This holiday season, make the presentation of your gifts as special as what’s inside! We’ve come up with a few ideas for creative homemade gift-wrapping options. Why not embellish a gift-card holder with a decorated clothespin (we love matching the embellishment to the theme of a gift, such as adding a coffee cup charm to a coffeehouse gift card!) Or make your own stamped wrapping paper in the colors and designs of your choice–the possibilities are endless, and this craft is great to do with kids. Fire up your creativity and have fun!
Gift Card Holder
Elmer’s glue and/or craft paint
hot glue (optional)
glitter or micro-beads
small paper bags
fun holiday embellishments
Kraft paper or paper in the color of your choice
craft paints and brushes
pom-poms, embroidery thread & needle (if desired)
Gift Card Holder
Step 1: Take a clothespin and spread it with glue. Add glitter or microbeads. (Optional, paint your clothespin with the color of your choice and allow microbeads to sink into the paint.)
Step 2: Give your glue or paint a moment to dry, and then use glue or hot glue to add a festive embellishment (we used dollhouse accessories).
Step 3: Clip to bag holding a gift card, and decorate with stamps or a holiday greeting.
Tip: Always use glitter or micro-beads over a tray for easy clean-up!
Package Wrapping: Natural Look
Step 1: Draw or trace a shape on sticker-backed foam and cut out.
Step 2: Peel off sticker and attach to a piece of cardboard; this will be your stamp.
Step 3: Paint with the color of your choice; do not allow to dry.
Step 4: Begin stamping. For a natural look, we used white paint on brown Kraft paper. You can get about 2 stamps per paint application; continue repainting as necessary.
Step 5: To complete your natural look gift-wrapping, cut strips of burlap to create a ribbon to tie around the package. Finish with a complementary decoration or gift tag.
Package Wrapping: Colorful Look
Step 1: Repeat the above process of creating stamps. For our ornament gift-wrapping, we made 3 stamps of different sizes in circle shapes.
Step 2: Choose your paint colors and create a palette.
Step 3: Paint your stamps as before and begin stamping, varying size and color. To change colors on a stamp, simply wipe off previous color with a paper towel. For our colorful look package wrapping, we used white paper to make the colors pop.
Step 4: To turn your stamps into ornaments, use gray paint to add tops and hook loops to each circle. Vary direction for a random look. Using white paint, add a highlight to each ornament.
Step 5: To create a colorful embellishment, use embroidery thread and needle to string pom-poms. Loop it and pull tight to create a whimsical gift topper, or string it around your tree or place on your mantel as a garland.
Now that the gifts are wrapped, it’s time to settle in and enjoy the holiday season!
Craft by Carrie Christian of Scribble Art Studio / Photography by Siobhan Egan