Friday, December 20, 2013

DIY: Custom Wrapping Paper!

Ever wanted to make your own gift wrap? Well it really is as easy as getting some paper and decorating it. For this project I used kraft paper from the dollar store for $1.00 a role, and some gold craft paint that I got in a $5 mystery bag at the art store a couple months ago, but you could use regular paper if your gift is small!

  • Kraft paper or butcher paper
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes or items to stamp: corks, toilet paper role ends, etc.
  • Tape


I found the easiest way to do this was on the floor. You can role all of the paper out and tape it to the ground and do it all in one go. Unless you have a huge table in your house, then use that! It's important to tape the paper down so that it won't role up and smudge the parts you just painted. We were taught in pattern drafting school to always ensure the paper is "cupping" the table, this helps to keep it in place and won't pull the tape up off the ground in an attempt to curl back up.
Once your paper is taped down decorate to you hearts content! I did 3 different motifs: 1. Stripes, 2. Paint brush dabs and 3. Polka dots made with a wine cork. 
I would suggest picking a colour palette before you get started. And don't worry about sticking to a red and green colour scheme for Christmas. These days, anything works! I decided on a kraft and gold scheme: plain and classic, but still shiny. And there's something about brown packages with strings and ribbon!
Here are some examples I found around the internet for inspiration before I started. Maybe they can help you too! 
 Pink, black and craft with geometric shapes and letters!? Love it!
Classic black, white and crafty with messy polka dotts- complete with doily, yarn ribbon and folk art tag! Amazing!
The combo of dark navy, fresh white and bold is one of most favorite palettes. It is just so fresh and smart, and yet whimsical all at the same time. The awesome stamps are also super beautiful!

If you feel like no gift is complete without something homemade, or you're just short on cash, this is a great way to oomph any gift up to the next level. 

It's almost Christmas!! Woo! 
Thanks for reading!


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