December 6, 2012

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial - The Thinking Closet

DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet Greetings, friends! My name is Lauren, and I'm delighted to be a part of the guest post extravaganza here at Sugar Bee Crafts. Thanks, Mandy, for this wonderful opportunity!

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Deeeeeelighted.  When I'm not teaching theatre or boating on the lake with my husband, Mark, you can find me at The Thinking Closet, my blog, which is my space for letting creativity to splish, splash, and spill. (I'm all about making messes. Smile.) My projects tend to fall into one of five categories: DIY, home decor, sewing, journaling, or all of the above. I'd love it if you'd stop on by! Visit my blog, The Thinking Closet!
 I don't know about you, but it seems like I never have the right wrapping paper on hand - - don't get me wrong, I have plenty, but it's either too feminine or too childlike, not the right holiday or not the right size. So, I've been experimenting lately with alternatives to store-bought wrapping paper, and I've come across a few discoveries I'm eager to share with you.

Here's the deal:

By the end of this tutorial, you will have an arsenal of five fabulous methods for making your own wrapping paper. Why are they fabulous?
  • they're quick - five minutes or less
  • inexpensive - you can find your supplies around the house
  • & eye-catching - your gifts are bound to be stand-outs under the tree this year!

Let's get started, shall we?

First, you'll find that a standard base paper of either brown butcher paper or white/black craft paper is helpful. We bought our butcher paper at Home Depot to serve as a "drop-cloth" for painting - - however, I've rescued the roll to be used for wrapping. My roll of white craft paper was purchased at Staples, and my black roll was purchased online at Quill.com. All are really affordable and with enough paper to last you for years! #1) Chalkboard-Style Wrap: I recently have been inspired by the wealth of chalkboard projects out there...including chalkboard-style gift wrap, which I first spied on Pinterest. All you need is black craft paper and a white paint marker or chalkboard marker. It feels too easy!
DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
No gift tag needed! There are so many possibilities here - - you can write the TO and FROM on your paper, draw a holiday picture, write a quote, a cool design.
DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
There's something about the white on black that my just eye loves.

 Glitter Glam Wrap: Glam up your neutral butcher or craft paper with some holiday colored glitter! Even add a fancy glitter bow. Just use Elmer's glue to create your design, sprinkle your magic fairy dust (a.k.a. glitter), and use a dry brush to wipe away excess glitter. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 You'll see in the images above that I didn't bother to fill in all of the gaps with glue, and it ended up creating a neat effect. I also decided to add a gift "tag" in green glitter, careful to shake my green glitter away from the red. And...voila! DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 

  #3) Wrap it with a Map! You know that stack of road maps you've been saving from past trips? (Or are we the only ones with a file folder JUST for maps?) DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 Why not give them a new lease on life as beautiful gift wrap? You can even highlight a memorable route or circle a significant city for the recipient. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 And if you open your eyes, you'll find you probably have a multitude of paper around the house that could be recycled as gift wrap - - such as the funny pages in the newspaper or the pages of a damaged book.

  #4) Watercolor-Effect Wrap: Watercolor is a really beautiful medium to work with, however, you don't have to be a great artist to create the same effect. First, grab your washable markers (Crayola are my brand of choice) and create a design. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 Then, using a brush dipped in water, paint over the marker, and you've got instant watercolor! It dries rather quickly, too. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 Note: I wrapped first, then designed, but if your paper is thin and you're worried about bleeding, do your watercolor before you wrap. This is a great one to try with kids! As is our last method...

  #5) Stamping with Paper Towel Rolls: Recycle paper towel and toilet paper rolls by turning them into stamping machines. You can use them to create snowballs, ornaments, snowmen, or a simple design...like I did.
  DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 I recommend stamping your paper prior to wrapping, and then letting it dry for an hour. Or if you're in a rush, blast it with a hairdryer. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 
 You can even bend your roll in the middle to make a heart stamp. Valentine's Day wrap, anyone? DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet
Or, cut out six triangles at the base of your roll, and press back the points of a star of David. Perfect for Hanukkah wrap! DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet

So, there you have it. 5 quick, inexpensive, and eye-catching methods for making your own wrapping paper this holiday season. DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial via The Thinking Closet 

 Thanks again to Mandy for being hostess of the mostess. I hope you'll come and check out some of my other tutorials on The Thinking Closet, such as my White on White Canvas Artwork, Easy Denim Skirt Tutorial for the Beginner Sewist, and 10 Tips for New Bloggers. Fun Tutorials & Tips at The Thinking Closet
 Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and warm wishes to you and yours. This is Lauren, signing off.


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Mandy is a craft blogger who loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing, and DIY - she feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to 4 awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City Area. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Google +

2 Fabulous Comments:

So so cute! What fun ideas!

Thanks, Emmy! And thanks again to Mandy for having me. I had a lot of fun writing this guest post.

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