Did you see my post last week about 5 tips for holiday decorating on a budget? If you’re a crafty guy or gal, number 5—homemade gift wrap—is right up your alley. That’s what I’m talking about today 🙂
And don’t think that pretty custom gift wrap is just for real presents—you can use it as a cheap and easy decor idea, too. Just grab some old boxes (if you have Amazon Prime you probably have approximately 1,000 at any given time) and to create some budget-friendly holiday decor pieces.
I teamed up with Oriental Trading to put together five beautiful custom gift wrap DIYs that you can easily do at home. Although Oriental Trading sent me some of the craft supplies I used during this project fo free, all experiences are my own. I’ve also linked to the supplies I used from Oriental Trading below so that you can grab them for yourself!
Here’s what I used:
- Plain brown paper, other neutral wrapping paper, and brown paper bags
- Black and white paint with various paint brushes
- Burlap, black sheer, and gold ribbon; gold twine
- Metallic washi tape
- Natural elements like pine needles, rosemary sprigs, pine cones
- Scissors, tape, small paper bowls for paint
And here are my 5 custom gift wrap DIYs!
*Note: I suggest wrapping the presents first, then customizing the wrapping paper. That way you can see exactly where your design is going!
1. Dipped Look
Use painter’s tape to tape off one side of your gift. Use scrap paper to cover the side you don’t want painted. After painting, remove the tape to reveal the dipped design. I also added burlap ribbon to this package 🙂
2. Paint Splatter
This one is messy! Take your present outdoors, or lay down a drop cloth. Put paint on your brush and flick it onto the present. Let dry.
3. Simple Brushed Designs
Even if you aren’t a painter, simple brushed designs look lovely, especially on the brown paper. Trees, stockings, candy canes, and various stars are all pretty easy to do. To get a “brushed” look, avoid putting too much paint on your brush. Dab off every paint on a paper towel.
4. Washi Tape
Use metallic washi tape to create designs on packages or paper bags.
5. Use Natural Embellishments
Tuck small pine branches, rosemary sprigs, and pinecones into your ribbons for a beautiful, natural look.
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