Christmas wrapping paper can be very expensive. If you have ever looked at the price tag for one roll of the brightly colored stuff, you have probably realized that you are paying way more then you should just to get your presents ready to give. This is not holiday budget friendly. For every present that you purchase, you have to find some cost affective way to make them look great.
There is an easy solution to this money madness that is Christmas wrapping paper. You can make your own custom Christmas wrapping paper. It is a simple craft project that can take less time then picking up a roll and standing in line at a checkout. You can make this type of wrapping paper for other occasions as a way to save money.
Things the You Will Need to Make Custom Christmas Wrapping Paper
Roll of Brown or White Packing Paper
Markers Rubber Stamps and Colored Ink
Depending on the shape of the present that you are needing to put your Christmas wrapping paper on, you can either create your masterpiece after the present is wrapped or before. There are good points and bad points for each way of doing this. You can easily position your designs on the package if you do so after it is wrapped. You can create basic designs on the flat Christmas wrapping paper and then just position it so that you can wrap anything.
Use some holiday designed rubber stamps with colored ink to start your pattern. You do not need to have a lot of rubber stamps to have great looking custom Christmas wrapping paper. You could have one that is in the shape of a tree and build from there. Place your stamps at various angles and all over the blank paper that you are using.
Use the markers to add more detail to your colored stamp marks. If you are using the tree idea from the previous step for your Christmas wrapping paper, there are many things that you can do to add to your custom look. You can draw ornaments and garland on your trees. You can also add presents and tree skirts underneath. Use your imagination to create mini pictures based on each stamp that you have made.
If you want your Christmas wrapping paper to be sparkly, you will want to get out the glitter. Use your glue to make swirls around your various pictures that you created. Sprinkle the glitter over the glue and remove the excess. You can even choose to do designs like snowflakes and other holiday items on top of your basic swirls.
Allow the ink and glue to dry completely before you head off to give your gift. Your friends and family will be in awe over your custom Christmas wrapping paper. You will have saved enough money with this easy to do craft that you may want to even get yourself a gift.
Do you want the recipient of your custom Christmas wrapping paper covered gift to know who it is from without a gift tag? You can print out a picture of you or of you and the person receiving the gift and glue it to paper. Decorate around the edges to make it look like it is framed. This is another great way to customize your Christmas wrapping.