It’s probably not at all useful for me to share holiday wrapping ideas this late in the game, or at least not my sort of holiday wrapping ideas. None of them are super quick or easy, making them not particularly helpful the day before Christmas Eve.
Although … wait a minute … this post could be helpful if you need to wrap just a few presents, you don’t have any Christmas wrap on hand and you don’t feel like braving the shops. Especially if, like me, you tend to always have a roll of brown craft paper, paint and stencils lying around.
So, on that note, here’s what I came up with for this year.
I had all of those fabulous stencils on hand already, so why not make use of them for Christmas packages? All of the stencils used came from Wallcutz, FYI.
The smaller version of the Rudolph and Co stencil was the perfect size for a shirt box.
And masking off portions of the Milk & Cookie stencil allowed it to fit on a slightly smaller box.
The even smaller boxes were stenciled using masked off portions of larger stencils too.
Here are a couple of q tips on stenciling Christmas packages.
First of all, stenciling on brown craft paper is fairly forgiving. The texture of the paper makes it easier to get a crisp finish because the paint doesn’t slide around like it does on a smoother surface. That being said, when possible I tape my stencil in place using yellow Frog tape (much like I did on the paper scroll sign I shared earlier). The yellow tape for delicate surfaces won’t leave a mark on your paper when it’s removed.
Secondly, I stenciled my boxes after they were wrapped. That can be a little bit trickier since the surface isn’t as firm. These were heavy duty stiff boxes. I would not attempt this with a flimsy box. This also meant that in some cases I couldn’t tape the stencil in place, so I was just super careful to hold it firmly in place as I worked. You could stencil the paper first, and then wrap the gift, but then you have to be careful to keep your design centered as you wrap the package which can also be tricky. It’s a trade off.
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to get a clean result stenciling on a gift bag, since they are a little lumpy when laid flat, but I think it worked just fine.
Looking back, this year’s custom Christmas wrap is not my all-time favorite. I think that award goes to the wrap I created that was inspired by a tour of a velvet factory in Venice …
But I also really loved the simplicity of last year’s wrap that I created using some IOD rubber stamps.
And the year I painted everything pink and used transfer gel to add some really cool 12 days of Christmas graphics was pretty good too.
What do you think? Can you pick a favorite?
Do you have everything all wrapped and ready to go already, or do you wait until the very last minute?