute! my daughter will love this idea!
    thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

  4. You darling gal, what cute paper your created. I was anxious to see what you used to make the heart-shaped print. So clever! My 2018 Christmas holiday was so atrocious that I didn’t get any presents wrapped. Fairly well just threw them at people. And I love to wrap!! Maybe I can start now making holiday wrap for this year. Surely the holidays in 2019 will be brighter.

    1. My dear Leslie, I hope everything is ok? Let me know if I can help in any way! How sad, that you didn’t get to enjoy the Christmas holidays this past year. You are right that the next Christmas will come for sure, so why not start creating wrapping paper now.

    1. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too, Lauren. It is a super fun activity and so quickly made. You definitely should give it a try.

    1. I love hearts, too, Michelle. And i am a big fan of recycling crafts that you can start whenever creativity hits you.

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