Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DIY Gift Wrap

As I've said before, I love mail. It may seem silly but a personalized note or package in the mail just really makes me smile. Recently, we've been wanting to send little care packages to our distant family and friends more often, just to let them know we're thinking of them. In addition to that, so many people in our lives have been throwing parties lately- bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and lots of other wonderful events!!! All of these parties call for fun presents!

 So with all that in mind, today I thought I would show you how I make personalized gift wrap! It's perfect for sending something special through the mail or for dressing up any party gift.

Stuff you'll need:
  • Scissors
  • A stamp
  • Ink Pad (at least one color- I used 2)
  • A roll of brown package wrapping paper*
  • Your GIFT!
  • And tape (not pictured but very necessary-HA!)

*You could use any roll of paper, but I like the brown paper because you can mail it! It also will make your print more subtle. Another thing that I like about it is that it costs like $4/roll or less and you can use it for such a long time. One roll of store-bought wrapping paper will cost you the same and be gone in a flash and usually has a seasonal pattern on it.

Step 1:
Cut a piece of your brown paper to the right size to wrap your gift. You will save yourself A LOT of time by cutting your paper first. Just try not to bend the paper as you're measuring.

Step 2:
Lay the paper flat. Use your stamp and ink pads to stamp an alternating design on your paper. Cover the entire piece of paper and let your design dry.

P.S. Don't worry if some of your prints come out uneven or imperfect (and don't try to stamp over mistakes- that will get messy quick!). When you get done with ALL of the prints, you won't even be able to see your mistakes. Okay maybe YOU will, but no one else will ;)

Step 3:
Now, just wrap up your gift! You could add ribbons or a big bow- but its so pretty on its own that you really don't need to.

There are so many ways that you could make this even more personal for the recipient. For instance, I once made wrapping paper for a wedding gift and used stamp colors that matched the wedding's color scheme.

That's what I really love about this project- your wrapping paper will be 100% unique no matter what you do!

Thanks so much for reading today! Don't forget that THIS is the last day to enter The Fall Contest!!! I will stop accepting entries at 11:59pm tonight and announce the winner TOMORROW! I'm pretty excited......I can't wait to find out who wins and what I'll be baking!

1 comment:

  1. I love brown paper too. :) This is so pretty. great job lady.


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