Christmas Crafternoon: DIY Wrapping Paper

‘Tis the season to DIY with this cracking Christmas Crafternoon: DIY Wrapping Paper.

I’m a big fan of beautiful wrapping!  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a pro by any means and I’ve had my fair share of disastrous wrapping attempts, in-transit ripping and the-paper-ran-out-and-I-hoped-you-wouldn’t-notice botch jobs BUT there is something so sensationally seasonal about colourful, glittery, ribboned stacks of presents under the tree!  Pile on the bows and bells and baubles and I’m happier that a kitten in a tinsel factory!

Last year I stepped my wrapping up a notch with ribbons and pompoms and this year I’m cranking it up all the way to 11 (spinal tap much?) with DIY Wrapping Paper using beautiful stamps and colourful inks on brown paper (packaging tied up with string….. )

This is such a fun and simple idea – choose your stamps, choose your colours, lay your paper our flat and get stamping!  You can create repeating patterns, use a variety of stamps or the same one with different colours, make your design small and detailed or spread it out and just stamp wherever the hell you feel like stamping (this also makes great therapy if anyone’s feeling a bit of pre-christmas stress!).

You Will Need:

  • Rubber stamps in designs you love
  • Ink pads in a variety of colours
  • A roll of brown paper

hand stamped wrapping paper

Step One: Lay your paper out on a flat surface and select your first colour and stamp.  Press your stamp into your ink pad so it is completely covered and then press evenly onto your brown paper making sure it doesn’t move!!

If you haven’t used stamps before do a few test runs on some scrap paper.

Step Two: Now repeat, changing stamps and colours (make sure you wash and dry your stamp if you want to use it with a different colour so you don’t mix the inks and end up with a range of ‘mud’ shades on your beautiful design!)

DIY wrapping paper stamps

Step Three: DRY IT OUT.  I worked on a table-top sized section of paper at a time and then allowed my paper to dry overnight so it absolutely wouldn’t smudge when it came to wrapping. You could also cut each section when you finish it and hang up to dry so you can make a start on the next piece.

Step Four: Wrap Wrap Wrap and a Happy Crafternoon to all!


  • Using gold ink is a lovely way to create a more subtle design or add a little more festive spirit to your design
  • Think about what you’ll be wrapping in your finished paper before you choose a design.  Smaller items look better with smaller, closer stamps, larger items could work brilliantly well with a spaced out pattern.

DIY printed wrapping paper

Wrapping paper DIY tutorial


Photography by Hannah Cox.  Covered under copyright © Crafternoon Cabaret Club 2014

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