Dip-Dyed Gift Wrap

This handmade gift wrap gets its bold color from a pantry staple — food coloring. Create a rainbow of colorful gift wraps this holiday season with a simple fold-and-dip technique.

This dyed paper is absolutely stunning! Learn how to easily create dyed tissue paper for the prettiest presents this year.

Head to the pantry for this stunning handmade Christmas gift wrap. Plain white tissue paper becomes a kaleidescope of hues thanks to food coloring. Simply fold, dip, and dry. This colorful gift wrap doesn't need bows or ribbon to wow. 

Try making hand-stamped wrapping paper. 

What You'll Need

  • Uncoated white or ivory tissue paper sheets
  • Gloves 
  • Food coloring (1–2 oz. of each color)
  • Small bowls 
  • Paper towels
  • Iron

Step 1: Fold the Paper

Fold tissue paper sheet into even accordion pleats, then into triangles or squares. Be creative with folding. Each way you fold will produce a unique pattern when the tissue paper is dyed. 

Step 2: Dip

Wearing gloves, squeeze each food coloring into a separate bowl. Dip a corner or edge into it. Pinch tightly to stop color from bleeding. Blot with paper towels. Repeat with different colors until you achieve the look you want.

Step 3: Dry and Iron

Carefully unfold, lay between two dry sheets of tissue paper, and press with warm iron. 

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