Events like Christmas and birthdays come with plenty of gifts. That means you have to stock up on wrapping paper, ribbons and bows to make the exterior of that present just as beautiful as the inside. But instead of running to the store to pick up these items, consider making them yourself. You would be surprised what you can do using a simple piece of paper.
The recipient of your gift might actually love this paper more than their actual present. Yes, it’s that pretty, and simple to create too. Simply select a stencil that you like (it could be polka dots, a floral pattern, stripes, etc.) and place it on top of plain white packing paper. Arrange the stencil where you want it, and secure it to the paper with painter’s tape. This way, it won’t move around while you paint.Then choose an acrylic paint in a contrasting color (feel free to select more than one color) and use a brush or a sponge to apply it to the paper. Let it dry, and voila – you have beautiful stenciled paper to use for any occasion.
Keep it simple
You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles in order for your gifts to look stylishly wrapped. Use brown kraft paper to wrap your presents and rely on twine in place of decorative ribbon. Feel free to attach accessories to the twine to add a personal touch. For instance, if this present is a holiday gift, tie in some cranberries, pine cones and greenery for a wintry feel. Don’t forget to accompany your gifts with holiday cards.
To address the gift with a “to” and “from,” you can use custom stamps. If you wish to add a pop of color to your brown wrapping paper, simply apply patterned washi tape across the surface.
Make your own bow
Access your crafty side and use colorful tissue paper to create a bow to top off your present. All you need are these two items: tissue paper and scissors.
1. Layer three different pieces of tissue paper together (you can use several different colors).
2. Once the tissue paper is evenly stacked, begin folding accordion-style on any side, making sure to form a firm crease on the edges as you go.
3. Next, fold your tissue paper in half, and cut at the fold. Stack the tissue paper piles on top of each other.
4. Take a curling ribbon and tie it in the middle of your tissue paper.
5. Trim the edges of your tissue paper with scissors. Consider going for a rounded effect, much like a flower petal.
6. Separate the tissue paper layers, gently fluffing them to reveal a fully bloomed flower that you can use to decorate the top of your present.
Make your own potato stamps
Yes, you heard that right, potato stamps. Create your own playful print on plain white packing paper using a potato and some colorful acrylic paint. Slice your potato in the desired shape, whether that be a half circle (to make this awesome watermelon pattern), a star or polka dots. Dip the potato slice in acrylic paint and use the veggie as a stamp. You can utilize markers, colored pencils and other craft materials to enhance your pretty paper even more.