Today's geek craft project will teach you how to make your own nerdy wrapping paper! What's great about this project is that it's easy, inexpensive, and quick (excluding paint drying time, it can be completed within 30-60 minutes). Sure the store carries lots of wrapping paper options for purchase, but sometimes you need a more personal touch, or you just can't find the right print for that geek in your life.
1. Theme: Decide on a theme for your nerdy wrapping paper and pick images and symbol to make up your print pattern. Keep in mind that you'll be cutting the images out, so don't choose anything too intricate that you won't want to cut out. You can have 1 or 2 symbols that repeat, or a handful of images that make up your pattern; remember, this is custom so it can be whatever you like! For my geek wrapping paper I decided to make a Doctor Who print as well as a Harry Potter pattern.
- Use new paper. I recycled packing paper I had received in packages. I believe I would have gotten a better print if my paper was less wrinkly and actually laid flat while painting.
- Use thicker foam. My foam was roughly 1-2 mm thick. I would have purchased thicker foam or doubled mine up to create symbols with greater depth. This would have made the painting step easier and would have led to cleaner printing.
- Paint directly on the foam. I found I had more control on the amount of paint applied to each of my foam pieces when I individually applied paint using my fingers (or a brush) rather than rolling my tube through a "puddle" of paint.
- It doesn't have to be completely "perfect." A few extra drops of paint or a symbol that may have a couple bare spots adds to the charm of the paper!