Unique, vibrant, and super easy, this paint splatter wrapping paper is fun to make and will look amazing on your gifts!

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Selection of gifts wrapped in homemade black paint splatter wrapping paper with neon bright splats and embellished with homemade braided, tasselled ribbon with a selection of paper flowers, colourful bottle brush Christmas trees and pom poms made from the same bright colour wool as the ribbon.

We were thrilled with how this paint splatter wrapping paper turned out.  It couldn’t be simpler to make, looks lovely and packs a punch in the impact department too.  Do you agree?

Plus, it’d work for absolutely any colour combination and season.  Yep, we said it – this homemade gift wrap is not just for Christmas 😉  So, what are you waiting for? Time to harness your inner Jackson Pollark!

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It’s easy to see that this paint splatter design will work with virtually any colour combination.  All you’re looking for is a contrast.

  • We LOVE this ‘black and brights’ combination.  Works all year round, for everyone, and is soooo eye catching.  Plus bright festives are so on trend right now.
  • What about trying black or white paint splats on colourful kraft paper?  
  • Or go monochrome with black on white and white on black.  
  • Lean into metallics with silver and gold.  On a black background for impact, white background for snowy vibes.  Or silver on gold and gold on silver for full-on lustre!  

What’s your favourite combo?  Share in the comments below. 

Selection of gifts wrapped in homemade black paint splatter wrapping paper with neon bright splats and embellished with homemade braided, tasselled ribbon and homemade colourful pom pom ribbon, with a selection of paper flowers, colourful bottle brush Christmas trees and pom poms made from the same bright colour wool as the ribbons.

Homemade Paint Splatter Wrapping Paper

What You’ll Need

All you’ll need is some paper, paint, and paintbrushes.  Detail below.

Paper

Plain kraft paper is ideal for this project.  And we really like this black kraft paper from Clairefontaine.  It’s thick enough to decorate without being too thick for wrapping.  

But you could add a paint splatter design to anything, from newspaper to old book pages, ordance survey maps, music sheets, etc.  

Paint

Acrylic paints offer the most vibrant colours and a good thickness of paint for an impactful design.  

We just love this non-toxic paint set from IKEA.  We used it for our fingerprint Christmas lights wrapping paper too.  The colours are so bright and the set is great value and lasts a long time.

Paintbrushes

We used some kids’ paintbrushes that I had bought from ELC years ago.  The thicker the brush, the easier it is to make impact with larger paint splats.   

But do think outside the box.  Old toothbrushes would work well for flicking paint too, for example.  

Paper plate with six splodges of neon paint in a circle around the edge and paint brushes perched on edge of plate with paint on bristles.

Festive Bright Paint Colours Ready To Make Paint Splat Gift Wrap

Tips & Tricks For Making Paint Splatter Wrapping Paper

As we say, it’s super easy to make paint splatter wrapping paper.  But here’s a few things to bear in mind as you’re prepping:

  • Paint goes everywhere!  (We were finding flicks of neon green for days hahaha!)  If you can, work outside.  Otherwise be sure to cover the area under and around in newspaper or a sheet to avoid getting paint on the floor / furniture.
  • Practice on a piece of scrap paper to get your technique before you start on the main piece.
  • For thicker blobs of paint, splat closer to the paper.  For more of a firework flick effect, hold the brush further away.  Try different size paintbrushes for different flick effects.
  • Remember that you’re creating wrapping paper, not a single art piece.  The sides of the gifts wrapped will likely be a lot smaller than the area you’re working on now.  So, you’ll need reasonable paint coverage throughout and right up to the edges.
  • If using multiple colours, try to build up an even amount of each across the sheet and then step back to spot areas where one colour dominates.
Black kraft paper laid out on top of newspaper with neon paint splats across it, and in background a plate with paint splodges and paint brushes.

Making Paint Splatter Wrapping Paper

Finishing Touches

We really enjoyed adding some extra flair to our wrapped gifts to tie in the paint colour theme.

Braided Wool ‘Ribbon’

We made some braided wool ‘ribbon’ using three strands of brightly coloured wool: electric pink, bright orange, and neon green.  We left a tassel at each end which we think looks really pretty when tied on the gift.

Homemade braided 'ribbon' made from strands of brightly coloured wool with tassel ends, on top of paint splatter wrapping paper.

Homemade Tassel Braided Ribbon

Pom Pom ‘Ribbon’

We threaded some colourful pom poms at equal intervals onto three strands of brightly coloured wool using a wool needle to create this fun ribbon design.

Gift wrapped in black paint splattered gift wrap with homemade 'ribbon' around the box, made from brightly coloured wool threaded through colourful pom poms at intervals.

Homemade Pom Pom Ribbon

So what do you think?  Will you be making some paint splatter wrapping paper this year?  What colour combo will you try?  Share your ideas in the comments below – we’d love to hear your ideas.