Another in my Christmas preparation series, are we feeling anywhere near prepared folks? This week I’ll show you how simple it is to make cheap and festive wrapping paper at home. Homemade wrapping paper needn’t be boring, folks. As you’ve probably guessed, I pick up a lot of my wrapping paper in the sales. I’m still working through a stash of brown parcel paper I bought in the Ikea sale for next to nothing and red wrapping paper I bought in the Tesco sale for 14p a roll about three years ago. However for something a bit different I make my own.
I save all of our newspapers and go through to find pages that don’t have huge logos, images or advertisements (harder than it sounds) and simply stamp a festive pattern onto the paper using an old washing up sponge, with a shape cut into it, and cheap poster paint. Hang on the washing line to dry, et voila, cheap and attractive, recycled wrapping paper.A few tips:– Have a spare piece of paper hanging around so you can blot off excess paint.– Brush the paint onto the sponge for a more delicate, vintage look.– Add glitter to the paint for a kitsch twist.– When storing the paper for a long time, roll instead of folding so the paint doesn’t flake.– Use a stencil or cookie cutter to trace a shape onto the old washing up sponge.Don’t leave it until December to get going with this. Get at least half of the amount needed for wrapping done now so that you can enjoy the lead up to the festive season without constantly staring at your To Do list. You might find useful:Christmas Eve hampers for childrenHomemade Christmas VouchersFamily secret santaSnowflake prints from poppy flower husks.