Welcome to my first crafty post so far this festive season!
Making things yourself can be so rewarding, so I thought I’d start with something fairly easy and not as time consuming as it might seem – DIY wrapping paper!
I love crafting and hand-making things where possible, especially at this time of year. My wife and I have made Christmas cards for the last two years, and I spent any free time last year creating things either to give as gifts or for our house – see my previous posts about DIY wreaths and ‘snow’ dipped snow cones here.
Keep an eye out for some more crafty posts in the run up to the big day, but for now on with the guide!
To make your own cute gift wrap, you will need:
⭐ A few rolls of brown parcel paper (I used Wilko’s own which is a perfect thickness)
⭐ Ink pads or coloured pens
⭐ An acrylic block
⭐ Stamps – these can be bought, or improvise with a potato and lots of patience.
1) Start by clearing off a space big enough to work on, and put down some newspaper – it’s gonna get messy!
2) Roll out roughly 1m of paper without cutting it, and tape it down to stop it from rolling back up as you stamp.
3) Mount your chosen stamps on the acrylic block and load up with ink – I find gently pressing the ink pad on the stamp to be the best way to get a good coverage.
4) Flip the block over and press down – too light and the ink won’t show; too hard and you’ll be left with a squiggly mess. Practice on scrap paper beforehand and perfect the pressure needed!
5) Lift the block up, re-ink and repeat.
6) Leave the ink to dry and then wrap as many gifts as you can – it’s as simple as that.
You can also make handmade gift tags using the same technique and paper – cut out tag shapes (free hand or using a template, it’s up to you) and stamp away – they look excellent when all wrapped up and paired with some shiny Xmas bows.