How to make your own Christmas wrapping paper

Nothing says ‘mid-morning Christmas Day’ quite like a living room covered in ripped wrapping paper! It’s often not until we see the aftermath that we realise just quite how much of it we use. Double that, if you happen to have a large family!
 
Whether it’s because you’re celebrating on a budget or are going for a zero-waste Christmas, there are many great reasons to make your own wrapping paper. It’s also a great way to make the gifts you’re giving feel more unique and personalised.
 
Read on for our guide to making your own reusable Christmas wrapping paper.

CHOOSE YOUR BASE

There’s an array of inexpensive and eco-friendly materials you can use to DIY your wrapping paper.  
 
For a simple yet rustic aesthetic, try brown paper roll  — also known as kraft paper. If you’re looking for a blank canvas you can decorate to perfection, white paper roll also works well. You can source these paper rolls from the grocery, craft or hardware store.
 
For a fun and festive feel, you can’t go past tissue paper in red, green or silver. Just keep in mind that this can be quite thin, so you may need a few layers of it for each gift.
 
Want to give your gift wrapping a more sophisticated makeover? Try fabrics like silk, cotton, cheesecloth or nylon. You can choose from plain colours or patterns, such as floral or paisley. These don’t necessarily have to have a Christmas theme — neutral patterns work well and are easy to reuse, too.

CUT TO SIZE

To make your life easier, it’s a good idea to cut your rolls of paper or fabric into smaller pieces (while still large enough to cover your gifts) before you get started. The last thing you want to do is wrestle with large pieces of material while you’re decorating!

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

If you’ve gone down the plain paper route, it’s time to spruce up your wrapping paper. There are many different ways you can do this.
 
One cute and simple idea that leaves minimal mess is to use Christmas stamps. Whether it’s stars, Santa or snowmen, these give your wrapping paper a fun, embossed effect.
 
If you’re keen to get a little craftier with it, glitter, acrylic paints and crayons are all great options. Or, you might choose to marble them with acrylic paint, or use stencils to decorate it. The sky — and your creativity — is the limit!
 
DON'T FORGET THE TRIMMINGS 

Once you’ve wrapped your presents in your beautiful, homemade paper, it’s time to add the final touches. These are the things that can really take your gift wrapping from ‘DIY job’ to ‘Wow, did you have this wrapped at the store?’ The good news is, this doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming!
 
With just a few simple materials, you can take your gifts look professionally wrapped. For a more traditional Christmas look, tie it in thick, fabric ribbon. Or, for an earthier look, thin, brown string. 
 
Other lovely touches include stickers, tinsel or even small pinecones. To finish,  don’t forget the cards or label — or, you can hand-draw the name onto the wrapping paper for a more personalised feel.
 
Not only are these personalised wrapping ideas kinder to your wallet and the environment, but they’ll seriously impress the people receiving them
 
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