Make Watercolor-Inspired Wrapping Paper

easy watercolor-inspired gift wrapNever mind the store-bought stuff, next time you’re in the market to wrap a special gift, follow this quick tutorial and make the packaging extra pretty. I embraced a simple technique to give a friends’ gift a watercolor-esque flair, and you can do it too. Watercolors are classically beautiful and also refreshingly easy to employ in your DIY projects (aren’t these gift tags fun?), and while I’ve never been able to master watercolor painting from a fine art aspect, I do like to embrace them given a creative and hard-to-mess-up opportunity. I’m feeling all sorts of love for shades of purple this spring, as if I’m reverting back to my childhood purple-loving self (the color on the far right? My mom let me paint my bedroom that color!), so that’s the color palette I chose for this project. Love purple? Check out this palette of inspiring lilac, plum, and violet paint colors. Side note: Interested in the colors in the above palette? They’re paint chips from Sherwin-Williams. From left to right: Rhapsody Lilac, Ash Violet, Searching Blue, Grape Harvest, and African Violet

With just a few simple materials—an eyedropper, dye of your color choice, water, and matte-finish paper (kraft paper, or, as I use, tissue paper)—you can make your own watercolor-inspired wrapping for a special gift. How to make watercolor-inspired wrapping paper.


Step 1

 Open GalleryUsing the eye dropper, drip the dye onto the tissue paper to make DIY wrapping paper.With the eyedropper, drip dye directly onto the matte (non-shiny) side of a sheet of tissue paper.

Step 2

 Open GalleryDrop water over each dot of dye to dilute the color and create a DIY watercolor effect.While the dye droplets are still raised, rinse out the eyedropper and re-drip water over every droplet. This will dilute the dye, and once dry, give each dot a watercolor effect.

Step 3

 Open GalleryHow to create a watercolor effect on DIY wrapping paper.Continue until all of the dye droplets are covered with water. Starting to see the cool effect?

Step 4

 Open GalleryAbsorb the excess dye and water to reveal a watercolor-esque pattern on the wrapping paper.Follow up immediately with an old absorbent rag (emphasis on the old, as you’re about to ruin it with dye), and lightly dab the raised droplets to absorb the excess water and dye. You’ll be left with a watercolor-esque pattern on the tissue paper, and a beautifully dyed towel (which itself would make cute gift wrap).

Step 5

 Open GalleryDIY spotted watercolor gift wrap.Once it’s dry, wrap your gift and tie it up with a bow. Use the right ribbon (or in my case, jute!) and consider dip-dyeing the ends to match. Happy gifting!


  • Eyedropper
  • Liquid dye
  • Water
  • Tissue paper
About Emily Fazio 


I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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2 Responses

  1. Bee Tee says:

    Simply awesome…Easy twist to something we require so often…great idea

    I too tried my hand at some easy gift/favour boxes
    Do take a look…we would love your comments tooo…

  2. Kelly Smith Trimble says:

    I love this project. It looks like shibori dyeing!

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