It’s the holiday season and we all have some amount of gift wrapping to do. Here is an easy DIY method with a few variations that will help you with unique gift wrapping that will make your loved ones smile! Also, if you have little kids, you can do most of this together and they will enjoy some fun craft time.
Variant 1-Handmade Tags
- 6-8 sheets of scrap paper (preferably white or light coloured)
- Large shallow container
- Screen splatter guards
- Dry dish wash towel
- Tear up the scrap paper into 2-3 inch long/ 1 inch wide (approximately) strips.
- Throw this scrap paper into a blender and pour hot tap water on it and let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Pulse the mixture a few times until you get a slurry mixture.
- Fill your shallow dish (an aluminium roasting pan will work) with 2-3 inches of water. The container has to be big enough to fit the screen splatter guards.
- Add your paper slurry to the dish and mix it up.
- You can add finely chopped dry flowers to this mixture if you want. Just to make it look better.
7. Submerge your screen guard into the dish and bring it up to have an even coating of slurry on it. You can try this a few times until you get uniform coverage.
8. Once this is done, place the screen with the wet mixture facing upwards onto a dry towel.
9. Cover this with the other screen splatter guard.
10. Use a piece of sponge and tap on the screen to absorb extra water.
11. Remove the top screen and place the paper covered screen to dry. If you are in a hurry use a hair-dryer but this might cause the paper to dry unevenly resulting in a few bumps. The paper takes about 6 hours to dry completely. Letting it dry overnight is the best option.
12. Once dry, you can remove it from the screen and cut it up into whatever shape you like and write on the little tags!
Variant 2-Leaf Prints
- Red, ochre and brown acrylic paint and paintbrush
- Dry leaves
- Brown Paper
- White A4 size paper
- Place the leaf face-down and then paint it with any of the colours mentioned.
- Spread out a sheet of brown paper and place the painted side of the leaf on it.
- Press it down using a brayer and roll it a couple of times.
- You can remove the leaf and you should find a nice imprint. You can repeat this a couple of times in different colours and different leaf shapes and spread it out on the paper and leave it to dry.
- You can also use A4 sized paper and make these imprints and cut them up and use it as gift tags.
Variant 3- Foam Stamps
- 1 Foam sheet with 3mm thickness
- An old tube of chapstick (or a cork, or a dried-up thick marker)
- Super glue
- Washi tape
- Start up by drawing a little shape on the sheet. It can be a heart or a triangle (this can be used to make a christmas tree).
2. Cut out the shape.
3. Use scissors or a metal file to rough up the top of the closed tube.
4. Glue the little shape to the top of the tube.
5. Peel the wrapping off of an old tube of chapstick and tape it with Washi tape. This is for aesthetic reasons and also so that the lid won’t come off the tube.
6. The stamp is ready to use! You can use any colour that you like and imprint the shapes onto simple brown paper. For the holidays, three triangles together to make a small christmas tree is a sure winner.
The Grand Finale
- Brown postal wrapping paper
- Handmade tags (Variant 1)
- Leaf print tags (Variant 2)
- Foam stamp printed brown paper (Variant 3)
- Dried pine cones
- Scotch tape
- Cut the brown paper to the right size (leave a few extra inches on each side).
- Place your gift face down on the paper.
- Bring paper from the long side of the box, up to the middle of the package and tape it.
- Pull up the other side and tape it as well. This should be tight so the paper hugs the gift.
- Face the open end towards you and fold the left and right edges, pushing the sides in next to your gift, to form flaps.
- Fold top flap down to the box, pulling tightly and tape.
- Repeat on the other side of the package.
- The base packaging is complete!
- You can use the twine to create simple loops at any position on the gift and add pine cones to give it a holiday feel.
- Add the tags you made or use the foam stamps to make cool designs!
Do you know any other easy DIY gift wrapping techniques?
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