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!
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”.
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?”
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)
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)
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!
Add a big red bow complemented by Jute and Bakers twine to complete the look.
Here is a second version of faux-quilt stamped Kraft paper wrap adorned with sheer green ribbon and yarn.
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.
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.
Strips of thin ribbon in several colors accentuate the “Partridge in a pear tree” ribbon adorning this multi-hued package.
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?
I loved this wrap so much I pulled out all the stops with the ribbon combining lace, tulle, and sparkling wide, wired ribbon.
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.
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:
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!