Christmas crafting: wrapping gifts

This is a very early post, as a rule I don’t like Christmas things before mid december, but this is a bit of a craft make which might need a bit of time to work.

Now I’ve already confessed to loving the holidays, so I thought I could safely tell you about my obsession with gift wrap and you wouldn’t judge me. Well not too harshly anyway. I just don’t feel any warmth for the bog standard christmas parcels. You know the foil, over-excited patterns, clashing colours etc?

For me, the parcels under the tree are part of the whole decoration and scheme. I like to look at the tree and think as a whole package it looks nice.

So a few years ago, I took to wrapping my parcels with a theme. I concentrated on simple and stylish and I ended up doing a lot with brown paper and minimal accessories. I did splash out on some fun labels though.

I discovered how flexible this could be and with a bright ribbon, fun label or a snowflake stamp, I achieved that pretty look I had been after but kept things fun.

The snowflake stamp is on boxes, which added another fantastic level to things. You know when you’ve opened all your presents, the tree just looks so bare? Well, these boxes can be put back under the tree, empty, to keep things looking festive 😉

So where is this taking me, well, I decided to try something new this year, I am having a go at making some custom wrapping paper. To be fair, I do work in an art college so I have inspiration and printers a plenty.  I am having a go at creating some fun in my design with word search wrapping paper. I think I’ve obviously seen this somewhere online and it stuck in my head.

How to make your own word search wrapping paper

Like I said I am lucky to work somewhere that I have access to large format printers so I could do huge gift wrap sheet sized prints. You may only manage A4 size but you can still have fun with this.

I created this on a computer by simply creating a document and typing a row of letters with a double space in between. I did a few rows of just random letter, then for speed, cut and pasted bits and pieces to make up the next rows and just kept going until I filled the page.

Next, I decided on some words and phrases that I wanted in there for the recipient to find like Merry Xmas, Yule etc  (in true form, Kathryn asked if she got brownie points for finding the naughty words), and replaced letters individually to make these. I also added the recipient’s name a few times, in this case, Kathryn.

Lastly I printed it, like I said I was able to print in large sheets.

So how did it turn out? Well not too bad, although it was hard to wrap making sure to keep the chosen word or phrase in the correct place so I could circle it afterwards and make my “label”.

I think there may be random tweaks over time, but happy with the initial test of the idea. You can easily change your colour scheme too with different ribbons and coloured pens.

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