Create special DIY Christmas wrapping paper and it might just be the best part of the gift. You can make Christmas gift tags that do double duty as ornaments.
Hang the gift tags on the tree once the gifts are opened. How cool is that. And the Christmas wrapping paper…..just wait until you see it.
How pretty is that paper. The paisley print wrapping paper is to die for and the stenciled Christmas tree gift wrap is just right for the “I’ll stick with traditional colors” guy.
The paisley stencil is by Handmade Charlotte for FolkArt. I love her designs.
The paints, stencils, and brushes I used are made by Plaid Crafts.
The trees are just the cutest and I’m sharing how to stencil those first, then the pretty paisley paper, and ending with the tree gift tags. I have a super secret technique for the gift tag.
I lined up the stencil with the edge of the brown Kraft paper and used stencil tape to hold the stencil in place. Then I started stenciling.
guys already know to use a dry brush when stenciling. That's my number one stenciling tip.
I used two shades of green from the Apple Barrel ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint 16 Color Set and FolkArt Metallic Christmas Green for the trees. I used the darker green Mountain Forest color first.
As you can see I didn’t cover all the trees completely with the first color. I added layers of color waiting for each color to dry before going to the next color.
This gives the stencil character and dimension. Beats using only one color for sure.
The tree stumps are Chocolate Sprinkles (brown) from the same paint kit. I moved the stencil along as I painted using the last row of trees as markers.
Now we’re going to use the pretty paisley stencil.
I selected four colors for the paisley print and poured them on a paper plate. As you can see it doesn’t take much paint for a stencil project. The four colors are Acapulco, Mountain Forest, Candy Apple, and Paradise Pink.
I started with Mountain Forest and just painted parts of the stencil.
See, just bits and pieces here and there. This is one of those perfectly imperfect projects.
Next I painted parts of the stencil Candy Apple (red). After that was dry I used Acapulco over the green just hit or miss. You don’t want to cover the green completely. And I painted with Paradise Pink over the red, also hit or miss.
Using the four colors gives the stenciled design character and depth. No flat monotone stenciling for me.
Time to stencil the gift tag. I used the tree stencil and placed one tree in the middle of the gift tag. I used Acapulco (turquoise) to stencil the tree.
Then……getting to the fun part…..after the Acapulco paint dried I used the Mountain Forest Green and just dabbed the stencil bristles straight down on the tree.
Can you see how it left little bits of green color on the turquoise? The layered look is so much better than looking at one flat paint color.
Once the stenciled tree was completely dry I used the tip end of the stencil brush and dipped it into the Candy Apple paint.
I then touched the tip to the tree adding red ornaments in various places. Ta-Dah! New technique.
And remember. After the gift is opened the Christmas gift tags make cute keepsake ornaments for the tree. Win-Win.
See the complete tutorial (me in person, easy to understand) I recorded on Facebook live here....
The paisley stencil is perfect for year round use. I can see the stencil on white wrapping paper done in various shades of silver, silver metallic maybe.
That would be a nice look for shower or wedding paper. You could always stencil a swirl on the gift tag, no tree needed. I used wood gift tags for this project but the manila paper one’s would work too.
See another of my special DIY gift wrap projects here...Kraft Paper Gift Wrap.
DIY Christmas Wrapping Paper And Christmas Gift Tags
How about customizing your own wrapping paper. Maybe go with a theme or customize each paper to fit the gift recipient? Which was your favorite design, the trees or the paisley print?
Thanks for being here and have a great weekend, Kathy
disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid Enterprises. All project ideas and photography are my own. Gift card giveaway courtesy of Plaid Enterprises.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com