Have yourself a thrifty little Christmas with this homemade pretty rustic wrapping paper ‘How-To’
Ever received a beautifully wrapped gift and then handed yours over wincing while mumbling that your neighbour’s two year old insisted on helping you wrap it?
Gift wrap envy? Just how do you pull off the perfectly wrapped present this Christmas?
We asked craft expert and new guest blogger Hannah Wells from My Craftea Day to come up with some pretty but thrifty ways to wrap your gifts.
Over to you Hannah ……
There are some gorgeous wrapping papers out there this year but I’m going to show you how to transform brown paper into festive, pretty and unique wrappings.
Its a chance to create ‘one off’ designs and will show that you have put as much care into wrapping their present as you did choosing their gift!
What I used
- Brown paper
- Luggage tags and blank heart shaped brown card tags
- Various festive rubber stamps (or potato and knife if creating own stamp!)
- Ink stamp pad in red
- Glitter glue
- Stripy string
- Brown parcel string
- Doilies (mini ones for smaller gifts, larger ones for bigger gifts!)
- Washi tapes
- Clear sticky tape
- Metallic sparkly ribbon
- Weights to help when wrapping (I used a candle and some paint bottles!)
Unwrap and roll out your brown paper. You can either cut it to the size of the gift you are wrapping or work on a longer length of paper and cut later.
Iron the paper flat to make it easier to work with.
Lay the paper flat on a table and weight it down at the corners
Using a rubber stamp and ink pad press the stamp into the ink and onto the paper in a random format – if your present is small stamp your design closer together on the paper so you get to see more of it when wrapped.
Don’t forget to keep loading the stamp with ink either every time you stamp or every other – if you want a faded look then don’t reapply as often!
You could cut your own pattern into a potato for a truly original design and then use either the ink stamp or paints to stamp your design.
Ink should dry quite quickly, paint will take longer.
You could also use wooden shapes to create a pattern. I bought these in a pack from hobby craft that I’ve used to make decorations with!
I had a few left over so tried them using glitter glue instead of ink. Put a thin layer on using a spatula and press onto the paper. I left mine over night to dry but it probably only needs half an hour.
It’s a great way to create a sparkly more glamorous look to your brown paper!
You could even wrap the present first and then using your finger dot little circles of the glitter glue over the parcel-be careful not to smudge!
Play around, have fun and be creative creating different print layouts on each piece of paper you have cut!
I used snowflakes, gingerbread men and star shaped stamps but you can buy so many different designs of stamps, get them custom made or make your own using the potato method!
To continue the glamour theme stamp a brown parcel luggage label with the glitter glue
Tie your parcel with a glittery metallic ribbon in the traditional tying technique and knot in the centre of the front of the present.
Thread one the ribbon ends through the hole of the label.
Tie in a bow!
Snip the ends of the ribbon at an angle to prevent fraying.
Adding the extra little details
This year I’m decorating our house and tree in a scandi / nordic / handcrafted theme so I will be definitely making more of the hand stamped snow flakes and ginger bread men papers and won’t use so much sparkle.
To make the parcels look more interesting though I have being playing around with different decorations such as stripy strings, bells, heart shaped tags and doilies!
I absolutely love doilies! They add a vintage feel but also look like big snowflakes! Heres how to incorporate extra little details into your present wrapping.
Wrap your present with one of your stamped papers.
Place a small doily over one edge of your parcel and hold in place – you could put a small piece of scotch tape over the edges to secure if you find it too fiddly to keep in place.
Tie your parcel with brown parcel string in the traditional tying technique and knot in the centre of the front of the present.
Stamp a tag with the same stamp you used on the paper – I’ve used a brown card heart tag here.
Thread one of the string ends through the hole of the tag
Thread a bell onto the string end. I bought these bells on eBay.
Tie the string ends into a bow and snip any excess string from the ends
For this ginger bread man stamped paper I used red and white stripey string which I bought in hobby craft (you can probably tell by now I spend a lot of time and money in there!)
I stamped the luggage tag and threaded it and tied a bow as before. I think this looks really cute and nice for children’s gifts!
Finally washi tape!!
This is my favourite sticky tape of all time. You can buy so many gorgeous designs that can make any parcels and envelopes look more exciting. I’ve even upcycled tinned cans with it to use as desk tidies but thats for another ‘How-to’!
Here I wrapped my parcel in plain brown paper.
I used three different designs of washi tape in matching colours. Just place the end of the washi at the starting point and guide it round where you want to stick it – it was fairly easy on this cylindrical pressie!
You can measure the distances from each end of the present to get it looking even or just wing it and see what design you can create if you don’t!
Use it on your tags too!
Use a little washi tape to secure either end of the parcel.
I stuck two pieces overlapping in a cross on here. I’ve tied this parcel with the stripy string again to keep the colours to a minimum as there is quite a lot going on!
Thread your tag onto the string and tie in a bow as the method before.
Lots of pretty and interesting ways to wrap with brown parcel paper – I would love to be able to say that that’s all my wrapping done for this year but I’ve not even finished buying all my gifts yet!!
Have a crafty Christmas!
Photographs: Hannah Wells
You can find Hannah at mycrafteaday.co.uk