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!
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.
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!
#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?)
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.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.
Then, using a brush dipped in water, paint over the marker, and you've got instant watercolor! It dries rather quickly, too.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.
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.
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!
So, there you have it. 5 quick, inexpensive, and eye-catching methods for making your own wrapping paper this holiday season.
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.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and warm wishes to you and yours.