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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas - Homemade Snowflake Wrapping Paper

{Day Five}

My thinking is that the more effort that goes into the gifts you give, the more people appreciate them. It's not about the money you spend or how many things you buy...it's all about the thought behind them. Also...I have a great fondness for Christmas crafts - I love them really! (With this in mind expect some festive DIY's coming very soon!)

This year I thought it would be nice to extend that thinking to what we use to finish off our gifts, so I decided to make my own wrapping paper. When I say "make my own wrapping paper" I don't mean literally make the paper, I guess I should say customised? This year I knew that I wanted to have a white theme and, as I have done for a few years now I wanted to use brown paper, I love the rustic look of it. The first thing that comes to mind when you think "white" and "Christmas" for me is snow, so that was the plan! This paper is very quick and easy to make and as a bonus is far cheaper than buying the usual rolls of fancy gift wrap and all the tags and bows that come along with that. You also make as much or as little as you need.

You Will Need:
Brown paper
White acrylic paint
White glitter
Snowflake stamp
Old paint brush
Small plate


First roll out your brown paper and weigh the ends down so it doesn't roll up, I found this easiest to do on the floor just because it gave me a lot more room. I put a large board under the paper to give me a flat sold surface but if you have a clear table or work top that would be easier.


Squeeze a little paint out onto your plate (don't worry it washes off) and drip in your brush. The reason for the plate is to allow you to dab the brush around to take off excess paint. Lightly dab the brush all over the stamp until the design is covered and then press it on your paper. Be careful not to overload your stamp, this will give you a much neater finish.


As soon as you lift off your stamp, sprinkle your glitter all over your snowflake print, this gives the glitter time to stuck to the paint properly while it dries. How you lay out your design is completely up to you, I decided to go for an organised pattern with my paper. 


Keep going until you have done as much paper as you need. The prints take only moments to dry so as I was moving down the roll I would shake the excess glitter back into the jar and either roll up or fold the finished wrapping paper, just so it is out of the way. And there you have it...glittery snowflake gift wrap! So easy to make and looks so beautiful under your tree. I stayed with the white theme and finished our with plain white ribbon and as I always do, little plain brown luggage tags. 


How are you wrapping your gifts this year?

8 Sleeps Till Christmas!














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6 comments

  1. Brilliant idea. Looks so pretty I love it x

    Lauren | What Lauren Says

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  2. Your wrapping paper is beautiful, Shelley! :D

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    1. Thank you Traci, it was fun to make :) xx

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  3. That's such a beautiful idea! I really want to wrap my presents creatively but I'm not sure if I'll have time to make something as nice as this :)

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    1. Thank you Ellie :) It really didn't take long at all to do. xx

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