As much as I try to get ahead and purchase holiday gifts throughout the year, I seem to always find myself scrambling at the last minute to find the perfect gift for someone (or let’s face it, several friends and family members). I’m either running to the store to buy a gift I somehow missed, or waiting for the mailman to delivery those over-nighted items. Each year I find myself in this position also encounter a second issue; running out gift wrap at the most inopportune time.
So this year, as I try to break my last minute habit and get all my shopping done this week I’m also going to be prepared to wrap all those gifts! My solution is making my own gift wrap with supplies I have around the house. This eco-friendly project is a great way to re-use household items and it will save you money because gift wrap can add up very quickly!
You will need a supplies to print your own gift wrap:
- Brown grocery bags
- Cardboard scraps
- Foam sheet (can be purchased at a craft store)
- Water-based craft paint
- Paint brush
- Paper plate to use as a palette for the paint
- Double-sided tape
- Bubble wrap
First, use scissors to cut open the bag so the brown paper lies flat. You will need to remove the bottom of the bag to do this.
To create a foam stamp, use a pencil to draw a shape on the foam and cut it out with scissors. Use double-sided tape to adhere the foam shape to a cardboard scrap. Then use a paint brush to apply paint to the stamp and stamp the paper to create your print. I used a triangle foam stamp to create geometric trees.
To create a bubble wrap stamp, cut a piece of bubble wrap and use the double-sided tape to adhere it to a cardboard scrap. Use a paintbrush to apply the paint to the stamp and stamp away!
Pencils erasers make great stamps. Just dip the eraser end of the pencil in paint and stamp the paper. If you use several colors it looks like festive confetti! Look around your house because there are so many other items that can make great stamps.
Rather than purchase decorative tie ons for the gifts, I used fallen twigs from our oak trees. I simply used some twine to hold the twig in place. I love the way it kinda looks like an antler.
This is a fun project to do with kids or even with your neighbors. Start saving your grocery bags, bring a snack to share and have a green gift wrapping party!