Last year I shared my 5 Unique Ways to Wrap Gifts, this year I thought I'd show you 5 Diy Homemade Wrapping Paper Ideas perfect for wrapping up your Xmas pressies on a budget and being a bit unique at the same time. All of these ideas use simple brown parcel paper and materials you can pick up cheaply. Hope you enjoy and do let me know your favourite in the comments!!
POTATO PRINT PAINTING
I love this simple and effective way of creating your own wrapping paper. Firstly it uses plain brown parcel paper. You will also need a potato and what ever paint colour you wish to use. I'm using Annie Sloans Lem Lem which is a lovely pale green colour of which all the profits go to Oxfam. This green is perfect for my Christmas tree design but you can use any colour you wish. To make your stamp cut a 1/3 off your potato so there is plenty to hold, then slice out your design. Keep the shape simple for the most effective stamp.
Put your stamp into the paint or brush the paint on to your potato shape and then press onto kitchen paper to take off excess. Press onto the brown paper firmly, pressing from side to side. Lift off and reapply paint and repeat design all over.
Leave to dry and then wrap your gifts adding white raffia or ribbon and simple rustic embellishments.
GOLD PAINTED BAUBLE DESIGN
This is one of the more ornate designs. You will need gold paint, an old cork, a black biro or pen and permanent felt tips. Start by stamping a gold circle using the base of the cork and the same method as the potato stamping above. Twist the cork for a nice round shape. Once dry draw around the bauble shape with black biro and add the hanger top and thread shape too. Give each bauble its own unique design with the green and red pens.
I love this one, I really love how intricate it is and how every bauble is different. Again you can use any colour you wish and add glitter too. I've finished off my gifts with red string and little holly embellishments.
SIMPLE BLACK SHARPIE DESIGN
This is one of the simplest designs and so effective. You can mix and match patterns and you can create this diy wrapping paper by simply drawing with a black sharpie on to the brown parcel paper. I've done one parcel with text that reads Merry Christmas diagonally and the other with a pretty star design. I've finished off this parcel stack with white wide ribbon and a mini pinecone.
POM POM FAIRY LIGHTS DESIGN
There are a few versions of this fairy lights homemade wrapping paper one of which is creating the coloured lights using finger painting. I've decided to use mini coloured pom poms for mine. Start off by wrapping your gift in the brown paper and then draw your curly fairy light wire using a black sharpe. Dot glue at intervals along the line and stick on your pom poms. Once dry add a dome shape above each pom pom bulb.
I really love how cute this design is.
PINK & GOLD BRUSH STROKES
Another cute and simple design is this pink and gold brushstroke design. I'm using my fave Annie Sloan Pink chalk paint in the shade Antoinette, Start off by brushing rough strokes of the pink onto the brown paper. Make sure your brush is not too overloaded with paint. Once dry then with a smaller brush apply a brush stroke of gold next to each pink stroke.
And that's it. So simple and so pretty. I've finished off my gifts with chunky string and a mini gold ornament as an embellishment.