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Repurpose Packaging Paper into Stylish Gift wrap

by Amy Bowerman

Hey there crafty friends!  I just love pretty presents.  That is one of my favorite things about the holiday season.  Ribbons, bows, and wrapping paper of all kinds, from elegant and ornate to simple and rustic.  I love it all!  I’m a saver of ribbons and things to be reused for other packages and projects.  As much as I love gift wrap, I love a wrap job that’s good for the planet even more!  Today I’m going to show you how to repurpose packaging paper into stylish gift wrap.  Packages are turning up on doorsteps everywhere just filled with paper that you can use to create your own unique gift wrap.  Come along and I’ll show you how!

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Ann Butler has just released an amazing line of Faux-Quilting stamps with Kelly Craft perfect for the non-sewer like myself…who’s with me?  Ann’s new stamps were the perfect choice for creating gift wrap sure to leave an “impression”.

Repurpose Packaging Paper into Stylish Gift wrap | Pluckingdaisies.com  For the past few years my family and I have exercised a “Light Gift Exchange” between the adults.  It’s been a wonderful thing and cuts down on the “holiday craziness” by allowing us to focus on just being together and not worry about spending a fortune.  We exchange just a few small thoughtful gifts and enjoy being together.  Because “That’s what Christmas is all about…right Charlie Brown?”

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Big things DO come in small packages!  With only a few small gifts to wrap I like to create a pretty package with BIG impact.  This practice works every time.  Instead of tearing into the package my gift recipients savor the handcrafted packaging for a while and of course hand the ribbon right back to me to be repurposed for next years holiday projects :)

Repurposed Packaging Paper Gift Wrap

 

There are a few types of packaging paper that you will find in your shipping boxes and shopping bags.  Glossy White, Kraft, and Plain white paper.  I have used Kraft Paper and Glossy White packaging paper for this tutorial.

*You can also find rolls of Kraft Packaging Paper and Glossy White paper at the Dollar Store that will last for eons!

STEP 1 :  Cut a piece of packaging  paper to the size of your gift  (Intrigued by the “Pick Punch”  see my custom guitar pick tutorial and review  HERE)

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STEP 2:  Stamp your design using a variety of Inks (I used Clearsnap Colorbox Ink)

*TIP*  Use a stamping mat to ensure a clear impression (available at most craft stores for around $5)

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Here’s another Tip for you:  If you will be using multiple stamps and ink colors in your design and run out of Stamping Blocks you can use the lid to your Clearsnap Colorbox ink pads.  The clear lid design makes Clearsnap lids a handy stamping block option in a pinch!

Repurpose Packaging Paper into Stylish Gift wrap | Pluckingdaisies.com  Here is my design on repurposed Kraft packaging  paper.  With a mix of whites, blacks, browns and traditional Christmas reds and green this wrap is filled with rustic holiday charm!

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Add a big red bow complemented by Jute and Bakers twine to complete the look.

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Here is a second version of faux-quilt stamped Kraft paper wrap adorned with sheer green ribbon and yarn.

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For the ladies I went with a non traditional holiday color scheme.  I adore non-traditional colors for the holidays don’t you?  I drew my inspiration from this colorful Holiday Ribbon and designed my wrapping paper to match.

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This Faux-quilted wrap was stamped with nearly every color of the rainbow on Glossy White packaging paper.  This style of paper tends to wrinkle but I think the wrinkles only add to its hand made charm.

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Strips of thin ribbon in several colors accentuate the “Partridge in a pear tree” ribbon adorning this multi-hued package.

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This may be my favorite faux-quilted wrapping paper.  My three favorite colors are represented and a would be mistake was turned into a happy accident!  The hearts were placed over ink smears and by Jove, I just “love” the look.  What do you think?

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I loved this wrap so much I pulled out all the stops with the ribbon combining lace, tulle, and sparkling wide, wired ribbon.

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See how easy it is to use repurposed packaging paper to create your own gift wrap?  Now all you need to do is put them under your tree and admire your handiwork for a few days.

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The next time the UPS man shows up with a package save the paper and repurpose it for gift wrap.  You can create your own stylish wrap for any occasion.

For more Repurposed Gift Wrap Tutorials Check out the Links below:

Stamped Brown Paper Gift Wrap  

Turn Shipping Boxes into Gift Boxes

Recycled Packaging Tissue

You can find the Ann Butler Faux-Quilting Stamps used for this project HERE.  Ann also has a line of Clearsnap inks in a vibrant hued color palette to use for all your creative ventures that you can check out here.

Want to see more project inspiration using Ann Butler’s new faux-quilting stamps? See what my crafty friends are up to by visiting the blogs listed below.


Have a gifted day!

Amy*

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3 malia January 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

HOLY COW I am in LOVE! These stamps look a-maze-ing!
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4 Paula@SweetPea December 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I need to start saving paper. You could use your stamping method for gifts year round!
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5 Ellen December 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Great ideas. I knew I had been saving all of that packing paper for something, I just hadn’t decided what :)
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6 Cheryl Boglioli December 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

Fabulous idea. I may have to try this since I don’t have my presents wrapped yet.
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7 Buttons December 22, 2013 at 5:55 am

LOVE this idea for creating packaging. It really does give you the quilted feel without the hassle. Your presents look fantastic under the tree now. Jenny x
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8 jpscraps December 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

These gifts are beautifully wrapped! It great when you can make your own wrapping paper :)

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9 Ava Gavloski December 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm

very creative gift wrapping, i need to try this out, after the hop

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10 stamping sue December 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

Amy, I’m with you when it comes to wraping gifts. I do about the same thing….I repurpose bags, too.
Happy Holidays!
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11 Lisa Rojas December 20, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Amy, this wrapping paper is too cool! I love the way you used Ann’s stamps! Great job!!!!!

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12 Sharon M. Reinhart December 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Love the gift wrapping ideas! Great timing as well, I am sure it will inspire many of us with our own gift wrapping for the holidays!

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13 Lisa Fulmer December 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

Beyond fabulous!
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14 Madeline Arendt December 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

I just love this idea! Being a big fan of repurposing and recycling this is a super idea with the stamps.

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15 Ann Butler December 20, 2013 at 5:34 am

I LOVE creating wrapping paper and using the stamps is perfect for this….Love all of it and the detail you used. Thank you for being part of the Hop!

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16 Dee in NH December 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

OMG! That is awesome paper you made!!!! Now I wish I had some of that cool brown paper…..got my thinking cap on. This year for the first time we are exchanging hand made gifts, (we still draw names) and I made a mixed media canvas that I almost hate to give away, lol! You have me thinking about the presentation. I also made my Mom a welcome sign out of an old piece of broken basket, (wish I could show you) and that is also screaming out for home made paper! You have me thinking………

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17 Anne Rx December 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm

Wow Amy, you have turned plain brown paper into the most wonderful packaging. Love the stamps and love what you did with them. I am about to start wrapping so will have a go at this – thank you for sharing. Festive hugs, Anne x
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18 Shauna December 19, 2013 at 2:34 pm

I love to do this too and all the years I taught art to kids we did this every Christmas! Thanks for sharing your creations and I love those stamps! I’m raising my hand here, joining you as a non-sewer! I have to get those! I think both styles of your paper are fantastic but, of course, I’m partial to all the bright colors on your “lady” packages! I’m just crazy about that pear ribbon! At first I thought they were stylized ornaments. Our extended family went to drawing names so we don’t have to buy so many things either. It also affords more time to spend on the wrapping of each gift without so many to do. You are just a proliferator of splendid ideas! Thank you!

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