This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WrapGiveRepeat #CollectiveBiasEver since I was a young girl I have loved pretty packages. The tradition in my home growing up was that most of our Christmas presents were wrapped in newspaper to save money. I remember walking up and down the isles of Walmart and seeing all the pretty Christmas paper and wishing for some under the tree. When I was about 12 years old, I saved a little bit of money and bought my first roll of real wrapping paper. I was so excited. Ever since then I have been hooked on making presents under the tree look beautiful. Today I am going to show some ways to make easy DIY wrapping paper to make your tree look gorgeous. It is also a wonderful way to spend time with the family.
I have wrapped so many presents over the years that I have developed a system that works well for me and my husband (I like to get his help too). Gone are the days where we would stay up ’til the wee hours of Christmas morning wrapping all the presents. Now we do a little at a time and try to be done by Christmas Eve. I have a “wrapping Station” that I set up in my bedroom, so at night we can turn on a Christmas movie and wrap a few presents every night.
My wrapping station is a set of 3 plastic drawers where I keep all my wrapping supplies. Scotch® Magic™ Tape, scissors, ribbons, bows, cards, name tags, markers, pens, little gifts I might need. Everything is right there at my finger tips so I don’t have to look all over the house. Right now it is not very organized as you can see, but it works. Because my husband and I wrap together I like to have two of everything. Two rolls of Scotch® Magic™ Tape, two markers, two pairs of scissors. That saves a lot of time too.
When I was at Walmart last week I saw this great display forScotch® Tape and I remembered that I needed to replenish my wrapping station supplies, so I picked up a few of their great products like Scotch® Magic™ Tape 3 Pack Caddie, Scotch® Moving and Storage Tape and Scotch™ Multi-Purpose Scissor 8”. Right now you can stock up on Scotch® Brand wrapping products at Walmart and save, with a 50% bonus & Rollback.
This year I will show you how to customize your wrapping paper any way you want. You can choose the colors, patterns, shapes, ribbons. Your tree is going to look incredible. To make my custom wrapping paper I used brown craft paper which is pretty heavy, but fastening it with the Scotch® Magic™ Tape held everything together. In the past I have also used paper bags, the end rolls of newsprint (visit your local paper) and a large roll of builders paper. Builder’s paper is brown paper you can find at the home improvement store and is cheaper than craft paper.
You will need just a few supplies to get started:
Brown paper (craft paper, paper bags, builder’s paper etc.)
Craft Paint (in coordinating colors)
Foam paint brushes
Self-inking stamps (optional)
Find a large space where you can lay out your paper. Pour the paint on separate plates. Carefully dip the foam stamps in the paint and then place on the paper. Continue decorating the paper until you are satisfied. I warn you this is relaxing and addicting. You will have all the wrapping paper you will need in no time.
My kids love being involved in all things Christmas around our house. I like to let them use their creativity, but I also want the presents under my tree to look beautiful and somewhat coordinated. I can accomplish all these things with one simple trick. You choose the paint colors that they can use and then let them go to town. If all the paint colors look good together it really doesn’t matter so much what pattern, stamp, free hand drawing, and imagination they use, it still will look good. This year I used metallic craft paint and I love the way it shimmers and shines.
As you can see Carter started getting creative free handing Santa’s and it looks great. He also had a lot of fun doing it.
I did learn that it is better to put your stamps close together on the paper. It may look a little crowded as you are doing it, but when you wrap it will make the package look better because you will see lots of pattern and color.
This is a great activity to pull out after the Thanksgiving turkey is put away and the kids are looking for something to do. You can let them get creative and make their own wrapping paper this season. Just pull out the supplies and let them go to town. Now, paint may get a little messy so I also tried self-inking rubbers stamps.
This method was really easy, quick and fun. I thought since these stamps where geared toward kids with their patterns it would look a little too cartoony for me, but it actually turned out really, really well.
The brown paper adds a little elegance to it and a pretty bow tops off the package. This method would be perfect for a Thanksgiving afternoon or for smaller children. You could even cut a sheet of brown paper for each guest that they can decorate and take home to use to wrap their Christmas presents. It is a fun and relaxing activity.
I like to add a little glam to my packages with ribbons, bows and great name tags. You can choose your paint colors to coordinate with the ribbons you have. I found some great wooden name tags that I attached with a small piece of Scotch® Magic™ Tape. The great thing about these is that they can be used year after year. Plus they make the gift look really special.
This year Scotch® Brand is donating $200,000 to the Fisher House Charity. This charity provides a network of homes where military families can stay while a loved one is receiving medical treatment at no cost to the family. Since both my father and my husband served in the military I thought I would make some wrapping paper that had a little bit of a patriotic hint while still being fun for Christmas.
Please think about donating to Fisher House this season.