Tips On Making Your Own Wrapping Paper This Christmas
Wrapping paper, just like cards, can be personalized in so many different ways; people just need to get creative with how they go about this. With so many options available, people don’t have to worry about spending money on wrapping paper ever again, and many of these ideas are eco-friendly, which means that the earth gains just as much as the present giver. There are no boundaries to what you can do when you set your mind on creating some of the most exciting wrappings that you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, so get your creative juices flowing and don’t be afraid to try something new this holiday season.
Print Your Own Wrapping Paper
One of the easiest ways to make your own wrapping paper is to print it, using your own designs on the paper itself. If you don’t want to spend hours creating your own prints, you can always go in search of downloadable prints online.
As Adam Dachis puts it;
Whether you design it yourself or pick up some awesome designs online, it’s a pretty easy way to save money and give awesome, custom-wrapped gifts this holiday.
In order to print out this paper, you will need to lay out grids of pictures or icons on a sheet of about 8.5 by 11, and be sure to use the thinnest paper that you have available. You don’t need a fancy printer to make this work; you can always opt for an inkjet printer, but if you need something in black and white, opt for a laserjet printer. One of the best things about printing your own paper is that you get to personalize it to everyone’s specific preferences; you can even put people’s names on the paper and there is nothing more personal than that.
Another important thing to note when printing your own paper is that, for larger sheets, you’ll want to use the same pattern of pictures, although you’ll be printing them out on multiple sheets so that you can combine them to cover larger gifts.
If you are a history buff, you might want to opt for a more classical look by utilizing the Victorian’s style of decorating with marbling. The contributors of the BBC describe this as;
…an easy but effective technique, and we’ve used it to make some colourful wrapping paper for your Christmas presents.
To start off, you’ll need a basin that contains deep sides, a jug filled with cold water, a variety of inks in various colors and paper. You will then want to fill the basin with water and start dropping different inks into the water, slowly and one at a time. Cartridge paper tends to work best for this, but you can use just about anything with coarse sides. You will then need to place the paper onto the surface of the water, preventing it from going completely under. Once you’ve taken the paper out, lay it somewhere dry and leave it for the night.
The next day, the paper should have that great marbling effect that is sometimes found inside the jackets of books. This is not only a great way to add to the appeal of wrapping paper, but it also makes for a great story around the Christmas tree.
Have Fun With It
It can become a daunting task having to figure out exactly how to go about spicing up wrapping paper, and people tend to get flustered, thinking they have to do everything perfectly, but this isn’t what this is all about. As Francesca Dimattio puts it;
Wrapping presents is all about designing a buildup for a fleeting moment. You get all excited, take it all apart, and at the end, it’s just a pile of garbage. But it’s so much fun.
Having fun with this process is very important, otherwise you could end up making it a chore, and this could end up detracting from the joys of Christmas.
Brown paper might look boring to the ordinary person, but it is so versatile that people should always have some in their homes. When it comes to wrapping presents, don’t assume that brown paper is the last thing that you should be looking for, because it is actually a great option for exciting looking gifts, and you can put it to use in a variety of ways.
The contributors of The National put it simply;
One of the easiest ways to decorate your paper is with a potato stamp or a rolling pin covered in bubble wrap, plastic mesh (use the bags you buy your fruit in), elastic bands or Plasticine moulded into any shape you like.
There is no limit to what you can do with a simple sheet of brown paper. In fact, if you are into sewing, you can actually get it out and start stitching rows of very colorful thread into the paper, or opt to tie your gifts with bright, bold ribbon. Remember, the more colorful your accessories are, the more your gifts will stand out, and this looks great against the backdrop of the brown.
Newspaper works just as well as brown paper, so if you find yourself running short, just turn to the Sunday comics and start rolling; with a bright red ribbon, you can turn the paper into gift wrapping fit for a king.
Get the Kids Involved
If you have children, wrapping presents can become just as much fun as unwrapping them, so get everyone involved. Make sure that you lay down some paper, get all of the craft supplies out of the cupboard and spend an afternoon making all your wrapping paper for the year. If you have a gift wrapping station, you can store everything away until you need it again. Keep in mind that wrapping paper doesn’t have to be expensive or professionally designed; in fact, with just a bit of effort you can create something that will rival even the best rolls found at the supermarket.