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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.

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2013


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. 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. 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. 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.

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