You’ve got the holidays under control, with the perfect gift for everyone on your list. But wait – don’t reach for the Santa wrapping paper yet.
Your gifts deserve a presentation that is equally as special as the thought and care that you put into choosing them. And your unique, personal touches will make your presents even more memorable for your friends and family. We’ve gathered our favorite ideas for wrapping gifts and designing Christmas cards to inspire you to make your own delightful decorations.
CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING IDEAS
Artistic Wrapping Paper
Make your own wrapping paper with shiny Pen-Touch markers.
Use your creative talents to make fancy wrapping paper that you can’t find in any store. Use your lettering skills to wrap gifts with an inspiring message or make artistic brush stroke patterns and paint splatters for a modern look.
Products Used: Sakura Pen-Touch Paint Markers, Raymay Swingcut Scissors
Handmade Gift Box
Box up tiny gifts with a Kuretake Gift Box Template and holiday-themed drawings.
For smaller items, make your own box from pretty paper or cardstock. Take advantage of quirky patterns or use a solid-color material and decorate it with lettering or other artwork for a box that’s truly original.
Products Used: Kuretake Gift Box Template, Kuretake Zig Wink of Stella Glitter Markers, Nikken Hobby Mate Beak Scissors
A corner punch, washi tape, and a little glue go a long way.
There’s no need to limit yourself to the gift wrap itself! Make custom decorative overlays that coordinate with the season or hint at the gift inside with paper cutouts, detailed patterns, paintings, and even photographs.
Products Used: Kuretake KurePunch Corner Paper Punch, MT Slim Washi Tape, Tombow Pit Hi-Power Aroma Glue Sticks
Wax Seals & Decorations
Sealing wax is a sophisticated gift-wrapping accent.
Set off your package with sealing wax for a vintage look. Seal strings and ribbons in place with a well-placed dollop of wax and use the initial of the person the gift is for to make subtle gift tags. Choose traditional sealing wax for a satisfying “crack” when your recipient breaks the seal on Christmas morning.
Products Used: J. Herbin Kings’ Sealing Wax with Wick, J. Herbin Wood Handle for Wax Seals, J. Herbin Brass Wax Seal
Washi Tape Ribbons & Bunting
Cut washi tape into bunting or use it instead of ribbons.
Washi tape is tremendously versatile for wrapping gifts. It comes in all kinds of colors and patterns, so there’s an option for every style and recipient. Use it to add a simple pop of color, stand in for ribbons, or form the basis of an elaborate design.
Products Used: Washi Tape, Pilot Oil-Based Twin Markers, Kokuyo AiroFit Non-Stick Scissors
Gold dot washi tape perfectly complements trendy polka dots.
Don’t forget to label your gifts! Wrap tags in the same washi tape as the present, stamp them with matching sealing wax, or use a contrasting paper color and decorate the tag with a complementary pattern to your paper.
Products Used: Uni Posca Markers, MT Patterns Washi Tape, Sakura Pigma Micron Drawing Pens, Raymay Swingcut Scissors
Make the card part of your gift with color-in note cards and mini drawing pens.
If your gift-giving repertoire consists of gift certificates and cash, you can still dazzle your dear ones with a fun presentation. Tuck your gift into a blank coloring-book style note card and tape a couple of well-chosen pens to the envelope for the recipient to color the card with.
Products Used: Johanna Basford Notecards, Stabilo Point 88 Mini Fineliner Marker Pens, MT Patterns Washi Tape
HOLIDAY CARD IDEAS
Use a template to cut envelopes to perfectly fit your cards.
Send holiday cards and thank-you notes with one-of-a-kind stationery that perfectly matches the occasion. Use envelope templates to make your own envelopes from special paper that looks exactly how you want it. You can also use smaller envelope templates to make sleeves for gift tags.
Products Used: Kuretake Handmade Envelope Templates, Uni Posca Markers, Kuretake Zig 2 Way Glue Pens, Nikken Hobby Mate Beak Scissors
Make your own cards with woodsy tape and shiny lettering.
Use craft paper to make unique Christmas cards that suit your style. Decorate them with calligraphic holiday greetings, tasteful accents, drawings, pretty patterns and more – your imagination is the only limit!
Products Used: Art Alternatives Barc Wood Tapes, Kuretake KurePunch Corner Paper Punch, Kuretake Zig Wink of Luna Metallic Brush Pens, Raymay Swingcut Scissors
Sealed Season’s Greetings
Go vintage and close Christmas cards with sealing wax.
Use sealing wax that coordinates with the holiday’s colors for an old-world look. Choose supple wax for Christmas cards to ensure that seals make it through the mail intact.
Products Used: Global Solutions Large Wick Sealing Wax, Global Solutions Wax Seals
Glittering Holiday Messages
Glitter ink makes letters extra-special.
Sparkling special-occasion ink adds a festive touch to Christmas, New Year’s, and even thank-you cards. Write your message in calligraphy to maximize the ink’s dramatic effect, or use ordinary writing for a more subtle shimmer.
Products Used: J. Herbin 1670 Anniversary Ink, Regal 286 Ernest Hemingway Fountain Pen
Meaningful Thank You Cards
A painting of fun Iwako Novelty Erasers makes a playful card.
Show your appreciation for the gifts you receive with thoughtful thank-you cards. Draw a picture of the present itself or paint yourself using it to make cards that truly delight your friends and family.
Products Used: Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens, MT Slim Washi Tape, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Canson XL Mix Media Pad
THAT’S A WRAP
Do you make your own wrapping paper and holiday cards? Let us know your favorite techniques in the comments below!