This year I decided to add a personal touch to my Christmas packages by handpainting some gift wrap. It is amazingly freeing to just let yourself go on a whole roll of plain white gift wrap! I used plain wrap from Ikea that is white on one side, and kraft colored on the other side, but any plain wrap would do. I chose to stick with three colors so that whatever design I painted it would all be coordinated. Cheap acrylic paint works great.
I did quick and easy things like stripes, big strokes with a large dry brush, and simple shapes likes xs or dashes or circles. Using a brayer left some nice texture while doing some quick coverage. I also stamped with cosmetic sponges, dripped and dribbled, made polka dots, and just generally had fun!
I also painted some coordinating gift bags and tags, which add the finishing touch to your packages. Here are some tags and gift boxes/envelopes from other years:
These are made from the humble toilet paper tube, and sheets of ordinary cardstock. Cover with paint and you have a transformation!
Who wouldn’t love a gift with a beautiful hand painted tag?
What are the artsy ways you make your gift packages extra special?