Prepping for Christmas: 3 ways to jazz up your Christmas wrapping

Becki Clarke's 3 way printing Christmas wrapping paper

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it before, a handmade Christmas is the best kind of Christmas. The handmade touches don’t have to stop at presents though – for a more thoughtful touch, why not try making your own wrapping paper?

The lovely Becki Clark shows you three different ways to jazz up your Christmas wrapping paper this year. You can use these techniques on brown craft paper or, even better, on a light cloth which you can use again next year. Happy soul, happy planet, happy Christmas!

Check out our other posts in our ‘Prepping for Christmas’ series:

Christmas wrapping paper DIYs

Potato print wrap 

Becki Clark’s potato print Christmas wrapping paper

Materials:

  • Brown craft paper
  • Potato
  • Craft knife
  • White acrylic paint
  • Pink acrylic paint
  • Pink twine
  • Gift tag
  • Washi tape
  • Flowers or foliage
Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 1

1. Begin with measuring out how much wrap you need – always do a bit more than you think to be on the safe side. Score a rectangle into your potato and then cut the edges away so that the rectangle remains as the higher point of the potato.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 2

2. Mix some of your acrylic with a small amount of water in a dish, then begin using your potato to print your white across the paper. This print is a random pattern inspired by hundreds and thousands!

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 3

3. Leave the white print to dry before starting with the pink. Again, push your potato onto the paint, then wrapping paper, to create a random pattern. Don’t be scared about working over the white, the overlap effect looks really lovely.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 4

4. Add twine around your presents.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Finished product

5. Once your presents are wrapped you can jazz up your gift tags by simply adding a strip of washi tape along the end of them, giving them a pop of colour. Attach your tags and add a floral stem or foliage to give your present the final touch.

Paint splattered wrap

Becki Clarke's paint splattered Christmas wrapping paper

Becki Clark’s paint-splattered Christmas wrapping paper

Materials:

  • Brown craft paper
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Twine
  • Foliage
  • Dried orange*
  • Gift tags
Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 1

1. Measure out the amount of wrapping paper you need. Mix together the white acrylic with water in a dish – you want the paint to drip from your paintbrush rather than be too dense to work with.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 2

2. Place your paint brush over the wrap and tap it to create a paint splattered effect. You can use a bigger brush to create a larger splatter if required. Work across the paper and wait for it to dry – it’s that simple!

CStep 33. Add twine, gift tag, foliage and dried orange* to give a traditional feel to a modern gift wrap idea.

*Drying your own oranges is really easy, simply pre-heat your oven to 120°C, line your dish with non-stick spray and pop your slices (ideally ¼cm or thinner) onto the tray. You can also use an oven rack, but you will need to keep turning them to ensure they don’t stick. Bake for 2-3 hours or until they’re completely dry.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Finished product

Naturally dyed fabric wrap

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Becki Clark’s naturally dyed Christmas wrap

Materials

  • Linen or cotton fabric
  • Raspberries
  • Dried orange
  • Wild chive
  • Saucepan
Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 1

1. Use one full cup of raspberries to act as your dye.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 2

2. Heat in a saucepan with 5 cups of water. Keep the saucepan on a medium heat, being careful not to let the water boil, or you’ll end up with a brown dye rather than a lovely pink. Heat the water for around 30 mins before draining and placing the dyed water back in the pan and adding in the fabric.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 3

3. Leave to soak for around 15 minutes, then hang to dry.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Step 5

5. Once dry, place your present in the middle of the fabric. Take the corner at the top left and tie it with the corner of the bottom right in the middle. Do the same with the top right and bottom left, then tuck in any additional material to end up with a knotted present.

You can then slide in dried orange slices & wild chive between the knots of your fabric to give an artisan look to your gifts. This wrap is a great idea as the recipient can reuse the material as they please. If you don’t have time to dye your own, raid your fabric stash for an equally lovely reusable wrap.

Becki Clark's Christmas wrapping DIYs

Finished product

If you try any of Becki’s Christmas wrapping paper DIYs, make sure to take a photo and tag us on Instagram using #molliemakers! For more Christmassy inspo, subscribe to Mollie Makes.

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