With birthdays and holidays smattering the calendar all year long, it’s quite common to find yourself without wrapping paper when you need it. Luckily, it’s simply to improvise some great do-it-yourself wrapping paper at home at Luke Family Housing if the need arises and you find yourself with decorative paper. Below are some favorite ideas:
Plain, old brown paper bags are great for wrapping all kinds of gifts. First, turn them inside-out so the printing doesn’t show, and then use hand-cut potato stamps and poster paint to cover them with fun designs. Or just wrap with a beautiful ribbon or bow.
Another easy way to make custom wrapping paper is to use spray paint and a cut-out stencil on thin fabric. By repeating a pattern in multiple colors, you can make wrapping material that people won’t want to throw away, and can use again and again. Plus it's 'green'!
If you have a printer, you can use your own photographs to make custom wrapping paper that will charm anybody who receives it. Adorn the paper with family pictures, or vacation shots — recipients may love the paper more than the gift.
Another way to make wrapping paper is by using an ordinary rubber stamp. Paint a thin layer of colorful acrylic paint onto the face of the stamp, you can make permanent marks on just about any paper. Brown kraft paper is particularly great to use, as it is inexpensive and holds up well.
If you have some time, it can be fun to make totally unique wrapping paper by writing or drawing on large sheets of butcher paper and cutting it up. If you have children, get them in on the fun and have them draw and decorate the paper.