(Congratulations to Laura Williamson, the winner of the Sarah Rosedahl books, Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z, and the Coloring Book Companion.)
When I wrap Christmas presents, I like the wrapping to say something about the interests of the person. My husband Zach is an outdoor-sy man so I often wrap his presents in simple brown paper and in lieu of a bow, I add some greenery and a pine cone. It’s rustic, and suits him well. My brother likes contemporary art, so I like to find wrapping that’s different from traditional Christmas colors and themes. Last year I found a black paper for him with abstract silver snowflakes.
Many of my friends and relatives are keeping chickens these days and I felt that their chicken themed gifts needed a touch of “chicken” on the wrapping as well. Try as I might, I couldn’t find chicken wrapping paper anywhere, so I decided to make it myself. I’ll share what I did in this post so you can make your own chicken themes wrapping paper.
How I made the stencils:
I started with a simple sketch of some chicken images; a profile of a hen, an egg, and a chicken footprint.
Then I used a fine tip marker to define the outline.
I took a piece of translucent velum to add a Santa hat and scarf that will fit the chicken when stenciled in layers.
Then I took a direct photo of the images (scanning would have worked better, but our scanner is broken) and made a digital copy.
I cleaned up the images and resized them to fit on an easy-to-print 8.5×11 sheet of paper.
How to make the wrapping paper
A print of the Chicken Stencils above
Card-stock or even better, plastic transparency paper
dense fiber sponge
small paint brush
brown craft paper, white butchers paper
- Begin by printing off a copy of the stenciled images onto a piece of card-stock. You can re-size this image if you’d like. Make it larger, smaller etc.
- To make the stencils re-usable, you can trace them onto a piece of plastic transparency paper. The card-stock works well for a while, but if you’re planning on making a lot of paper, eventually the card-stock becomes warped due to the moisture in the paint.
- Use the cutting blade and cutting board to carefully cut out the images.
- Roll out a length of brown paper. This will be your wrapping paper. The non-waxy side of butchers paper works well too.
- Squeeze a bit of paint on the paper plate and dab your sponge into it.
I used these nifty stencil sponges from Martha Stewart craft line. I had them from a large stenciling project in our spare bedroom. But you can cut down any dense fiber sponge. Dab the sponge on scrap paper to remove the extra paint.
6. Place your stencil down on the wrapping paper and pounce in the paint.
7. Let paint dry completely before layering and before wrapping any presents.