How to Make Custom Wrapping Paper
Making your own gift wrap is is a simple way to add a special touch to the presents under your tree. With brown kraft paper, stencils, and paint, we can make classy paper that can even be burned in your fireplace (unlike traditional gift wrap). This project is super easy and results in gorgeous, unique wrapping paper that won’t break the bank. However, brown kraft paper is not all that special, so we’re going to use stencils to create fun custom gift paper.
Materials for DIY wrapping paper:
- Pattern stencil of your choice (we used lazy daisies, plaid, and an offset checkerboard)
- Brown kraft paper
- White acrylic paint
- Secondary acrylic color (optional)
- Sponge brush
- Paper plate
- Newspaper or drop cloth to protect your surface
1. Prep painting materials and kraft paper
Squeeze out some white acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Set out your kraft paper on a flat surface. Put newspaper or a drop cloth underneath the paper to keep your surface clean.
2. Place stencil on kraft paper
The kraft paper does not have to be the exact size of the stencil. Our pattern stencils come in 20” x 20” sizes, which will cover a large amount of space. If you need a larger area of paper to cover larger gifts, our patterns are repeatable and can cover any amount of space.
We do not recommend using any type of adhesive to hold down the stencil on kraft paper. Adhesives can tear away the top layer of paper when removing the stencil. Instead, work in small areas at a time and hold down the stencil firmly with your hand. Kraft paper is not slippery like normal wrapping paper, and the stencil will only move if pushed.
3. Dab paint onto kraft paper with sponge brush
Dip the flat part of the sponge brush into the paint. Squeeze out any excess paint by dabbing the brush onto a clean area of the paper plate. When using a sponge brush with stencils, use as little paint as possible at a time. This will prevent paint from bleeding under the edges of the stencil and making the design imperfect. Kraft paper is also fairly thin, and we want to prevent the paper from becoming oversaturated.
Some of our pattern stencils, such as this western design, have multiple layers. Once the first layer of paint has dried, add the second layer for a more dramatic and detailed effect. Our plaid design has a second layer that we added with pink paint.
4. Remove stencil from kraft paper
After the wrapping paper has been painted and dried, you can cut it to size and use it to wrap all the gifts under your tree. Tie each box with a color-coordinated bow and become the season’s craftiest gifter! After Christmas morning, the paper can be used in your fireplace guilt-free. Our mylar stencils can also be used year after year for any project.