Cool marble and cozy faux fur for a winter birthday gift.
I’m not a big fan of most wrapping paper created for kids. Emblazoned with trademarked characters from movies and television shows, I find them all rather tacky. Typically I will opt for bold colours and fun patterns — something kids will like but that is not an assault on my own aesthetic sensibilities.
This vibrant DIY wrapping paper made using a colourful combination of tapes is a perfect solution. The half-and-half dot looks more complicated to create than they are and add extra fun to the confetti pattern. It’s like a party! Read on for the full tutorial.
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SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
TIME NEEDED: Approximately 30–60 minutes
SCOTCH® BRAND SUPPLIES + Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue
OTHER SUPPLIES/TOOLS + Scissors + Matte white wrapping paper from The Paper Place + Parchment paper + 3/4" circle punch + 1" circle punch + Ribbon
1. Wrap your box. Cut your paper to size, then wrap it around your gift and secure in place with Scotch® Permanent Double Sided Tape.
2. Make the dots. Apply a strip of Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Blue Solid, to the parchment paper. Take a strip of another colour — Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue - tape it to the parchment paper, slightly overlapping the first strip - the overlap will help the two pieces stay together when you remove the tape from the parchment paper. Repeat with all the colour and pattern combinations you’d like to include.
I used the following pairs:
+ Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Pastel Blue Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Techno Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue and Green Solid + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Pink + Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Medium Blue + Scotch® Expressions Magic™ Tape, Blue Green and Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Pastel Pink Solid
I also included dots of solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Pink and solid Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape, Techno Blue.
Once you have your strips of tape prepared, position the 3/4” circle punch so each tape fills half the circle; punch a hole. Repeat using both the 3/4” and 1” circle punches until you have enough dots to cover your wrapped gift.
3. Apply the dots to the paper. Gently remove the parchment paper from the back of your first dot and stick to your wrapped gift (Begin peeling up from the tape that is underneath, so the two halves stay together). I applied my dots in a loose, random arrangement, mixing colours, patterns and sizes.
4. Add the final touches. Once you’ve finished sticking on the dots and are happy with the design, tie a ribbon around the gift and attach a gift tag.
EXPERT TIP: Choose a white or light coloured paper in which to wrap your gift. It will allow the colours of the tape to pop.
My husband knows me well. One day he came home with a package of letter stencils for me. I think he picked them up from Staples or somewhere. The stencils are nothing fancy — your standard cardboard cut-out letters for making utilitarian signage. But they’re exactly the type of item I love to store away for making things.
And when it came time to wrap a present for my husband, naturally I pulled out the stencils.
What I made was a quick and easy military-inspired paper — a perfect complement to what was going inside the package. (You’ll have to check back on Monday to find out what it was. Yeah, I’m a tease.)
To make, first I cut the paper to size and roughly wrapped it around the gift to figure out placement of my stencilled message. Next, I lined up the letters to spell out Happy Birthday. The stencil set comes with only one of each letter, so first I did “HAP” then “PY.” The slightly off-kilter alignment suited the look I was going for, but if you want your letters to line up straighter, use a ruler and pencil to mark out your placement. I then taped the letters in place with washi tape (which doesn’t tear up the paper if you remove it gently enough) and used a small ink pad to “paint” inside the stencil (place the ink pad face-down directly onto the paper).
Once dry, the paper was ready for wrapping!
Curious to know what’s inside the package? Check back on Monday to find out!