We’ve been chatting in the studio about gift giving and thought it would be fun to make some wrapping paper this year. I always have rolls of brown and white craft paper, which makes a great backdrop for any of these ideas. Making your own wrapping paper is the perfect personal touch for your gifts. It would make a great activity if you have friends come over for wine and snacks or plan an afternoon with your kids. Roll out a stretch of paper and get painting, stamping, and experimenting. Below are a few ideas to spark your creativity.
Keep it simple and let the brush make the mark. Use the end of the brush and repeat the shape in a row, or swirl it around to create an abstract pattern.
Stripes are classic and are an easy way to spruce up a plain paper. Hand paint them and embrace the subtle wobbles and irregularities.
Whether you use pre-made stamp, a potato, or something else entirely you’re sure to have come up with some interesting combinations. Check out our mark making post for more ideas. Below, our intern Tahira soaked a fringe trim in water and then dipped it in paint and stamped it onto the paper. We love how this one turned out and it’s a great example of how materials you have laying around can be used to create a pattern. Finish with a simple twine.
A Unique Ribbon or Trim
Sometimes a beautiful trim or ribbon is all you need. This dip dyed twill tape is part of a project in my book, Living with Pattern, but you can also find unique trims online. I like that a high quality trim like this can also be repurposed after the holidays by the recipient.
Marbled Hang Tags
You all know I love marbling! These papers make great artwork, place cards, and present tags. Get the full how-to in my book.