As you all know I’m quite the lover of DIY despite being a tad absent from any kind of crafts of late. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a fair-weather DIY-er but what better excuse to jump back on the wagon than good old Crimbo!
Last year I planned to make my own wrapping paper and unfortunately I failed miserably at the first hurdle. By that, I mean, I bought it instead! Laziness took a hold of me and I instead chose to jazz up some ribbon and leave the paper to the pro’s.
This year however, it was game on. No I didn’t literally make the paper itself but I did buy brown paper and stamp the s*** out of it!
Of course I took to good old Pinterest for inspiration and I came back with fingerprints and letter stamps!
I’m a big fan of the old brown paper packages tied up with strings malarky and I’ve gone for it a few years in a row. This year I stuck to the brown paper, 1 because it’s super cheap and 2 because it’s basically a blank canvas for your own designs. I didn’t go for any string although it’s not the 25th just yet … there’s still time
I’d bought this letter stamping kit from Amazon a while back as I plan to make my own place setting and wedding invitations for my wedding.
It only cost about a tenner and now that I’ve used it for this wrapping paper among other Christmasy crafts (posts to come) it’s definitely a worthy purchase!
I really liked the reindeer finger print idea so I made that my main design. Is imply used brown paint ( I think mine was actually left over fabric paint), red glitter glue for the nose and gold glitter glue for the antlers. On some of them I then added googly eyes but I actually think they look quite cool without them!
I decided to shake things up a bit, in true impulsive style and did a couple of random designs too.
I stamped the names all over the paper on some presents, on others I dipped the end of a Christmas tree branch in white paint and stamped it onto the present and the rest I made bird footprints using a black marker pen.
The overall theme is very natural and of course, a bit messy and homemade!
These designs were so easy to create, although the stamping can be a but time consuming!
I love a bit of diy as much as I know the recipients will appreciate the extra bit of love that’s gone into wrapping their presents!
Have you made your wrapping paper before? If so please link it below I’d love to see!
Thanks for reading,