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Project

Bubble Print Wrapping Paper

Introduction

Every holiday season, stores offer an astounding array of wrapping paper in every design, pattern, and color imaginable. Of course, there's still a quality to wrapping paper you make yourself that lends a special look to any present on which it's used. This project transfers the random pattern of bubbles that form when you blow air through a mix of tempera paints.

Materials

  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Tempera paints
  • Plastic containers
  • Rubber spatula
  • Tape
  • Straws
  • Butcher's paper, cut into 18-inch squares

Steps

  1. Step 1

    In the measuring cup, mix 1 cup water with 1/2 cup dish soap to form the base for each color. For this project, we created green and red patterned paper. To mix the green coloring, we combined 1/2 cup green, 1/4 cup gold, and 1 tablespoon red paint in a plastic container using an old rubber spatula. We darkened the red by mixing 1/2 cup red with 1/4 cup green and 1 tablespoon blue. Add 1/2 cup dishwashing liquid plus 1 cup water to each container of paint. To create a larger surface area, you can pour paint mixture, one color at a time, into a rimmed baking sheet, if desired.2. Tape two straws together, and blow into the paint mixtures. Be careful not to inhale. Once bubbles have formed, lightly press the paper over the bubbles so they leave an imprint. You can make the pattern as dense or sparse as you choose. If the bubbles pop, blow more. Hang the paper until dry.

  2. Step 2

    Tape two straws together, and blow into the paint mixtures. Be careful not to inhale. Once bubbles have formed, lightly press the paper over the bubbles so they leave an imprint. You can make the pattern as dense or sparse as you choose. If the bubbles pop, blow more. Hang the paper until dry.