I can’t believe there are only four days ’til Christmas. December has passed by crazy fast! At this point, you’ve probably spent much of your December paycheck on gifts for friends and family — or at least hurriedly gettin’ that Amazon two-day shipping (aka one of the best things ever invented). Now, onto the last part: the gift wrapping. That’s actually my favorite part of the gifting process — wrapping the presents in beautiful paper and matching each one with ribbons, bows, and colorful string. It’s like crafting but on reindeer nip (and for anyone who knows me, I LOVE crafting. Like, it’s probably unhealthy sometimes).
But eventually the price of paper adds up, especially when you have a ton of gifts to wrap. Or maybe you want to make your gift wrap more personal. Whatever the motivation, I wanted to share what I did this Christmas.
When I sat down to wrap my gifts, I just happened to have a roll of brown masking paper from Home Depot (from, you guessed it, another crafting project), which turned out to be an amazing canvas for creativity. At Home Depot, you can get 180 feet of 9-inch, 12-inch, and 18-inch masking paper for $3-$4. Let me repeat: 180 FEET. The rolls of paper come in brown, red, and green — perfect for Christmas!
You can paint it, write on it, draw on it — whatever you like. Just keep in mind that it will bleed through (since it isn’t official wrapping paper), so you’ll want to put newspaper underneath. What I did was take a black Sharpie and write out the recipient’s favorite Christmas song. For my dad’s present, I wrote out “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and on my grandmother’s I wrote out “Joy to the World.” And you don’t even have to use a Christmas song. I wrote out Michael Jackson lyrics on my friend’s. :D
Will they even notice what’s written on there? Who knows. But I loved the minimalist look this masking paper gave the finished present. Sometimes official wrapping paper can be a little too loud and have a tad too many colors and pictures. This is a simple alternative at a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can personalize each one even more with ribbons and bows of your choice. You can use typical pretty ribbon to dress it up or tie it up with brown string to make it look like an old-timey package for a more country-Christmas look.
I finished mine off with homemade gift labels, and voila! I had fully personalized Christmas presents that only cost me a few cents each. Plus, next to the the fancy wrapping paper, my minimalist presents actually do stand out under the tree.
I know how tight money is for everyone these days (especially young adults my age), so hopefully this can inspire someone to make their own Christmas-present masterpieces. And if you do, I’d love to see!! Send in any pictures, and we’ll post them here so everyone can admire your work. Good, bad, ugly — who cares? It really is the thought that counts, and that’s what gifting is all about.
P.S. Write smaller and with tighter letters if you really want them to notice what you’ve written!