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Bubble Gift Wrap

Finally, a project that gives your kids permission to blow bubbles at the table. To create beautiful gift wrap out of white butcher paper, build up a froth of paint and water in a baking dish, then gently place the paper on top to create a print.


To minimize mess and contain splattered paint, place the baking dish on top of a cookie sheet. Also, cover the surrounding work surface with newspaper.


Washable kids' paint, $7 for ten 2-oz. bottles,


  • Washable kids' paint
  • Bubble solution
  • Baking dish
  • Baking sheet
  • Straws
  • White butcher paper


  1. Step 1

    Add 2 to 3 tablespoons paint to 1/2 inch bubble solution in baking dish; mix with a spoon. Place dish on baking sheet.

  2. Step 2

    Tilt baking dish to form a pool of the paint-bubble mixture. Use straws to blow bubbles in the mixture. (Supervise small children during this step to avoid ingestion.)

  3. Step 3

    Place paper on top of bubbles. Repeat until paper is covered. (You can layer colors on top of each other.) Add more paint for darker bubbles.

Martha Stewart Living, May 2013

Reviews (2)

  • 12 Jun, 2013

    I could not find butcher paper, only freezer paper. Where does one get it? The recipe in the magazine was off. The paint was too diluted, barely giving a print. I added a second 2 oz. bottle of paint, but it was still too diluted! It was very disappointing after buying all the supplies, and I need the paper for a birthday party with a fish theme by tomorrow! Now I just watched a Martha Stewart video on bubble wrap, but it doesn't represent what was publicized in the May 2013 issue! :(

  • 1 Jun, 2013

    We tried this at home and there are some things you need to know before you attempt this.