Quick and Easy DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper

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Homemade wrapping paper faster than you can say “Christmas!”

I’m a huge fan of gorgeous wrapping paper. My favorite paper boutique carries some of the most beautiful paper I’ve ever seen — so beautiful, it should be framed. Sadly, I almost never seem to have wrapping paper on hand when I need it. However, because of all of my crafty nonsense, I always have a roll of butcher’s paper and a roll of Kraft paper. Love the stuff. I buy a few rolls whenever I see them on sale. Need an art project for a toddler in a pinch? Butcher paper and finger paint on the kitchen floor. Boom.

I started wrapping presents in butcher and Kraft paper out of desperation, but realized quickly that I loved the simplicity of the look. Then I started hand drawing little doodles on the paper. Now I’ve graduated to DIY Patterns on my Christmas wrapping paper. I have no idea what will come next, but my fingers are crossed it’s that I just remember to buy pretty wrapping paper. In the meantime, check out my quick and easy DIY designs and get your wrap on.

First, gather your supplies. That includes your gifts, a roll of Kraft paper (brown) and butcher paper (white), baker’s twine, paint markers, washi tape, ribbon, felt … basically whatever craft supplies you may have languishing in a drawer somewhere.

Supplies and presents for a certain almost-three-year-old.

Measure out the wrapping paper needed for each present. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s MUCH easier to draw patterns on a flat piece of paper than on paper wrapped around a box. Duh.

The first example I’ll show is one of my favorite: Kraft paper and a white paint marker. Be advised that when it comes to drawing and painting, I have basically no talent.

But see? Artistic talent not required. It almost looks better when it appears you enlisted your toddler to draw Christmas trees for you. Add some pretty red-and-white baker’s twine and it’s rustic chic. 

Next up: Butcher paper, my daughter’s green paint, and a very simple repeating pattern. 

Abstract Christmas tree or trendy chevron pattern? Does it matter? It’s pretty and wrapped. Again, throw in the baker’s twine to finish. Done. 

Finally, nothing is quicker than a few looping lines on butcher paper. Using a silver leaf pen and a red marker, I made a quick wave pattern on my paper. 

Then I finished it off with some silver ribbon and a red felt bow. 

Saving money means stockings that are even more chock full of fun, which is always a winner in my book. And none of these designs took more than five minutes, so the time investment is pretty low. Materials can be almost anything you have on hand, so get creative. Merry Happy Wrapping!

For even more ideas, see Emily’s stamped wrapping paper, Michelle’s post on wrapping with basic brown paper and these clever projects below.

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As the founder, designer, and one-woman workforce behind Minnow + Co, a tight budget has never stopped this DIY-girl-at-heart from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every ...

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