I love the idea of hand drawn wrapping paper. Each little gift, with a different motif designed especially for the recipient , all lovingly created by hand...
Of course, I can't really draw. And I certainly can't draw well enough to risk just creating original artwork directly on a wrapped package. So, I came up with this very easy handmade gift wrap idea that even those of us without the skills can whip up in under ten minutes. The snowflakes are a bit stylized, reminiscent of both childhood and modernist interpretations, and each one's just a little different, making an elegant yet obviously handmade gift wrap that draws your eyes across its surface.
Materials and Tools
- Solid gift wrap or craft paper
- Yard stick or ruler
- Paint pen
1. Layout a piece of gift wrap, and lightly tape it to the work surface. Use the pencil and yardstick to make a tiny dot every 1.5".
2. Use the paint pen to make a basic four-line snowflake, with its center resting on the pencil dot. Practice your technique just a bit before marking on the gift wrap.
3. Continue making snowflakes on each dot. Once you get into the rhythm, it takes no time at all. I whipped up a 24 x 36" sheet in about eight minutes - five to mark the paper, and three to fill in the snowflakes.