Three Ideas For Creating Your Own Wrapping Paper

Ho ho ho: Santa Claus is taking a more creative approach to gift wrapping this year by creating his own paper.

Creative ways to wrap gifts: Would you like to add a personal touch to your Christmas gifts?

We are taking this opportunity to present three ideas that you can use to design your own wrapping paper. All three ideas meet the following requirements:
–       They are festive,
–       easy to do yourself,
–       and don’t require an extensive amount of time.

It doesn’t take much to create a lasting impression: Designing your own wrapping paper is a means of expressing even more appreciation for all those around you and will certainly attract attention underneath the Christmas tree.
Plus, these three ideas are ideal for all those who don’t have a lot of time: You probably already have all the materials you need to create your own wrapping paper at home. And if not, all you need to do is take a quick trip to the supermarket or stationery store.

Idea 1: Personal message
You need the following materials:
–       Brown or white packing paper
–       Black felt-tip pen
–       Jute thread or a narrow dark green ribbon

The first step is to cut the piece of paper to match the size of the gift. Then use a felt-tip pen to write on the entire top side of the paper. This time we have selected a classic holiday greeting: Merry Christmas.
By the way, you don’t have to be a calligraphy expert for this handicraft idea. Using felt-tip pens with a larger tip nearly ensures that your handwriting automatically looks neat.  In addition, your personal handwriting adds a distinct flair to the present and makes it even more personal.
As soon as you have finished writing your festive message all over the sheet of paper, then it’s time to wrap the gift and decorate it with the ribbon or thread that you have selected.

Idea 2: For the love of dots
You need the following materials:
–       Packing paper with a dark colour tone, such as forest green
–       White paint marker

Once again, cut off a piece of paper that matches the size of the gift. Then use the white paint marker to draw white dots all over the packing paper. Or instead you can use acrylic paint and a pencil with an eraser. The round eraser acts as a stamp – simply dip it into the paint and then press it on the piece of paper.
Make sure to give the dots enough time to dry and then use your own creation to wrap the present.

Idea 3: Alphabet stamps
Take the following:
–       Packing paper in white or brown
–       Stamp set with letters
–       Black rubber-stamp pad
–       Decorative tape

Instead of writing a small card, you can use stamps to convey a personal message to the recipient directly on the wrapping paper. The easiest way to do this is by using letter stamps. If you don’t have any, then there are other alternatives such as using the potato stamp technique or cutting letters out of a piece of foam rubber. Instead of using a rubber-stamp pad, you can also add acrylic paint or water colours to a flat dish. Decorate the packing paper with the stamps and make sure the letters have enough time to dry, as this will protect the gift from paint-splatters. Then use some tape featuring a festive design to add a colourful touch.

Just one more tip: It’s much easier to wrap gifts that are soft or have an odd shape if you place it in a box or carton with a suitable size beforehand. For example, you can use shipping cartons. This also is also a way to reduce the total amount of waste that accumulates when wrapping gifts.

Have we sparked your interest with these handicraft ideas? Then visit our website for more DIY projects: Spread Christmas cheer with simple decorations.

An article by Laura Trus

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