Falling Leaves Wrapping Paper

September marks the beginning of the birthday season for many members of our family, so Clara and I made some fun autumn wrapping paper this afternoon! This is a super-simple project that even the little ones can do with great success. All you need to make your own are some toilet paper rolls, paint, and some freezer paper — that’s it!

I cut the toilet paper rolls in half, and smooshed them a bit to look like leaves. Then Clara dipped them in some paint…..

….and had a blast stamping leaves all over our freezer paper!!

We used fall colors of yellow, orange, red, and brown…. so colorful!! We used a different toilet paper roll stamper for each paint color.

Allow all the paint to dry, then wrap up your gift!!

I like to add a pretty bow, just for fun!

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  1. Beautiful – great work, Clara!

  2. Wow, in all my time teaching I’ve never seen this idea!! Very clever, and beautiful.

  3. That does look a bit like leaves – very nice!

  4. Dear Valerie,

    I was trying to figure out how Clara managed to get so much mustard on her sleeve. Now I know!


  5. oo this turned out wonderfully!! Love the fall colors!! So funny how there are totally birthday seasons!

  6. Your gifts always look so pretty because you make the coolest wrapping paper! I love it.

  7. Freezer paper? Is that like parchment paper?

    • Sort of, it’s in the same section where they sell plastic wrap and aluminum foil at the grocery store. We use it all the time!

  8. That is gorgeous! I even like that idea for doing a print to frame!

  9. How do you think of these things?! A smooshed TP tube to form leaves?!! You are super mom!! And im a little jealous of your creativity πŸ˜‰ Hehe. Oh and i totally wish i was a member of your family b/c that wrapped present with that big bow is beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Rebecca! I wish you could spend a day with us at our house. We would have so much fun!! πŸ™‚

  10. The bow makes it! Would never have thought of using toilet paper tubes as a stamp – brilliant!

  11. It’s beautiful wrap, great idea.

  12. This wrap is very colorful indeed and Clara looks like she is really enjoying herself.

  13. Hi, just stumbled across your blog. What a fab idea! Lord knows we could all do with being a bit more frugal in this tricky times! Thanks for all the ideas.

  14. Absolutely LOVELY!!

    I have never heard of freezer paper before??

    • It’s a wonderful thing! Look for it with the plastic wrap and aluminum foil at your grocery store. We use it all the time!

  15. In our town there is a recycling trailer behind the newspaper printing place . I asked for permission and went in . There I found a whole pile of blanks,Papers that didn’t print. I am all set to do this on my free paper!!!

  16. October marks a busy birthday month for my family, we could make this!! Great project!

  17. This is AWESOME! Seriously, I just HEART your blog SO much.

  18. I love it! Seriously I sometimes can’t decide what I like more…the creative projects or the smiles of your girls every time they are doing a project!

  19. I just saw in a magazine the other day a similar project! Use the toilet paper rolls and dip them in either orange or red paint to make pumpkins or apples. I will be using your idea too! Thanks!

  20. We also did this to make “flowers”! Just smoosh them to make ONE crease for a “petal” shape. I glued 5-6 rolls together (crease side in the middle, rounded side out) and my daughter LOVED playing with it!


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