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Homemade Wrapping Paper

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Instead of buying rolls of preprinted wrapping paper, why not make your own. This is a great way to add a special personal touch to any birthday, wedding or Christmas gift. This is a guide about homemade wrapping paper.
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October 3, 2016

I love putting in effort when wrapping a gift, but at the same time, I don't like spending money on gift wrap. The gift wrap usually ends up in the dustbin, so I will rather look at thrifty ways of wrapping a gift without having to spend too much on the wrapping itself.

I especially like making my own gift wrap. I find that using watercolors or acrylic paint still feels like a waste of money. I recently discovered that I can make beautiful gift wrap using food colorings. One needs only a drop or two, and the colors can be very bold and bright, depending on the amount of water used to thin the food coloring.

On the example in the photo, I drew designs with a stencil onto the paper. I used ordinary printer paper, as I wanted to wrap a small gift. I then applied a few melted wax drops with a candle, and painted the paper with food colorings. Afterwards I ironed the paper between two pieces of ordinary brown paper to get rid of the wax, and finished it off with some black and silver pen detail. Easy, yet cost effective.

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October 6, 20160 found this helpful

I love all the colors ! :)

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By 4 found this helpful
December 22, 2014

I ran out of wrapping paper and only had a roll of brown 'kraft' paper left (similar to brown paper bags) so I had to get creative. I folded it (as shown) and cut out petals, taped them on and used magic marker. I think it looks nice and homey too! What do you think?
My kitty overlooked the whole project (as usual!)

:D

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December 23, 20140 found this helpful

Haha... exactly!

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December 19, 2011

I like to make inexpensive gift bags for year around use. Pillow cases from the thrift stores make great light weight bags, just fold down the top and run a drawstring through.

Yesterday I bought some flannel and felt for $1 a yard (bolt ends). I made up about 8 bags of various sizes and colors for $8, and used some yardage I had on hand (I first braided it) for the cording.

These can be used year after year, and saves the expense of wrapping paper.

We also use the funny papers for wrapping paper as well.

The kids like to take a brown paper grocery bag, cut it, turn it inside out and potato or rubber stamp holiday designs on the solid side, to make their own wrapping paper.

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December 21, 20110 found this helpful

All great ideas!

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

Decorating Plain Brown Paper for Gift Wrapping - two rolls of plain brown wrapping paper

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This is a guide about decorating plain brown paper for gift wrapping. Less expensive rolls of plain brown paper provide you with a canvas for creating your own unique gift wrapping paper.

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January 10, 20170 found this helpful

Colorful Children's Birthday Gift Wrap - image of children holding hands

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This is a guide about making colorful children's birthday gift wrap. Using a cute rubber stamp and then coloring in the shapes you can make really nice gift wrapping paper.

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December 5, 2007

There were a few years where money was very scarce, and I ran out of Christmas wrapping paper. I found white freezer paper, and made use of old Christmas cards and family pictures. I would also draw or paint on the packages.

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December 20, 20160 found this helpful

Handmade Christmas wrapping paper

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This is a guide about stenciled gift wrap. Making your own stenciled gift wrap is a great way to customize your gifts.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Santa Gift Wrap Using Newsprint

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This is a guide about making Santa gift wrapping newsprint. With blank newspaper and stamps you can create your own special wrapping paper.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 23, 2014

Much of gift giving is in the PRESENTation so here's a way to wow your recipients. Instead of wrapping your gifts in generic wrapping paper, make your own out of meaningful photos.

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September 24, 2008

blue, yellow, and red handprints on paper

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Add that extra "touch" and make a gift more personal with this handprint gift wrap craft.

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October 24, 2011

Gift wrapped in decorated wax paper.

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With just a few sheets of waxed paper, one can give a personal touch to presents and make them look quite exceptional, without spending much money on gift wrap.

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December 18, 2008

We receive so many wonderful Christmas cards, that I thought it would be fun for those who are a tiny bit computer savvy to make their own custom Christmas wrapping paper from them for your special gifts.

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September 22, 20091 found this helpful

To make personalized gift wrap for moms, dads, and grandparents use a common brown grocery bag. Cut along one side in the corner crease to the bottom of the bag, then turn and finish cutting out the bottom of the bag leaving a nice rectangular sheet of paper.

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May 5, 2009

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When you just can't find that perfect wrapping paper, use tissue paper and add some stickers. You children will love this!

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December 4, 2008

I like to ask for paper bags at the grocery store. I have my daughter color or paint on the plain side, and use it for wrapping paper. It is an interesting effect. If you don't have paper bags, your local newspaper often has newsprint end rolls that you can purchase for $1.

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November 12, 2008

Here's a way to personalize all your gifts in a way no one else can. Select your favorite photos or make photos that are meaningful to you (the giver) or the recipient.

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November 30, 2006

Christmas Ads for Wrapping Paper. I find myself saving nice Christmas art from advertisements and special newspaper sections and brochures, etc. - which I can cut out and use for wrapping paper!

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