The right wrapping paper can make all the difference. It's that finishing touch that can take your gift from looking like something you've bought and wrapped in a rush to something you've spent hours thinking about.
But choosing the right wrapping doesn't always mean buying it. No, sometimes the right wrapping paper is the one you've made yourself.
Homemade Christmas wrapping paper isn't hard work either. In fact, it's pretty easy and loads of fun. So, even if you're a beginner, our easy guide on how to make Christmas wrapping paper will walk you through four different designs you can make at home.
All you need to do is follow the steps below.
Here's what you'll need:
- - Glue gun
- - Scissors
- - Star-shaped cookie cutter
- - Felt pens
- - Mini pom poms
- - Twine
- - Brown paper
- - Christmas embellishments selection
- - Plain gift tags
- - Vinyl
Before you start, wrap your gifts in brown paper. You'll use the plain recycled brown paper as a base for your designs. Make sure you keep it neat and tidy, so you can let loose on the design part!
Design 1 - Pom Pom Lights Wrapping Paper
Step 1 - Draw the light cord
Take your black felt pen and free draw Christmas light wires to start making this homemade gift wrap. Put a few loops in there and draw up to the edges of your paper.
Step 2 - Glue gun action
Take a hot glue gun and add small glue dots onto the pen marks. This is where your lights will go, so space them out, so they look like a string of Christmas lights. Don't let the glue dry, and move on to the next part quickly!
Step 3 - Pom Pom power
Pop a mini Pom Pom onto each glue dot, making sure you separate the colours to make it interesting. Then all you need to do to finish this wrapping paper is leave the glue to dry.
Design 2 - Star At Night Wrapping Paper
Step 1 - Stencil drawing
To make this wrapping paper, take your star cookie cutter and place it on your wrapped gift. Use your black felt pen to draw the inside edge of the star shape. Don't worry about making it perfect - this design looks better when it's a little rough around the edges. Lift to reveal your drawn star shape and repeat all over the paper to create your pattern.
Step 2 - Twine time
Take a generous amount of paper ribbon in Christmas colours. We typically use red, white and green, and tie up your gift, creating a cross in the middle.
Design 3 - Christmas Lights Wrapping Paper
Step 1 - Draw the light cord
Use a black felt pen and draw a line with loops across your wrapped gift, making it look like a Christmas light cord.
Step 2 - Glue gun time
Once you've drawn the loops, use your hot glue gun to create glue dots where you want to fix your Christmas lights.
Step 3 - Embellish like there's no tomorrow
Take a packet of mini Christmas lights and mini jingle bell embellishments and carefully place one on each warm glue dot and allow it to dry and fix in place.
Step 4 - Tie it all together
Wrap Green or red twine around the middle of your gift - but be careful not to knock any of those little lights off. And voila! You've created some homemade Christmas wrapping paper.
Design 4 - Christmas Stickers Wrapping Paper
Step 1 - Twine time
Start with your Christmas twine. This time, add a lovely red crossover, tying it in the middle.
Step 2 - Stick it to 'em
Take some glittery lettering to spell out a message to the recipient, like, 'Love from Santa'. Then add Christmas stickers to decorate the rest of the gift wrap using little Santas, snowmen and candy canes.
So there you have it—four different designs for your own homemade wrapping paper. If you want to go further, you can even make your own gift tags to go with it. Or you can use this wrapping paper to wrap the gifts in a Christmas hamper you've made. Whatever you use these designs for, I think you'll agree with us that they're super cute and fun to make.