Goodbye Gift Tags: Make Personalized Wrapping Paper

Red and green may be the "official" Christmas colors, but I much prefer all my Christmases to be white: white sparkly lights, white snow outside, and white snowy decor inside. This year I decided to forego my usual brown kraft wrapping paper in favor of white, but wanted to add a little modern pop to it...

If you love the idea of this personalized gift wrap, here's how you can get the look for yourself.

Cut First, Write Second Cut an appropriately sized piece of paper for your gift (I am using huge old blueprints that the previous owner left in this house. When lined with another smaller piece, the lines and writing are impossible to see). I assume you are better at cutting straight lines than I am.

Place + Write Line your gift up on the paper, make a mental note of the gift's borders, and then write the recipient's name. Don't worry too much about constraining the writing to the gift's outline — I think it looks best when the writing overlaps the sides of the package, and was frustrated that I couldn't seem to get myself to write larger. Don't be afraid! You'll still be able to read what you wrote. I used a king-sized sharpie, with a scrap piece of cardboard underneath to protect the table. Write as swoopily, formally, aggressively, or neatly as you please.

Wrap As Usual Line the gift up over the name, but again, there's no need to sweat that it's perfect. I taped all of the gifts closed on the underside using clear tape, and while I toyed with several black twine and ribbon options, I felt the packages looked best when kept unadorned (with the exception of oddly-shaped gifts that were most easily wrapped with twine).

To + From In One Because each gift is inscribed with the giver's own handwriting, it is immediately clear both who the gift is for and who it is from. These are all done in my handwriting, but the presents from the other members of my household will be totally distinctive (and adorable, in the case of the 7-year old).

Pile Of Presents As easy as it is to be annoyed by my own handwriting, once there was a proper heap of presents, I was pleased with the overall effect. The cursive swoops on each gift swirl into those on the next, and the graphic effect is bold but clean enough not to overwhelm the rest of our decor.

(Image credits: Tess Wilson)

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