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DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper: Decorating Paper

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Once you have the basic paper for wrapping your Christmas gifts, you can decorate the paper in a variety of ways for a personalized touch.

 

  1. Sponge Painting- A great project for kids, use a sponge or shower pouf to paint the paper with paint. You can use one color or do multiple coats in different colors, such as red and green, for a different look. Cut a regular kitchen sponge into a shape for sponge stamping.
     
  2. Colored Pencils/Paint and Stencils- Colored pencils are definitely more labor intensive than a quick coat of paint over a stencil, but you can always do one special wrapping for your special someone.
     
  3. Stamps- Decorate your paper with rubber stamps of holiday shapes, such as bells, reindeer or Christmas trees. If you don’t have any stamps, check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own rubber stamps. For something even easier, cut a raw potato in half and draw a shape or use a cookie cutter as a guide. Cut out around the shape for a raised stamp.
     
  4. Rolling Pin- Craft Chi demonstrates how to use a rolling pin and cork contact paper or adhesive foam to create a beautiful repeating design on paper. I’m envisioning a repeating design with snowflakes.


     
  5. Wood-Grain- Martha Stewart shares a project for giving plain paper the elegant appearance of wood grain with a wood-graining tool much like a comb. This technique is called “faux bois.”
     
  6. Appliqué- Cut shapes out of felt, fabric or even better, old Christmas cards, and affix to the paper. For an extra-special touch, you can sew the appliqué shapes onto the paper. If you are without a sewing machine, simply punch evenly-spaced holes around the shape with a pin, and sew with embroidering floss. You might need to affix a sturdier background of cardstock or felt before sewing on a smaller shape to keep the paper from ripping.



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