wikiHow to Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

Five Methods:Printable Wrapping PaperThe basicsFlower inspired wrapping paperOld photo gift wrappingGeometric bow topper

You don’t have to resort to using the Sunday comics or stickers and butcher block paper if you don’t have wrapping paper on hand. Instead you can design thoughtful, crafty wrapping paper that will add elegance to your gift.

Printable Wrapping Paper

Printable Patterned Wrapping Paper

Printable Flower Wrapping Paper

Printable Heart Wrapping Paper


Method 1
The basics

Setting up the supplies

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    Gather your supplies. In order to make the best wrapping paper, you will need good quality supplies. Here are some useful items to amass in your craft cupboard:
    • Base paper: The most important item is the base paper for the gift wrap; choose white, which can be found in rolls at many dollar stores and stores that sell wrapping paper. Solid colored paper is another possibility, depending on how you're going to decorate the paper.
    • Pencils and eraser: Use pencils and an eraser if you plan to create your own design. A ruler might also be useful.
    • Decorative items: Gather together colored markers, Sharpies, glitter, stickers, paints, stampers, and anything else you want.

Making a design

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    Plan your design. To make your wrapping paper look more professional, decide on a theme. Color schemes also help and add to your main theme. If you're making a structured design, then it is best that you sketch it out first with your pencil. Don't worry about making mistakes - you have an eraser!
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    Let your creativity flow. It's part of the fun to enjoy the design process when creating your wrapping paper!

Method 2
Flower inspired wrapping paper

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    Design flower inspired wrapping paper using books and small blooms. Consider using real instead of fake flowers for this project if at all possible and recycle old books for making the wrapping paper.
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    Cut sheets of paper from the book. Regardless of the book and gift size, you can piece together sheets from the book to encompass many gift sizes. Simply tear the sheets from the book and then use a ruler and scissors to create an even cut later.
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    Wrap the gift. Consider piecing together the book sheets first and then using it as wrapping paper. Use clear tape that will be on the inside of the wrapping paper for a more seamless look.
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    Tie the gift with string or twine. You want a bookish, old-school look, so don’t worry about the fancy flourish.
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    Slide a few small flowers beneath the string or twine. Although the string is meant to hold the flowers in place, you may want to add a small piece of tape behind the flower, to ensure it doesn’t fall from the gift in transit.

Method 3
Old photo gift wrapping

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    Take your loved one down memory lane with an old photo gift wrapping presentation. Select a special photo to grace the top of the gift. Consider a photo that will take up a good portion of the gift top without distorting the image.
    • In lieu of using the actual photo, have it copied and/or increased to accommodate the project.
    • Use a black and white photo for the photo wrapping for an added old timey touch.
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    Wrap the gift in either butcher block or plain colored paper. The photo that you will be affixing to the top of the gift is the star of the wrapping, so you don’t want it to compete with a wild pattern.
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    Center the photo on top of the gift. Use double-sided clear tape (or a small tape loop) to hold it in place.
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    Add a ribbon or string. Tie the ribbon or string completely around the package to hold the photo in place and add a decorative touch.

Method 4
Geometric bow topper

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    Make a geometric “bow” for the gift topper. Instead of using the standard bow or string, create a geometric-shaped gift “topper” from cardstock or construction paper.
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    Wrap the gift with paper. Consider using a plain colored paper instead of something with a pattern, as your flourish will have enough design.
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    Choose a geometric pattern. You could cut out a few triangles and squares or all circles; be creative and go with what your artistic side brings forth.
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    Cut out shapes. Keep in mind of the size and shape of your gift when using this method. You’ll want to keep the shapes small enough to fit on the gift, but large enough to draw attention.
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    Affix the shapes to the gift. You could either tape shapes to string and then tie the string around the gift or you could attach the shapes directly to the gift.

Tips

  • Cover up any mistakes easily with a bow or any other kind of gift decoration that matches your theme.
  • It's sometimes better to design the paper after you cut it to fit the gift; this way no designs will be cut off.
  • Don't worry about your art skills. If you're not the best than use stencils, stamps, stickers, or even splatter some paint for a fun look.
  • If using a theme, match it to the event, gift receiver, or gift in some way.
  • Consider downloading geometric shape patterns to use when creating a geometric bow.
  • Keep color schemes simple. It's never good to overdo it with the color.
  • Some substances will not work with certain papers, so be sure to buy a non-glossy paper, unless you're using markers.

Warnings

  • Some decorating products may leak through your paper. Use thick paper or draw/mark it on a covered flat surface that won't get ruined, for example, laying down a sheet of cardboard first.

Things You'll Need

(Most of the items can be found for cheap at dollar or thrift stores)

  • White wrapping paper (or plain colored gift wrap suitable for designing with)
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Markers
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Stencils
  • Stamps
  • Stickers
  • Other decorative elements, as desired
  • A gift to wrap

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