DIY Stenciled Wrapping Paper

Experiment with multiple layers of reusable cardboard stencils to create personalized wrapping paper.

By Lori Zimmer
May 2017


Breathe new life into that old cardboard box by learning from contributors located around the world that come together in The Art of Cardboard(Rockport Publishers, 2015), by Lori Zimmer. Although paper and cardboard seem to be common materials, discover the unexpectedly beautiful, intricate art that can be created using repurposed and upcycled resources.

Making personalized wrapping paper is an easy way to experiment with multiple layers of stencils. The stencils can be reused again and again with different colors and placement to create as many designs as your heart desires.


• Thin cardboard (reclaimed from the back of a sketch pad works well)
• X-Acto knife
• Straight edge
• Roll of paper
• Spray paint