Some people find it tedious but I love wrapping presents. I’m not sure why, but I actually find it quite relaxing and entertaining, is it just me? You may wonder why even bother when you’ll tear the paper apart to see what’s inside, but isn’t it nice to be given a carefully wrapped gift that shows that the other person took time and effort to put it together?
To help you with that, I’m sharing three simple DIY gift wrapping ideas to customize your Christmas presents and make them a bit more special. To start any of these you only need some kraft wrapping paper and, in case you tend to struggle with it, here is a very helpful tutorial on how to wrap a present.
Star Confetti Tape
This is probably the easiest one of the bunch and probably my favorite – it’s so simple yet beautiful!
All you need are confetti stars and clear tape – double-sided tape would be better but I used a regular one and it worked as fine.
As for the stars, I actually broke a glass bauble which had these inside but I’m sure you can find them somewhere around this time of the year. An alternative would be to use glitter, any other type of confetti or even some festive washi tape, too.
Just work with what you have.
Step One: start by measuring the area you will want to cover – there’s no need to be specific, just eyeball it.
Step Two: line your stars on the side. If you’re not using a double-sided tape, make sure you leave enough room among the stars so that the tape can stick to the wrapping paper.
Step Three: lay the tape on top of the stars and gently press it.
Step Four: press the tape down onto the gift.
Polka dots are a classic and make any wrapping paper look extra lovely, don’t you think?
Similiar to the last tutorial, this next design is very simple, but it’s a bit more time-consuming as you have to let the paint dry. Nevertheless, it’s still worth trying.
For the polka dots wrapping paper, you will need white paint (or any other color you prefer) and a pencil with an eraser tip.
You can do the polka dots before or after wrapping the present. I wrapped mine first and then added the dots, but it’s up to you. It works both ways.
Step One: dip the eraser tip of the pencil into the paint. Be careful not to grab too much so that it doesn’t get messy.
Step Two: apply the paint to the paper. You don’t need to worry about making your dots look perfect as they still look great slightly uneven.
Step Three: let it air dry for a few minutes or, if you’re in a hurry, the hair dryer is a big help.
Step Four: finish with a pretty golden bow.
I believe that adding your own calligraphy to a wrapping paper makes it a lot more special and thoughtful.
Again, don’t worry about making it perfect.
As you can see, I don’t have the prettiest hand-writing but I still think that the gift looks lovely wrapped up. And if you aren’t feeling confident, you can always practice on a piece of white paper before moving to the wrapping paper.
For this last DIY, I used a black Tombow brush pen but you are free to pick any other color, this was just the one I had in hand.
Step One: start by cutting the wrapping paper out the size you need for your gift.
Step Two: if you want to make sure you write in straight lines, use a pencil and a ruler to create light lines and rub out afterward.
Step Three: grab your brush pen and start writing your message. I just wrote, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year, Merry Christmas”.
Step Four: finish with a pretty red bow that pops against the brown paper.
I hope you liked these Christmas wrapping ideas! This is a very unusual blog post on Notes from Joana but I wanted to branch out and try something different. Although it was very challenging and very time-consuming to shoot these photos all by myself, I had a lot of fun creating these three wrapping papers and writing this blog post. Also, it goes hand in hand with the idea of having a mindful holiday season!