Updated: Dec 4, 2020
I can't exactly tell you where my inspiration to make this DIY animal cookie wrapping paper came from, but let me be totally honest about this project. Do I love how it turned out? Yes. Would I do it again? No. At least not without better materials.
I decided to make my own 'stamps' using some animal puzzle pieces that we already had. I also intended to make these stamps out of super cheap sponges. Sadly, I couldn't find any cheap sponges at Kroger and really wanted to get this paper done THAT day. I probably could have found some at a dollar store but due to COVID and having a toddler, unplanned trips to the store are kind of hard to come by these days.
In order to save money, I made my own stamps out of cardboard. It was not ideal and if I were to do this project again I would probably search for the sponges with a little more effort OR make a stencil rather than a stamp. The reason is because the cardboard kind of stuck to the paper, had to be repainted before every single stamp, and they started to curl up after a bit.
Anyways, this is still a totally doable project and may inspire you to try something new this year with things you have around the house! After wrapping my daughters 12 books of Christmas that I got FOR FREE by hosting a party with my awesome book lady, I decided I had enough leftover wrapping paper from years past and did not need to make anymore.... Maybe next year I'll get a head start and some better stamps!
My plain white wrapping paper is from Hobby Lobby originally $4.99 but it was 40% off!
After letting the paint fully dry, I was able to roll the paper back up and store it until I was ready to wrap. I wrapped each present as normal, and then added the pom poms at the end with tiny dots of Elmers glue. It may go without saying, but don't add the pom poms until after you wrap and you will probably only want to add pom poms to the 'tops' or 'fronts' of your presents. You can purchase the mini pom poms I used here. It may be $10 but I've used them for 3 different projects already and could probably use them for 100 more! As an Amazon affiliate, I may make a commission on items purchased using my links at no additional cost to you.
Sneak my DIY ornaments in the picture above! This tutorial will be posted on the 5th day of Christmas as well as a template for all of my animal cookie projects! Make sure you are subscribed so you don't miss it!
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