13 December 2012

Simple Christmas DIY: Make Your Own Gift Wrap



This Christmas at home we are taking simple gift giving one level up. Not only are we giving handmade gifts but we are wrapping them in paper that we decorated yourselves.
handmade gift paper project by kanelstrand, simple heart pattern

Try out this fun and quick project which will help you personalize your gifts and increase the holiday joy! It is great to do with kids of all ages.

What you need:
  • simple white paper (make sure it is not glossy),
  • watercolors,
  • brush,
  • small kitchen knife or utility knife.
handmade wrapping paper DIY by kanelstrand, here is what you need

Here is what you need to do:

1. Cut the potatoes in half.

2. Carve your patterns. We made two snowflakes, a simple swirl and a heart.
handmade wrapping paper DIY by kanelstrand, patterns and colors

3. Use just a tiny bit of water to wet the watercolor and apply the paint with the brush.
handmade wrapping paper DIY by kanelstrand, painting the carved heart
4. Stamp! Press hard. Stamp again! And again! The amount of watercolor paint we applied was enough for 3 stamps. 
handmade wrapping paper DIY by kanelstrand, how to stamp

4. We used the same pattern alternating between up to 3 colors on a single sheet of paper but you can do whatever suits you best. Use your imagination!
handmade wrapping paper DIY by kanelstrand, snowflake pattern
There are many great things about this project - it is very simple but also very inspirational, it can be as versatile as you decide, you can include your children or have fun doing it by yourself.


Not only will it bring a smile on your face while you make this patterned gift paper but it will surely make the people who receive your gifts feel extra special!

Apart from being handmade, your gift paper this year will also be eco-friendly and  it will be reused, I am sure, because who would want to throw so much beauty away?

Good luck and have a wonderful holiday season!