It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – and that means presents! When you’ve splurged on a gift for that special someone, you want the outside to look as good as what’s on the inside. We’ve got a few creative and cost effective gift wrapping ideas that you can replicate right at home. Not only will your gift stand out from the crowd, your creative efforts will be deemed just as thoughtful as the gift itself!
What you’ll need:
- Scrap plain paper or sheets of an old newspaper
- Black pens in varying widths and styles (whatever you have lying around at home will work)
- String or baker’s twine (go for the striped variety for extra effect)
- Sticky tape
- Feather (optional)
First start by laying your scrap paper flat on a table or desk. Decide what shape you want to run with and start to create a hand drawn pattern across your paper (we’ve chosen our signature X logo). Try using simple shapes like circles, dots, triangles or crosses to achieve the most stylish looking pattern. To give your wrapping even more interest, use multiple pen widths and styles – we’ve chosen a ballpoint pen and two different types of marker to create our designs.
Experiment with different types of patterns and papers. You can create all-over designs (like our X pattern) or even placement designs (as per our bohemian arrow artwork) – just make sure your design sits in the correct place when you wrap your present! Also be sure your pattern covers a large enough piece of paper for whatever it is you need to wrap!
Tip: A variety of similar scrap papers look great together – we used plain brown butcher’s paper and and old newspaper (but any plain, neutral scrap paper will do the trick!)
Next take your gift and wrap it with your finished paper artwork. To complete the look, grab your string or baker’s twine and wrap it around your gift 5 or 6 times. Secure with a knot or a bow and thread a feather through the twine to finish!
Whether or not you are the creative type, drawing repetitive shapes and designs can be extremely therapeutic and very meditative. If you’re feeling inspired, sit down and make multiple designs on different papers and keep them in the cupboard for when you next need them!