Today’s post is a little tutorial on how to create a colorful, textural gift wrap from an inexpensive roll of kraft paper.
- A roll of kraft paper, the smooth kind, not the kind with embossed lines in it. Mine is 30 inches by a whopping 40 feet long because I’m making multiple rolls for a Christmas crafts fund raiser. Woohoo, it was only $3.37. (Gotta love those generous Michael’s coupons!)
- Craft paints. I had gold, peach, and red on hand. I bought small bottles of blue and green for less than a dollar each.
- An old, empty gift card. (Mine was Joe Bean’s coffee, yum!)
1. I cut a strip of paper 30 inches by 96 inches. This is a standard Hallmark size for a wrapping paper roll, and I figured they know what they’re doing!
2. I rolled the paper up lengthwise (yes, a long tube) and scrunched it. I was careful not to wring it because that would tear the paper. Then I unrolled the paper and rolled it crosswise and scrunched it.
I thought it needed more wrinkles, so I repeated the rolling and scrunching one more time. The result was a series of creases that came together in imperfect little T’s or plus signs.
3. I dropped a few dabs of red paint on the paper and spread it out with the gift card. The wrinkles in the paper make vague linear shapes reaching up-and-down and back-n-forth across the paper.
4. When the red paint dried (mostly this project was waiting for paint to dry!), I used the same process to add green, gold, and peach paint. The red, green, and gold said, “Christmas,” but by adding peach and blue, the wrapping paper became more versatile. I chose blue as my accent color, so I used just a little bit of it and applied it by splattering. Both the bold color and the fact that it was splattered and not smeared on with a gift card made the blue an accent and not just another color. The finished paper was inexpensive, wonderfully colorful, unique, and textural.
Here I added a torn strip of green and blue fabric as a bow:
Make this day even better. Consider:
- Are you making those popular, painted, clear glass ornaments for Christmas? Start now. It takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r for the paint to dry (like weeks or months even). A lot of crafters have trouble with the paint adhering. I’ve had success after cleaning the inside of the ornament with rubbing alcohol, letting it dry, and using QUALITY craft paint that says “multi surface” on the label or even “adheres to glass” rather than the 99 cent stuff. The higher quality paint doesn’t spread very easily, so you have to shake the ornament a lot, but eventually it coats the entire inside. (Or you may have to water down the paint a tiny bit to get it to spread.) Here are two ornaments I made with supplies leftover from last year. I embellished one with silver leaf (then sealed it to keep it from tarnishing) and the other with gold leaf.