Day 13 — Creative Christmas Countdown

It’s Day 13 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and that means it’s my turn to share a special way to spend some holiday time with the kiddos! We chose to make handmade wrapping paper because it’s getting to be a real tradition around here. What I love about handmade wrapping paper is that there really isn’t a wrong way to make it, plus it’s so much more FUN to make your own!

I cut a super-cheap sponge into a holly leaf shape, and invited Clara to stamp with it all over a sheet of freezer paper. Fun!!

Next, she added some berries using a cork for a stamp! No corks on-hand? A cut carrot will work nicely for this too.

So pretty!!

It helps if you smile and laugh while you stamp! Extra bonus points for singing Christmas carols too. She loved this part!!

Allow to dry completely, then outline with marker (if desired), and wrap up your holiday gifts!!

Frugal, festive, and so much fun!!! Last year’s handmade wrapping paper design can be found here.

If you haven’t already seen the Creative Christmas Countdown, you should definitely take a look — it’s not too late to follow along with all the wonderful crafty fun.


  1. Such beautiful paper! I love how simple it is, but it really is pretty and looks like Clara had such a great time!

  2. The wrapping looks so jolly – lovely!

  3. still waiting for video of this one who sings while she paints… 🙂

  4. we are going to give this a go this year for grandparent gifts! Everything homemade from wrapping to gift tags! I can’t wait!

    Yours came out so birght & festive! LOVE it!

  5. Great idea! I love making homemade gift wrap – so much cuter and love that it’s personalized! The holly sponge and cork stamp are great ideas – thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Such pretty paper! I never thought to use freezer paper, great idea.

  7. With 9 granddaughters, all 6 and under, I’m an expert on cute little girls – yours ranks right up there! 🙂 (I do have 1 grandson – 19 months – pretty high in the cuteness factor too!)

  8. Oh yeah, nice wrapping paper idea too! LOL!

  9. I was planning on doing this with my girls next week! What do you use as your paper?

  10. I love this! I need to start this tradition in my home.

  11. We used to make wrapping paper every year when my older ones were little, but it fell by the wayside a few children ago! Always looks great though!

  12. So fun 🙂 We have been making our own wrapping paper too. We did some stamping with limes to make fun-shaped ornaments on the paper.

  13. So pretty – I love it!

  14. Hee hee, my post yesterday included some homemade wrapping paper too. Of course ours was a bit more free form.

  15. Love it, love it, love it!

  16. I’ve always used our easel paper for wrapping everything – I save it all year long!

  17. Love it – the combination of sponge printing and cork printing is great. We did cookie cutter printing this year for our paper.

    Thanks for sharing


  18. I think this is the best handmade wrapping paper design I’ve seen yet! I love the colors and the fact that you used freezer paper.

  19. I agree with Trisha – the best handmade christmas paper I have seen. We tried making christmas paper last year with potato cuts but sponges would have been so much better.


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