So… I didn’t fall in love with any pre-made wrapping paper’s this season, so I made my own using Kraft Paper, Felt, and Yarn! Here’s a Tutorial for the designs I’ve come up with, so you can make your own too! It doesn’t take as long as you would think once you get in the swing of things, give it a try and just wait to see the smile on your gift recipient’s face when they see their gorgeous gifts!
I think the most important question here is…”Who says you can’t use your glue gun to wrap presents?!” Well I certainly did. Mr. Salvage thought I was a little nuts when I sat down to wrap last night with my glue gun by my side, but he loved the results too.
DIY Wrapping Paper Tutorial
First you’ll need to gather some supplies. Inexpensive Kraft Paper, yarn in red/white/green, felt in red/white/green/black, some tape, white copy paper, and your glue gun.
Snowflake Wrapping Paper
For this one you’ll need some yarn. Wrap your present in Kraft paper then use yarn just like you’d use ribbon and wrap it around your present in whatever pattern you like. I would have loved to have a lazy susan to help me wrap the yarn faster…just spin the present round and round, but I don’t have one of those…yet, so I just spun it on my table the best I could.
Next I took some plain white copy paper and using this snowflake tutorial made a couple of my own and hot glued them to the front of the package. Sound easy?! It was! Making paper snowflakes is a great project for the kiddos, or anyone who can use a pair of scissors, so don’t be afraid to get them involved in this project too! You can make the snowflakes large or small, use one per package or a dozen…totally up to you and your imagination!
Santa’s Belt Wrapping Paper
First wrap your yarn around the package. For this one I used a larger band of red yarn for the center and two smaller bands of white yarn on either side. Here’s what the back of my package looks like.
To make the belt buckle take your black felt and cut a square proportionate to the size of the yarn band you’ve already added to your package.
And cut a rectangle out of the center of your square to make the belt opening.
Then unfold and hot glue to your package…and you’re done! Super easy and super cute!
Holly Wrapping Paper
For this type I just made a small band of white yarn around the width of my package. To make the holly start with a green rectangle for the leaf.
Fold the rectangle in half.
And start cutting out one side of the holly leaf by making three outside points.
Unfold your cut up rectangle and you’ll have you first holly leaf.
Then just lay it over your green felt as a template and cut out as many as you’d like. I did two leaves at a time this way so I’d have a matching pair, but if you’re doing lots of packages this way you could mass produce the leaves without having to go through all the steps again, using your first leaf as the template.
Then just cut some circles from your red felt for the holly berries and glue them all on the package and you’re done! Super cute and custom.
Christmas Flower Wrapping Paper
Here’s another style I came up with. I wrapped the yarn around in whatever color I was feeling at the moment, sometimes in multiple directions.
Then I just made more felt flowers following this no sew felt flower tutorial I did a while ago and hot glued them to the package. Again really easy!
Now show off that custom wrapping paper!